Category: Sweden

The EU and Singapore reiterate their free trade agreement






On 8 March 2017 the Swedish EU Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström visited Singapore and met with several of the country’s ministers. In her blog the EU Commissioner wrote that she had discussed the free trade agreement that had been concluded between the EU and Singapore. “Once in place, it will remove nearly all customs…

Swedish BIMA brings security to uninsured Cambodians






“Many people just don’t even know what insurance is. So the very concept of insurance, it is something we have to explain a lot,” says Sebastian Morck, General Manager at BIMA in Cambodia. BIMA is a Swedish microinsurance company who started their project of bringing insurance to some of the poorest people in the world…

Embassy of Sweden and Ikea promote paternity leave in Thailand






Paternity leave as a step towards gender equality in Thailand was promoted with an event held in Bangkok jointly by the Embassy of Sweden and IKEA Thailand, held in connection to the HeForShe Arts Week and the Swedish Dads exhibition – an initiative by UN Women to promote gender equality through arts and cultural activities.…

No more driving license for Swedes in Asia






Swedes living in Asia ought to pay attention: Under a bill before the Riksdag, new rules will come into force that will affect people who are permanently resident abroad and who wish to renew their Swedish driving licence. If you have a Swedish driving licence and live abroad, you can use your Swedish licence for…

Branding consultants LynxEye ensures digital relevancy






Swedish branding consultants makes brands stay relevant in the digital world Fast increasing digitalisation and disruption are on everybody’s lips, with many businesses, based on yesterday’s models, struggling in this new online landscape. The brands of today may, or may not be the brands of tomorrow. It depends on how they act and adapt in…

False ‘Scania’ bus in yet another deadly Thailand traffic accident






On Friday 10 March the Swedish flagship brand Scania bus was again occurring in Thai media for the wrong reason. Media reported that a double-decker coach had plunged into a ravine in Prachin Buri, during a school field trip killing six people and injuring 44 others. The bus was marked as a Scania and was…

Ambassador confirms Ikea coming to Philippines






There has long been talk about an IKEA opening in the Philippines. At a roundtable media meeting, Harald Fries, Ambassador of Sweden to the Philippines, apparently confirmed that an IKEA would be coming to the Philippines soon. The opening of an IKEA would imply major investments and recruitment of manpower. “There would be great opportunities…

Sweden launches gender equality photo competition in Hanoi






Pereric Hogberg, Ambassador of Sweden to Vietnam, launched a photo competition highlighting gender equality in Vietnam on Monday 6 March 2017. In connection to the International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and Vietnam Women’s Museum is launching a national contest searching for families…

Angry workers damage H&M factory in Myanmar






”H&M group is one of the leading fashion retailers globally when it comes to sustainability and have for many years put great efforts to improve working conditions and strengthen workers’ rights in the countries where our products are manufactured. Our local presence in the production countries, including Myanmar, is essential in this work,” writes H&M…

Thailand Swedes’ health insurance campaign gains momentum






“Is it the Swedish Government’s intention that its citizens will profit from the Thai government, here in Thailand, while Thai citizens who want to work in Sweden, for example with berries, are required to have health insurance taken in Thailand?” This cannot be the case, believes the new confederation ‘Svenskföreningars samorganisation i Thailand för ja…