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More Than 29,000 Finns Voted Abroad in the First Round of Presidential Elections

According to the calculations made by the polling stations themselves, the number of Finns who came to vote at the Finnish embassies, consulates and other polling facilities abroad was well over 29,000. The number is almost exactly the same as in the first round of presidential elections the last time, in the year 2000. Then…

Alvar Aalto’s Exhibition in Jakarta – Museum Nasional

An exhibition of the famous Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto will take place in Museum Nasional, Jakarta from January 13 to February 06, 2006.         The exhibition Alvar Aalto Houses – Timeless Expressions highlights seventeen one-family houses by Alvar Aalto. Buildings are presented through a selection of photographs, architectural drawings, scale models and furniture. The…

Nordic countries and Singapore join hands in Artist Exchange Program

Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (NIFCA) launched an Artist-in-Residence Exchange program. The program aims to negotiate cultural differences, explore the potential to engage in inter and cross cultural activities, as well as to further art practices.          Interested Applicants can apply online before 31 January 2006.         The program is scheduled to run between April-October 2006.         …

Finland Grants Cambodia’s Sustaining Livelihoods Project

The Government of Finland will provide a $4.7 million grant for the Sustaining Livelihoods Project in the Tonle Sap in Cambodia.         The project will help improve livelihoods and reduce poverty by financing small-scale community activities relating to social infrastructure, income-generation, and community fisheries in five provinces surrounding the Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in…

Advance Voting Abroad of Finnish Presidential Elections 2006

In Finland, the round in the Presidential Election is held on 15 January 2006 and the possible second round on 29 January 2006. Meanwhile, Finnish Expatriates can vote for their new president in advance only which will take place at the Embassy of Finland overseas.         Advance voting abroad is arranged from 4 to 7 January…

Finland Presents Its Tsunami Early Warning System to Thai

A consortium of Finnish research institutes and companies presented its study and recommendations on a tsunami and disaster Early Warning System to members of the Thai government, authorities and research institutes in a seminar held in Phuket in early December.                       The essential recommendations include the modernization of the earthquake observation and water level networks,…

Thailand’s Training on Tsunami Warning System

Thailand tested its Tsunami Warning System on Friday 16 December. The training aims to ensure that people are well trained to handle the possible incident.         The test covered 6 provinces in the Southern of Thailand that were hit by the last-year Tsunami. Around 80 local and foreign journalists witnessed the warning and evacuation system.        …

Nokia Wins USD 55 Million Network Expansion Deal in Thailand

Nokia and Advanced Info Service Plc (AIS), one of Thailand’s leading mobile phone service operators, have signed a deal worth over USD 55 million to expand Thailand’s AIS GSM network on 23 November 2005.       The expansion will improve network coverage and capacity and enable AIS to boost service quality and offer innovative multimedia and convergence…

Nordic Bank Continues Lending to Vietnamese Businesses

Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) held a seminar on providing credits to Vietnamese businesses in Quy Nhon city in the central Binh Dinh province on 23 November, 2005.         NIB vice president Soren K. Mortensen said in the meeting that the agency had provided US$260 million worth of preferential credits in Vietnam since 2000.         Most of them…