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Swedish Visa application center opened in Yangon

The Embassy of Sweden Bangkok has announced the opening of their Visa Application Centre operated by VFS Global Myanmar Ltd. in Yangon. On July 2, the Embassy’s Migration Liaison Officer, Mr Magnus Petrone, was in Yangon to open the Swedish Visa Application Center operated by VFS Global. The center is now up and running. If…

Slush, Finnish and Swedish solutions, start-ups at Startup Thailand

Startup Thailand’s 2018 main Bangkok event, held in May, saw presentations from highly interesting Finnish and Swedish start-ups as well as an introduction from Slush Singapore and Startup Commons, a company from Finland providing expertise globally on building digital start-up systems. Startup Commons’ workshop on 18 May was titled ‘Digital Side of Startup Ecosystem Development,…

Wallenberg foundation donates big for NTU Singapore fellowship

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (KAW) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have just announced a big donation of 50 million Swedish krona (S$7.6 million) as endowed gift to establish a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship. The donation is the largest single gift in perpetuity by a foreign entity to NTU Singapore. The Wallenberg-NTU Fellowship…

Victor Sukseree – a well-known Hua Hin personality and Sweden’s Honorary Consul

Following 28 years at the helm of Thailand’s famous seaside resort Dusit Thani Hua Hin, Sweden’s Honorary Consul has finally retired as the General Manager of the hotel. This however does not mean that Mr Victor Sukseree will no longer be a principle player in this royally accredited resort town – on the contrary, he…

Denmark co-organised Indonesia Circular Economy Forum

On June 28-30 Embassy of Denmark in Jakarta together with Greeneration Foundation organised the multidisciplinary event ‘2nd Indonesia Circular Economy Forum 2018’, in Surabaya, Indonesia. With the help from Blue Economy Foundation, Indonesia Global Compact Network and Yayasan Pengembangan Produksi Bersih Nasional, the forum allowed attendants to gain new knowledge and to share experiences in…

Team Finland Bangkok visited Huhtamaki plant

On Tuesday 12 June, Finland’s Ambassador Satu Suikkari-Kleven together with her Team Finland in Bangkok and a representative from Thai-Finnish Chamber of Commerce (TFCC) visited Huhtamaki‘s factory in Samutsakorn. Huhtamaki, a prominent Finnish company, is a global specialist in packaging for food and drink. Today, Huhtamaki employs approximately 16,000 employees in over 70 manufacturing units…

Swedish Ambassador met with Thai Ministers, highlighting 150 years

On 26 June Swedish Ambassador Staffan Herrström paid courtesy calls to Thai ministers, also highlighting the 150 years Anniversary between Thailand and Sweden and some activities the Embassy is planning during 2018. The Ambassador met with H.E. General Surasak Karnjanarat, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, discussing cooperation on joint global challenges within Oceans and…

Denmark’s Malaysia ambassador climbed Mount Kinabalu

Diplomats need to see things from above – sense the lay of the land. So on Sunday, June 24, our Ambassador Jesper Vahr, together with Ambassador Postl of Austria and UN Resident Coordinator Priesner, hiked to the top of Mount Kinabalu at 4,095 metres – often described as the highest peak in geographical Southeast Asia,…

Nordics joined Vietnam plastic pollution advocacy campaign

On 4 June Finland, along with Denmark, Norway and Sweden, along with other international partners established a joint effort in combating plastic pollution in Vietnam. Forty-one embassies and international organisations marked World Environment Day by signing a Code of Conduct on Combatting Plastic Pollution. The signing ceremony was a highlight in the Plastic Pollution Advocacy…

Norway pledges extra funding for marine litter fight

‘Norway is playing a leading role in the global effort to eliminate marine litter. The Government is proposing to increase funding for Norway’s development programme to combat marine litter by NOK 130 million in 2018. This programme is a key element of the Government’s general focus on the oceans, and an important contribution to the…