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Singapore removed from WHO’s list of SARS-hit areas






The World Health Organization (WHO) has already removed Singapore from the list of areas with recent local transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and no longer recommends exit screening of international travellers departing from the country.      WHO announced the good news a day ahead of the effective date May 31, which is 20 days…

Jakarta embassy temporary closed






The war of words between Stockholm and Jakarta over the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) leaders residing in Sweden has escalated this spring.       Undisclosed threats against Sweden’s embassy in Jakarta, Swedish citizens and Swedish interests in Indonesia finally took its toll on Tuesday 3 June when Sweden decided to shut the diplomatic mission in Jakarta…

Norwegian Priest in Singapore appointed new regional duties






Stein Vangen, the Norwegian pastor at the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission in Singapore since October 2002, will this autumn start in a full time job visiting the Norwegian communities in South East Asia.       Stein Vangen’s immediate territory will include Malaysia, Brunei, East Timor, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan. Possibly also Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which…

Norwegian Independence Day in Indonesia






The Indonesian Norwegian Business Council (INBC), in co-operation with the Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta, organized an evening celebration “Snowflakes Over Java” on May 17 at Jakarta Hilton International to mark the Norwegian Independence Day.      INBC members and guests were welcomed by a multimedia video on Norway and INBC – jointly produced by INBC and the…

Viking Cup moved to September due to SARS






Viking Cup, the annual encounter of all Viking football teams from Asia, has been postponed this year to 25-28 September 2003 due to the uncertainties surrounding the SARS virus.       The defending champion, Singapore Vikings, are organizing this year’s competition which traditionally is held in the Easter weekend. This year due to the outbreak of…

Surya Advisorindo Group creates new Asian-Scandinavian trade relations






A mere nine months into operation, the cooperation between Jakarta-based Surya Group and Know How Sweden yields real business.       The trade deals created so far by this Swedish-Indonesian matchmaking constellation range from Indonesian leather exports to Scandinavia to sales of state-of-the-art prepaid telephone codes systems to seven Asian countries.       Currently two trade trips…

SARS outbreak causes no big trade losses for Sweden in Asean so far






     * Tourism is the big loser.      * Imports are basically unhurt.      * Exports suffer slightly but not totally.      That is in a nutshell what impact the SARS virus epidemic has had on Swedish business in the Asean countries, according to a survey done by ScandAsia. ScandAsia made its SARS impact survey this April. We sent…

SARS impact: key factor is time it takes






The Nordic diplomatic representations and the Nordic business associations in South East Asia were almost unanimous in their evaluation of the impact of SARS on the economic relations between their respective home countries and their current country of residence.      In a quick survey conducted by ScandAsia at the height of the crisis in April all…

Indonesian envoy visits Sweden to influence GAM in peace talks






Indonesia’s President Ms. Megawati Soekarnoputri sent former foreign minister Ali Alatas to Sweden 24 April for talks about the presence of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM)’s representatives there.      Her envoy had a half hour long meeting in Stockholm with Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ms. Anna Lindh, where he briefed the Swedish government about the current…

Official advice about South East Asia and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome






Alarm reports are carried in Scandinavian and Asian media about a new type of pneumonia that reputedly broke out in China and have spread worldwide. To get unbiased official information about this disease, we recommend our readers to visit the The World Health Organisation, WHO, website. WHO’s latest statement on 15 March read like this:…