Category: Finland

Earthquake and Tidal Waves Disaster — news as it breaks






27.12.04 2.30 Norwegian couple thought they had lost their 24 year old son to the wave off Patong beach on Phuket. But eventually they found him – with broken toes and an injured knee – but alive.      “First the water withdrew from the beach untill even the corals were above water. We took our cameras…

Indonesia to halve its loan request to donors






Indonesia will this year ask for less than half of last year’s 2.8 billion dollars loan commitments from the Consultative Group on Indonesia (CGI), its main western creditor group whose member states include Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden.      Economics Minister Aburizal Bakrie said the government will only seek about 1.2 billion dollars from the CGI…

USD 70 million deal for Nokia in the Philippines






     The agreement includes the GSM network solutions directed towards addressing the mass market. SMART, the Philippines’ leading wireless services provider with 17.5 million subscribers on its network as of end-September 2004, and Nokia will also cooperate to create and test new technologies and solutions.      “SMART aims to offer innovative, reliable and affordable mobile services as…

Scandinavian Airlines long-haul flights soon connected






     Scandinavian Airlines International, the long haul operator of SAS, carries about 1.6 million passengers a year using 11 Airbus 330 and 340 aircraft.      The possibility to use the SAS Net Access service, is already available on two of Scandinavian Airline’s aircraft and will be introduced into all flights to Asia and Seattle in mid-February. The…

SEB Private Bank upgrades Asian presence






SEB Private Bank, the international private banking arm of leading Nordic Banking Group SEB, plans to open a fully-fledged private bank in Singapore early 2005.      “This is a natural step in SEB Private Bank’s strive to continuously improve our product offering and service level for both regional Asia-Pacific and global clients. The new Asian private…

Asians return to Finnish winter






     All of the Nordic countries are known for their exotic winter climate and clean nature. But Finland’s strength as a travel destination is that it has for long been one of Europe’s most unknown countries. The Finnish culture is a fascinating and unique mixture of eastern and western cultures.      “When you compare organizing incentives between…

Finland in South East Asia






THAILAND      Thailand has lost many of its Finnish expats after corporations moved to Singapore. However, recently many of the corporations are seeing the new improved Bangkok. A new airport, sky train and underground have provided the Big Mango with a real infrastructure attracting Finns in growing numbers.      ScandAsia was delighted to witness the birth of…

What’s his trick?






     At the time of Jarkko Härmälä’s posting to Bangkok, Finnair had just established a daily flight to Helsinki. Today, during high seasons, Finnair needs to operate up to 10 flights a week to meet the demand.      Jarkko Härmälä had just completed a special assignment for Finnair’s to improve the airlines Helsinki-Hong Kong route when in…

Nordic security solutions showcased in Manila and Bangkok






Twelve safety and security companies from the Nordic countries toured the Philippines and Thailand the past week, showcasing the latest products and solutions in this growing niche.      “We witness the dark sides of globalisation, facing more international crime and terrorism. And I have to be honest with you and say ‘unfortunately’ the market you work…