Joakim Persson, Managing Editor ScandAsia

Represents, and drives ScandAsia's services for business engagement and outreach.

Quality is Key for Thailand’s First Officially licensed Swedish School

Things can seem so unlikely that it is striking sometimes what is actually achievable in Thailand, given its micro-society rules and sluggish bureaucracy: in August 2010 the Quality Swedish School (QSS) in Kamala, Phuket was officially licensed by Thai authorities to operate as a Swedish school in Thailand. It was the first school ever to…

Johan Staël von Holstein in Singapore: We Are Enslaved by 2.0 Technologies!

The Swedish serial entrepreneur Johan Staël von Holstein has made Singapore his new home since a few years back.  He hopes he will be able to stay on, now seeing Singapore as the country with the “smartest politicians in the whole world” and as splendid for business start-ups.   Johan thinks Singapore is the one…

MASBA Celebrating 25 With Back to the 80’s

When the Malaysia Sweden Business Association celebrated its 25 years anniversary with a bonanza on October 13th 2011 it did so without any representatives from the Embassy of Sweden, Kuala Lumpur, which had closed down, but instead Sweden’s mission in Jakarta attended. However it was by then also cleared that the closure would thankfully be…

Portensis Strongly Believing in Malaysia Investment

For a few years now MalaysiaSpecialisten have been promoting Malaysia to Scandinavians as a tourist country and also its Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme targeting foreign investors. The former Astra Zeneca employees Jan Orrnert and his partner Sarojini Thangavelu, have promoted MM2H along with Prakash Aramugam, who is an expert on visas and other…

Swede Wins Property Award in Thailand

On December 6th 2011, thirty months after the actual beginning of the project Mandala in Bang Tao, it was finally recognised by the Thanachart Bank Thailand Property Awards for its Mandala Condominiums as the Best Condo Development on Phuket. Its initiator, builder and entrepreneur Staffan Nordstrand from Sweden personally attended the awards ceremony held at…

Foldager Family Prefers Being Out of Denmark

Thanks to his wife, Bjarne Foldager today is the Managing Director for Maersk Line in Malaysia and Singapore and their three children are growing up studying in English and getting a qualitative international education. And they seem to be very much in harmony and at ease in their newly adopted hometown Kuala Lumpur. Back in…

Scandinavian Development Support: Mangroves for the Future

The Mangroves for the Future initiative (MFF) in Asia is an example of where development aid from Scandinavian countries is allocated and benefiting sustainable development, but is typically unknown to the general public. Dr Janaka de Silva, former MFF Programme Manager, explains how the funding is being used. In the wake of the 2004 Indian…