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Denmark, Sweden at ASEM meeting






The ASEM meeting of foreign ministers from Asia and Europe opened Thursday 24 Juli, 2003 in Bali. From Sweden, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Hans Dahlgren and from Denmark, Undersecretary of State, Peter Lysholt Hansen participated in the meeting.       Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri on Thursday formally opened the meeting of Asian and European…

Danish-Indonesian Pottery Industrialist






A Danish mind combined with an Indonesian heart. This is how the Danish businessman Michael (a.k.a. Mike among friends) Mantzius Andersen describes himself.       You could call it my “curse or blessing in life”. When I am in Denmark, I miss Indonesia. And when I am in Indonesia, I miss Denmark, Michael Mantzius Andersen explained…

Don’t rent a motorcycle!






The largest Nordic travel insurance company, SOS International a/s warns of a dramatic increase in Nordic tourists injured in motorcycle accidents when on vacation in South East Asia. For Thailand, the numbers have shot up from 67 in 2001 to 93 in 2002. Accidents last year in other countries were: Indonesia 4 injured, Philippines 4…

Danes should not marry non-Danes






One year after the implementation of a new Danish immigration law, pressure is mounting on Danish Minister for Integration, Mr. Bertel Haarder to revise parts of a law approved by the Danish parliament in July last year, which prevents Danes who marry non-Danes abroad from returning to Denmark together.       Jens Witthofft Nielsen, Secretary General…

Norway’s half-year trade with major ASEAN countries slipped






Norway’s trade of traditional commodities (all commodities excluding ships and oil platforms, for exports also excluding crude oil, natural gas and condensates) with Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia slipped in the first half of 2003, as compared to the same period last year.      From January to June 2003, the exports to Singapore saw a significant…

Sweden gives budget support to Timor-Leste






The Swedish government decided 10 July to contribute SEK 10 Million in budget support to Timor-Leste. Sweden has given support to Timor-Leste since 1997, primarily for the reconstruction of the administration and as humanitarian support via the UN.      The overall objective of Swedish development cooperation with Timor-Leste is to help the country’s own efforts to…

Sweden contributes to humanitarian assistance in Indonesia






In response to an UN appeal for 2003, Sweden has decided to contribute SEK 13 million to humanitarian assistance for IDP’s, internally displaced persons, in Indonesia. The assistance will be directed by SIDA – the Swedish International Aid Agency, to UNICEF, UNDP, WHO and OCHA.      The Swedish contribution will help UNICEF to support further work…

SIDA approved 2nd phase of air transport modernization plan in Indonesia






The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) has approved the second phase of ‘Study on Integrated Modernization Plan for Air Transport in Eastern Indonesia’.      The project will improve the security within the aviation sector, and thereby enable Eastern Indonesia to accommodate a larger amount of air-traffic. The distances within the country will be shortened, and…

Sweden holds referendum on Euro introduction






The Swedish government has decided arrange referendum 14 September 2003 on the introduction of the euro. All Swedish citizens who, according to the Elections Act, fulfill the requirements to vote in Swedish Riksdag (parliamentary) elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum. Persons entitled to vote in the Swedish local elections will also be…

Denmark provides second technical assistance fund






Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific, will administer a new DKK20 million (US$3.2 million) cooperation fund financed by the government of Denmark.      The second Danish cooperation fund for technical assistance will provide grants for ADB activities such as project preparation, training and advisory…