Category: International relations

Details of Swedish 2017 state visit to Indonesia






The details of the programme for Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia’s State Visit to Indonesia have been announced. ScandAsia presents most of the highlights. The Swedish State Visit to Indonesia on 22-24 May 2017 is at the invitation of President Joko Widodo. The Swedish government is represented by Foreign Minister Margot…

Norway to help Myanmar in oil cooperation






Norway and Myanmar signed an agreement for a 5-year Oil for Development program on Thursday 11 May 2017; a milestone in the cooperation between Norway and Myanmar. The aim of the program is to manage the petroleum sector in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible way, to ensure affordable and reliable energy supply to all.…

Danish help for climate adaption in Rakhine






Peter Hansen, Ambassador of Denmark to Myanmar, joined an identification mission to Maungdaw district in Rakhine State for three days last week. He met with the Chief Minister of Rakhine State to discuss the elements for a Danish supported mangrove rehabilitation and climate adaptation programme, as well as the ongoing coastal fisheries co-management programme in…

Europe Day with Laplandia Vodka, Carlsberg and Swedish Gingerbread






Food and beverages brought in from various European countries was the focus point as all 17 EU member states represented in Malaysia gathered to celebrate the annual Europe Day on 9 May 2017. This Europe Day was special since this year is the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. The Treaties of Rome established a…

Novo Nordisk focus on lifestyle diseases in Vietnam






  The improving living standards are affecting the health and disease patterns in Vietnam. There is a rapid increase in non-infectious diseases and lifestyle diseases such as cancer and diabetes. An estimate from 2011 said that 1.6 million people have diabetes in Vietnam, and by 2030 this number is estimated to reach 3.4 million. This was a…

Swedish embassy Kuala Lumpur introduced Sweden to Malaysian students






On April 24 the Embassy of Sweden in Kuala Lumpur, the Swedish Institute and representatives from Lund University and the Royal Institute of Technology KTH organized a pre-departure event for 28 students from Malaysian universities accepted for post-graduate university studies in Sweden. The Ambassador of Sweden Mr Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt started the event by giving the…

Minister goes Viking biking, discuss equality and environment in Jakarta






Biking through the streets of Jakarta to promote a more climate friendly way of commuting, signing agreements on government cooperation on water and waste management, talking interreligious dialogue and women in Islam, promoting youth engagement and protecting rainforests. Ulla Tørnæs, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, had a busy schedule on her four day visit to…

Got no money? Don’t expect to leave Thai jail






Denmark and other foreign countries have a bilateral agreement with Thailand allowing prisoners to be transferred to their home countries after serving a certain amount of years, depending on the length of penalty the prisoner has been given. But despite the bilateral agreement, prisoners should not expect to get out if they have a fine…

Indonesia clean-up day with Danish Ambassador






Casper Klynge, Ambassador of Denmark to Indonesia, and Emil Salim, Senior Development Officer, joined Maritime Coordinator Minister, Luhut Pandjaitan, in cleaning up waste in Cilincing, North Jakarta on Saturday 6 May 2017. Marine plastic waste is a critical problem for Indonesia and the world. Plastic entering the ocean negatively affects the environment, tourism and the…

Finland and Canada celebrate independence with Ice Hockey Match






Two ice hockey loving countries are celebrating big birthdays this year. Finland is celebrating their 100 year of independence while Canada is celebrating 150. On Saturday 6 May 2017, the two countries got together celebrate in their anniversaries with an expat ice hockey match in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Embassy of Finland in…