Latest Scandinavian China & Hong Kong News

Norwegian Minister of Finance Visits China

Norway’s Minister of Finance Mr. Sigbjørn Johnsen will visit China in the period 10-14 April, on invitation from China’s Minister of Finance Xie Xuren. Apart from meetings at the Ministry of Finance, Mr Johnsen will have talks with the National Development and Reform Comission (NDRC), China Investment Corporation (CIC) and representatives from the People’s Bank…

DI: The Chinese Are Catching Up

The quality of Chinese products is improving. This, in combination with low wages, shakes a dangerous cocktail for Danish companies, writes the Confederation of Danish Industry (DI). A medium-sized Danish industrial company with a production plant in China asked the firm Asia Base Research to analyse the market because the company was losing orders to…

Danish PHD Programme For Chinese Top Students

A new Industrial PhD Programme seeks to attract top students who will earn a PhD degree by doing research both at a university and with a Danish company. Next application deadline is 12 April 2010. The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation has launched an initiative to strengthen the relationship between Danish and Chinese…

Norwegian Rock Bands Tour China

The Norwegian rock bands K-Jell, Goldenboy, Desert Son and Steinar Hjelmbrekke will from April 24 to May 2 do an extensive China tour, performing in several Chinese cities. The four Bergen based bands have for many years had a solid fan base in Norway, and are now ready to tour China, performing in Wuhan, Changsha,…

China Fashion Week

A new generation of talented designers recently got the opportunity to showcase their creations in Beijing with the Hempel Award 18th China International Young Fashion Designers Contest. The contest is part of the China Fashion Week and included one Norwegian hopeful, Morten Ljosland.       Sissel Isachsen, who teaches at Oslo University College, was invited to sit…

Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility to be set up in Beijing

In connection with the visit to Sweden by China’s Vice President Xi Jinping, the Government announced the establishment of a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility at the Embassy in Beijing. An action plan for cooperation between Sweden and China was also signed on the 29th of May.       The centre will work to further develop the…

Buttercookies and Fairytales in Shanghai

Hans Christian Andersen did not write stories for children. Sure, a few of his fairytales are sweet and innocent, but looking at the body of the man’s work, it is more blood, gore and punishment, than it is living happily ever after. Professor Svend Hakon Rossel pauses. He looks at the students in front of…

Geely Pledges Major Volvo Capital Boost

Chinese car maker Zhejiang Geely Holding has vowed to pump an extra $900 million dollars into Volvo Cars on top of the $1.8 billion purchase price in a bid to revive the Swedish brand’s flagging fortunes.Geely will spend $2.7 billion dollars taking over Volvo, which includes theoriginal price tag plus $900 million in working capital,…

Ericsson Takes Home Massive Chinese Orders

Ericsson has signed two massive orders worth a combined $1.8 billion from China Mobile and China Unicom, according to a statement from the Swedish telecom company. Ericsson said it had won a $1 billion contract with China’s top operator China Mobile to provide it with equipment to “dramatically boost the capacity of the network and…

Film on Little Meraid’s Journey to China

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei who designed the Bird’s Nest stadium for Beijing Olympics will capture in a video the first overseas journey of Copenhagen’s landmark bronze statue the Little Mermaid to Shanghai, a media report said. The statue, created by Danish sculptor Edvard Eriksen in 1913, left Denmark’s Copenhagen harbour Thursday and will be displayed…