Category: Finland

Finnair first with Lie-Flat Beds in the North






Passengers will also see the complete renewal of Boeing MD-11 entertainment system display units. Finnair operates six Boeing MD-11 aircraft on a total of 140 monthly return long-haul flights to Bangkok, Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore and New York. This winter season Finnair also flies to Miami and a new destination, Guangzhou in…

Scandinavian Prime Ministers praise Thailand for tsunami relief efforts






The Prime Ministers of the three Scandinavian nations praised Thailand for the tsunami relief efforts, while visiting the devastated area in Phuket and Phang-nga province on 17th January 2005.       Exactly three weeks after the disaster which claimed the lives of several thousands of Scandinavians, the three Prime Ministers witness the ongoing clean-up operation in…

Missing Finn List no longer Public






Three weeks after the disaster which claimed the lives of more than 150,000 people, the list of Finnish missing people has been removed from all official websites.      The Finnish Ministry of Interior instructed the Central Criminal Police to end the publishing of the missing list on all public media. In a press release the Ministry…

Scandinavian Prime Ministers arrived Thailand






Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Persson, Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen arrived in Bangkok in the afternoon of 16 January 2005.       The three were due to receive a warm welcome by Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and to attend a royal audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej before visiting…

Phuket, Krabi now safe for Finns






The Foreign Ministry has now realized how a sharp decrease in tourism has and will further affect the regions hit worst by the tsunami disaster on 26.12.2004. The travel warning issued after the tsunami created large amounts of criticism as the return of tourists to the affected areas is widely seen as an efficient long-term…

Day 14—reaching the unreachable






8.01.05 16.24 The Swedish police has announced that it predicts the amount of Swedish victims to rise. Presently 637 Swedes have been confirmed to be missing. However the missing list contains more than 1900 names.      The official death toll following the Tsunami is now 52. 8.01.05 16.20 The first Finnish body which has been pre-identified…

Day 13 — Search Continues, Rescuing Politicians






7.01.05 18:55 “Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom rejects the criticism from Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds. In an interview with Dagens Nyheter, Jonas Hafstrom, Swedish Ambassador in Thailand explaines how the embassy in Bangkok had recently established a new plan in the scenario of a terrorist attack against Swedes in Thailand. But the embassy had no…

Day 12 — good news among the bad news






06.01.05 13.47 Five of the 16 Norwegians, which were initially confirmed dead, have turned out not to be Norwegians. Health Minister Ansgar Gabrielsen explained yesterday, that the initial list was based on information from the authorities in Thailand who must have made errors in when keying in the data in the computer system.      The Norwegian…

Day 10 — the long haul






04.01.05 20.35 In Khao Lak, some 100 km north of Phuket, where the disaster struck hard, clearing of rubble of hotels and private hotels go on.      But life in Phuket is fast returning to normal, reports Asger Westh of the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten.      “Speedboats, yachts and tourists swimming in the sea again enjoy Patong Beach,”…

Day 9 — back home and in Thailand






03.01.05 07.01 Based on the information below from the four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, the worst case death toll of Nordic citizens could be a total of 3.708 persons.      Denmark: around 200 persons      Finland: 193 persons.      Norway: around 400 persons (awaiting revised list today)      Sweden: 2915 persons      Iceland: 0 persons      Thai…