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Sino-Finnish ski tunnel project in Northeast China

Finland’s Ambassador to China Mr Jarno Syrjälä visited (in September 2018) the Beishan ski tunnel project in Jilin City, Northeast China. The ski tunnel is being built as a Sino-Finnish cooperation project and the China national cross-country skiing team will start training there in the autumn. Hits: 182

Finnish children’s science academy entered Malaysia and Singapore

Finnish children’s science academy ‘Kide Science’ in October signed an agreement with the Singaporean Edufarm Learning Center.   Teacher training is to commence in November, with the first students set to arrive at the start of 2019. This new deal follows the opening of the world’s first Kide Science centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in…

China Denmark Regions, Cities Forum 2018

The China Denmark Regions and Cities Forum 2018, taking place during 20-21 November, is a conference organized by the City of Aarhus and Central Denmark Region, Chinese Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries and the Danish Embassy in Beijing. As 2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between China and Denmark, these…

Danish-Vietnamese rooftop composting initiative

The Danish embassy in October reported that the Denmark – Vietnam Alumni Network had successfully maximized the green rooftop of Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) with its Rooftop Composting Project. Built on the principle of circular economy, the project aims to reduce waste by recycling it in new ways while making cities…

Lego Education offers progress learning in Chinese schools

LEGO Education is offering a new and more progressive way of learning science and technology, engineering and math for the millions of students in China, in a US$ 500 billion education market and US$ 12 billion toy market. The exciting Lego schools are visited by curious children, who wish to learn by playing and supported…

Nordic Culture Week Wujiang

At the opening ceremony of Wujiang Road’s Nordic Culture Week on 7 November, speeches were heard from our Consul General Jan Wahlberg as well as representatives from Business Sweden and Jing’an government. Finland’s Culture Coordinator Veli-Matti Palomäki also performed Finnish music at the ceremony. Nordic Culture Week is organized by Jing’an Government Office as part…

China-Finland Committee for Innovative Business Cooperation

The 3rd meeting of China-Finland Committee for Innovative Business Cooperation was organized on 8 November in Shanghai during the China International Import Expo (preceded by working groups meetings on 7 November). Finland’s Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Anne-Mari Virolainen also attended the Committee meeting. The Committee was established during President Xi’s visit to Finland…

Swedish Collectius takes of non-performing loans Philippines

Collectius is continuing to purchase portfolios of non-performing consumer loans within Southeast Asia. The company is now spearheading the first secured portfolio in the Philippines when taking over 40 million USD non-performing loan (NPLs) portfolio with cars as collateral. The deal that consist of both auto and personal loans is Collectius’ third bank portfolio of…

Finnish embassy visited ‘Stopping Exploitation through Accessible Services’

The Embassy of Finland in Bangkok visited SEAS (Stopping Exploitation through Accessible Services) of Change’s learning centre in Rayong on 29 October. This project is funded by Kesko Corporation of Finland, Finnpartnership programme of Finnish government, SIDA of Sweden and the Richard and Helen DeVos foundation. The project aims to teach Thai, English, Khmer and…

Swedish food, beverage companies visited Singapore

On 15 October the Swedish Ambassador in Singapore hosted a reception at his Residence in conjunction with the visit to Singapore by five Swedish companies from the Food & Beverage sector, namely Orkla, Pågen, Paulig Group, Nordic Fine Food and SweCheese. The companies visited Singapore as part of Business Sweden’s ‘Food Days’, a project that…