Joakim Persson, Managing Editor ScandAsia

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Icelanders purchase Sterling – might start flights to Thailand shortly

Copenhagen-based airline Sterling continues its constant growth in number of passengers, will double its number of flights in the near future in 2005, and is considering starting low-cost flights to Asia.      At the same time the two Fred Olsen-related companies Bonheur ASA and Ganger Rolf ASA, each owning 50 per cent of the airline, have…

Jonas Andersson stars TV-broadcasted Dag Hammarskjöld Centenary show in Laos

Dag Hammarskj๖ld of Sweden, Secretary General of the United Nations 1953-1961 and one of the most admired and respected international leaders of our time, will be commemorated by the Swedish embassy in Laos’ capital Vientiane on 3 June.      2005 is the 100th anniversary of Hammarskj๖ld’s birth and the celebration in Laos takes place as the…

Swedish dive boat sank in the Andaman Sea

The liveaboard yacht MY Rhapsody, operated by Phuket-based Oceanic Divecenter, that takes divers to Similan Islands, sank in early April near Surin Islands.      After a seven-hour ordeal six passengers and seven crew members were rescued after their liveaboard dive boat sank without warning.      The 25-meter yacht was anchored 300 meters from a rock when just…

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,…