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New Danish website in Vietnam

Mogens Poulsen, Counsellor and Head of the Private Sector Development Programme (PSD) at the Royal Danish Embassy in Hanoi has launched a new website – – dedicated to help Danish and Vietnamese business enterprises understand the Danida PSD Programme as well as the TechChange programme.       The PSD programme aims at creating economic growth and…

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…

Le Thi Thu new head of Vietnam –Sweden Friendship Association

Cabinet Minister and Chairman of the National Committee for Population, Family and Children, Le Thi Thu, has been elected as new President of the Vietnam – Sweden Friendship Association (VSFA).      The election was held at the 2nd VSFA congress in Hanoi recently. During the 2003-2008 tenure will focus be on the two countries’ cooperation in…

Medal to Swedish diplomat for emancipation work

The Vietnam Women’s Union presented Christine Elisabeth Johansson, First Secretary of the Swedish Embassy in Vietnam, with a medal “For the Emancipation of Women” at an award ceremony in Hanoi on Tuesday 1 July.      She was awarded for her contributions to the implementation of a project on promoting gender equality and strengthening Vietnamese women’s economic…

NORAD supports Vietnam in fight against HIV/AIDS

Norway and Britain early May in Hanoi entered into an agreement with Vietnamese government to provide a financial support of over US$25 million for Vietnam to fight against HIV/AIDS – the largest internationally funded project to tackle the disease so far.      The project will be funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) and…

SIDA-funded study sees Vietnam’s rice exports growing

Vietnam will export 4.61 million tonnes a year between 2001-2005 and up to 5.42 million tonnes of rice a year during 2006-2010 if it maintains its present rate of export, a new survey funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) shows.      The study, conducted by Vietnam’s Trade Research Institute under Trade Ministry, is part of…

Millicom reports high cellular growth in Cambodia and Vietnam

Millicom International Cellular S.A, a global telecommunications investor in the Swedish finance Stenbeck family group of companies, reports a 45 percent annual increase in Asian subscribers from June 2002 to June 2003. Its operators in Cambodia and Vietnam performed especially well.      Millicom’s total Asian subscriber base by 30 June 2003 was 2,328,731.      In the second…

Comvik seeks joint venture status in Vietnam

Swedish telecommunications group Comvik International has asked Vietnamese investment and planning ministry for permission to convert its business cooperation with local mobile operator into a joint venture, a report on Viet Nam News said.      At present, Comvik and Viet Nam Mobile Telecom Services Company (VMS) together operate ‘MobiFone’, a major mobile phone operator in Vietnam,…

Vietnam’s cultural exchange with Sweden and Denmark boosted

Vietnam’s Culture and Information Minister Pham Quang Nghi has strengthened cooperation and cultural exchange with Sweden and Denmark during his 10-day working visit to Europe in May.      In Stockholm, Minister Nghi and his entourage met with Swedish Culture Minister Marita Ulvskog and representatives from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA). They discussed a cooperation programme…