Joakim Persson, Managing Editor ScandAsia

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Finland and Helsinki comes to Singapore

– Brings huge delegation, hosting a range of events As Finland celebrates 100 years as an independent nation in 2017 the Nordic country is strongly stepping up cooperation and partnerships between stakeholders in Singapore and Finland. Connecting people and fostering collaboration opportunities via more than 60 events throughout 2017 the effort will be at its…

New Finnish embassy and ambassador in Myanmar

As the Diplomatic Mission of Finland Yangon is being turned into an embassy, Finland‘s first Ambassador to Myanmar, Riikka Laatu, is due to arrive in country in early September! “After four years of significant changes in development policy, interesting years as Finland’s first Ambassador to Myanmar are awaiting Riikka Laatu. She is excited about her…

Finland 100 Years Gala Hong Kong announced

Hong Kong is first out in the region to announce the details of the upcoming centenary celebrations, to peak in December! “You are cordially invited to join the Finnish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong at our annual Celebrate Finland Gala this time in honour of Finland’s 100 years of independence.” The annual gala dinner…

Denmark’s new ambassador arrives to Jakarta

Rasmus Abildgaard Kristensen is being welcomed as the new Danish ambassador to Jakarta by the Embassy of Denmark, Indonesia, arriving on 10 September. “He is eager get started building on the strong partnership between Indonesia and Denmark,” writes the embassy. Rasmus comes from a position in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of…

Danish Ambassador, Singapore to give eldercare innovation speech

H.E. Mrs Dorte Bech Vizard, Danish Ambassador to Singapore, will be part of the Opening Panel and give a speech about ‘Innovations in eldercare – a lifelong journey’ at the SMU Social Impact Festival 11 September (yes, it’s open to public!) This inaugural SMU Social Impact Festival is also open to public. The festival is…

Singapore students to attend talent program in Finland

In early August Finland’s Ambassador Paula Parviainen attended an event at Ngee Ann Polytechnic in Singapore with 20 students from the Overseas Merit Fellowship team, as they will go to Finland in September to attend a talent development program of 16 days focused on the Circular economy at the Turku University of Applied Sciences. The…

Finnish Your Dinner held in Singapore

In Singapore the Finnish Your Dinner 2017 was held at Hollandse Club Singapore. “Finnish Your Dinner is modelled on Dinner Under the Sky, an annual Summer event held in Helsinki. This August the festivities were extended to everywhere the sky is visible. Also in Singapore we had our own event with excellent Finnish food, drinks…

Blue Ocean Robotics arrives to Asia via Singapore JV

Blue Ocean Robotics (Denmark) on 14 August announced the opening of Blue Ocean Robotics SEA (Southeast Asia) with base in Singapore, where the needs of a rapidly ageing society and a focused political initiative on market development, are driving demand for robotics. The establishment is motivated by the government’s earmarked budget of SGD 450 million…

Danish, Swedish attendance at TechX Asia 2017

igital Disruptions & Transformations: Are Asian organisations prepared to thrive in the new digital economy? According to the new survey by Thomson Reuters, 78% of Asian businesses view disruption as an opportunity for them, but at the same time 51% of respondents see it as a threat to their business models. With disruption potentially being…

Finnish-initiated Women in Tech, Singapore returns

One of the many highly interesting events taking place as part of the ‘Finland 100 at Singapore Innovation Week’ official programme is the Women in Tech Conference (Asia). Women In Tech is run by a Finn; entrepreneur/business kickstarter Jenni Risku. The initiative, which is held in association with SWITCH week (Singapore Week of Innovation and…