Joakim Persson, Managing Editor ScandAsia

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PanAsia Becomes 100 pct Subsidiary of Norske Skog

Norske Skog by the end of 2005 purchased Pan Asia Paper Company, previously owned by Canada’s Abitibi Consolidated, and is now the world’s largest producer of newsprint.         Norske Skog completed the transaction by transferring USD 600 million (NOK 4 billion) to Abitibi Consolidated in settlement of the deal. This makes PanAsia a wholly-owned subsidiary to Norske…

Sweden’s new consul-general look forward to three years on Phuket

Sweden upgraded its representation to a general consulate on Phuket in early 2005, and as a new consul-general, Alf Karlsson, 61, came in September to stay for three years, the mission will at least not change before 2008. There is also talk of the consulate moving into Phuket town in 2006.         At the same time…

Second Norwegian memorial trip on 3-9 October

The second memorial trip to Thailand for Norwegian relatives of those killed in last December’s tsunami will take place on 3 to 9 October 2005, with around 160 Norwegians participating.         The Norwegian parliament has approved the government sponsoring the trip where a memorial ceremony takes place on Friday 7 October.         The Norwegian government’s foreign ministry…

DTAC expands rural network in Thailand

Nokia and Thai mobile operator Total Access Communications PLC (DTAC), co-owned by Telenor of Norway, have extended their frame agreement to expand DTAC’s GSM/GPRS/EDGE network in Thailand.      For an approximate value of USD 212 million Nokia delivers a significant number of its EDGE-enabled UltraSite base stations as well as the Nokia NetAct (TM) network and…

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…