Category: Finland

178 Finns Perished in the Tsunami






In all 178 Finns perished in the tsunami disaster in Southeast asia. Nearly three months after the tsunami the authorities are for the first time certain of this figure.      Until March 18, 90 dead were identified as Finns, of which 81 definitely. Identifying children is more time-consuming, said supreme superintendent Göran Wennqvist to the Finnish…

SAS Consolidates Asian Operations






As part of the airline’s cost-cutting measures which started last year in the head office, SAS has now decided to consolidate its Southeast-Asian functions served by the Bangkok and Singapore sales offices under one area manager, who will be based in Sinagpore.      The move is expected to reduce the airline’s operational costs by 20 per…

Likely no Nordic Tourists on Boat Capsized off Phuket






A tourist boat, carrying more than 70 passengers, capsized at 15:00 in the afternoon of Saturday 5 March in the high sea off Thailand’s southern resort province of Phuket.      Police have been unable to determine how many people were missing. Initially, authorities estimated between 10 and 15 people had been lost at sea. The passengers…

Finnish Fashion Mixed with Thai Hill Tribe Style






Finnish designer Marianne Javinen working at the Doi Tung Development Project in Chiang Rai, however, has been fortunate to achieve just that. Regrettably, though, she never got to meet the late Princess Mother (the present Thai King’s mother), who started this noteworthy project. But of course the present Thai royalties have visited several times, sometimes…

Helsinki hosted Aceh talks






Helsinki hosted in January a new round of talks between the Indonesian government and rebel leaders from Aceh Province to consider a possible cease-fire and to reopen the peace process which has been stalled since May 2003.      Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said in Jakarta that he hoped to win peace by offering ”special autonomy…

The Finns leaders voiced their support for Vietnam






Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen, Parliament Speaker Paavo Lipponen, Minister of Trade and Industry Mauri Pekkarinen and Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Paula Lehtomaki have affirmed that Viet Nam will be a priority in their development aid policy while meeting Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan on separate occasions in Finland.      The Finnish leaders voiced…

Koh Samui drowning accident






26.01.05 17:21 The list of missing has been updated this afternoon. It appeared that all the Swedish names have been removed. (Updated)The list of missing: 1. Miss Prang Songmeaung nationality: Thai Age: – 2. Miss Dang Polyeam nationality: Thai Age:28 3. Mr Sarawut Santhavi nationality: Thai Age:22 4. Miss Vipadee Shinchoo nationality: Thai Age:24 5.…