Latest Scandinavian Vietnam News

Vietnam SARS free

Vietnam has been removed from the WHO list of countries hit by the mysterious pneumonia-like virus infection, SARS and the advice to avoidtravelling to Vietnam has been lifted.      Vietnam registered 68 SARS cases since the disease was discovered in late February. Five of these have died and 58 others have recovered fully and checked out…

Vietnam is better than you think

“Swedish corporations established in Vietnam are extremely pleased with their presence and doing very well,” says Mr. Niels Sundvik, Sweden’s dynamic Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City.       “For some of them, Vietnam is their best emerging market in Asia,” he elaborates.      “For many it is the fastest growing market. And for all of…

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:…

Nordic Investment Bank – a credit resource for Scandinavian SME’s in Asia

Have you got a great idea, product or service and the company to deliver it but lack the funds to make it all happen?      Then maybe you should talk to the Nordic Investment Bank, NIB, a low-key institution for Nordic companies doing business in Asia and elsewhere.      And you don’t need to be big to…

Mission Completed!

When Per Brekke, Managing Director of ABB in Vietnam by March 2003 leaves his position for a job back at ABB in Norway, it will be with a nice sense of “Mission Completed”.      Per Brekke arrived Hanoi in January 2000 with his main assignment to evaluate what to do with ABB’s ailing factory in Vietnam,…

More Swedish companies get ADB projects – potential to sign contracts for USD 5 Million during 2003

“Several companies from Sweden are short listed for ADB projects,” says Mr.Lars Andreasson, Minister at the Swedish embassy in Manila and responsible for ADB contacts.      “Just recently Hifab won a USD 800 000 consulting contract in Afghanistan. It is reasonable to believe that the outcome of ADB deals to Swedish businesses 2003 will be considerably…

Tropicdane – a Danish veteran in Vietnam

For Carsten Lehn, communication, patience, mutual respect and sustainable forestry are key elements in running his Trapicdane furniture and interior decoration business in Vietnam.      Carsten Lehn, the owner and CEO of the Danish furniture factory Tropicdane with its headquarters in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s biggest city, doesn’t mind talking about his life’s work, because…

Norway in Asia seminar in March 2003

The conference takes place again this year at Beaufort Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island on 13th and 14th March 2003, organised jointly by the Norwegian Business Association in Singapore, the Norwegian School of Management, the Norwegian Embassy in Singapore and other embassies in the region.      The event is subtitled Experiences and Expectations. The three main…

Carlsberg Asia acquires brewery in China

Carlsberg Asia has acquired through its subsidiary Carlsberg Brewery Hong Kong Ltd. the entire share capital of the Chinese brewery Kunming Huashi Brewery Company Ltd. from the Zhejiang K.K. Group.The acquisition is subject to the approval of Chinese authorities. The brewery is situated in Kunming, the biggest city of the Yunnan province in the south…