Category: General news

No more driving license for Swedes in Asia






Swedes living in Asia ought to pay attention: Under a bill before the Riksdag, new rules will come into force that will affect people who are permanently resident abroad and who wish to renew their Swedish driving licence. If you have a Swedish driving licence and live abroad, you can use your Swedish licence for…

Denmark, Indonesia discuss strengthening defence sector






On 9 March 2017 the Embassy of Denmark in Indonesia paid a visit to the Indonesian Minister of Defence, Pak Ryamizard Ryacudu. During the meeting current defence affairs and concrete opportunities for increased cooperation were discussed, and the joint commitment to continue strengthening the strategic partnership was confirmed. Source: Embassy of Denmark in Indonesia

False ‘Scania’ bus in yet another deadly Thailand traffic accident






On Friday 10 March the Swedish flagship brand Scania bus was again occurring in Thai media for the wrong reason. Media reported that a double-decker coach had plunged into a ravine in Prachin Buri, during a school field trip killing six people and injuring 44 others. The bus was marked as a Scania and was…

Ambassador confirms Ikea coming to Philippines






There has long been talk about an IKEA opening in the Philippines. At a roundtable media meeting, Harald Fries, Ambassador of Sweden to the Philippines, apparently confirmed that an IKEA would be coming to the Philippines soon. The opening of an IKEA would imply major investments and recruitment of manpower. “There would be great opportunities…

Survey: Thailand the Asian country with least increase in corruption






In your opinion, over the past year, has the level of corruption in this country increased or decreased or stayed the same? This was among questions asked to nearly 22,000 people by Transparency International in the Asia Pacific region, for the ‘People and Corruption: Asia Pacific, part of the Global Corruption Barometer series’. Of those…

Sweden launches gender equality photo competition in Hanoi






Pereric Hogberg, Ambassador of Sweden to Vietnam, launched a photo competition highlighting gender equality in Vietnam on Monday 6 March 2017. In connection to the International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Vietnam Women’s Museum is launching a national contest searching for families…

Angry workers damage H&M factory in Myanmar






”H&M group is one of the leading fashion retailers globally when it comes to sustainability and have for many years put great efforts to improve working conditions and strengthen workers’ rights in the countries where our products are manufactured. Our local presence in the production countries, including Myanmar, is essential in this work,” writes H&M…

Finnish Minister speaks for Gender Equality in Beijing






On 28 February 2017 Finnish Business Council and the Finnish Embassy in Beijing organised an event for gender equality called “Career Women First” which was also part of Finland’s independence celebration. Timo Soini, the Foreign Minister of Finland, attended the event where he gave a keynote speech encouraging career women to strive for the top.…