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Thai women exploited and dumped in Norway






Like in a similar report from Sweden recently where the Thai embassy warned Thai women of Swedish men, increasing numbers of women from Thailand marrying Norwegians and moving to Norway, are ending up dumped or forced into prostitution, reports newspaper Aftenposten.      “This is incredibly sad,” Tove Smaadahl of the Norwegian Women’s Crisis Secretariat told newspaper…

Norway Erases Vietnam’s Debt






Norway has cancelled all of Vietnam’s NOK 35 million debt to Norway. In return, the Government of Vietnam has agreed to mobilise an equivalent amount for development and poverty reduction. The funds thus mobilised will be allocated within a two-year period to a programme undertaken in Vietnam by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)…

Thailand’s ID-cards order for Precise Biometrics






Precise Biometrics AB, a Swedish-based company has received an order from Thai authorities to license Precise Match-on-Card technology in the initial phase of Thailand’s new national ID card project. The order has been taken in collaboration with Smart Card Systems International Co. Ltd (SSI), the company’s local integrator and service partner.      In the first phase…

Norwegian Tsunami Victims Toll Now 84






Three more Norwegians have been officially identified as fatalities in the tsunami catastrophe that struck Southeast Asia just after last Christmas, reported Norwegian news agency NTB in early March 2005.      According the newly updated lists compiled by the National Criminal Investigation Service (NCIS), 63 are now dead and 21 are still missing.      Superintendent Reidar Nilsen,…

178 Finns Perished in the Tsunami






In all 178 Finns perished in the tsunami disaster in Southeast asia. Nearly three months after the tsunami the authorities are for the first time certain of this figure.      Until March 18, 90 dead were identified as Finns, of which 81 definitely. Identifying children is more time-consuming, said supreme superintendent Göran Wennqvist to the Finnish…

The Thailand Specialists Continue Promotion in Scandinavia






Despite a very tough period in business since the tsunami struck on the Andaman coast, the Phuket-based Thailandspecialisten, run by two Swedes, is optimistic about the future. They continue promoting Thailand as a tourist destination with confidence.      Its Managing Director Pelle Johansson reports in March from the Swedish International Travel & Tourism Trade Fair (TUR…

Tourists from the north of Sweden can fly charter directly to Thailand in 2006






The demand among Swedes for trips to Thailand is back with full force. Proof for that is when the Swedish charter tour company Fritidsresor recently launched trips for the next winter season from the town Luleå, in the north of Sweden, to Phuket.      The demand was so strong that the tour operator adds three more…

Increased opportunities to travel directly between Sweden and Thailand/Malaysia






The Swedish Civil Aviation Authority, LFV, informs of more travel opportunities between Sweden and Southeast Asia. Both Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines will increase their traffic to Stockholm-Arlanda airport.      After only a few months since its start Malaysia Airlines will upgrade the Kuala Lumpur-Stockholm-New York route on March 27, to three weekly flights and change…