Norway promoting peace in the Sulu Archipelago

Norway is a consistent partner for peace efforts in the Philippines. Norway’s Ambassador to the Philippines Bjørn Jahnsen recently visited the provinces of Sulu and Basilan to support a project with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), promoting sustainable peace in the island provinces. The three-year project will address the main drivers of instability in…

Sweden to help combat corruption in Cambodia

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) signed a three-year agreement with Transparency International Cambodia (TI Cambodia) on 11 February 2020. The agreement grants TI Cambodia 25.5 million Swedish Krona ($2.65 million) to help combat corruption in the Cambodian kingdom. “EU and Sweden will work with partner institutions in Cambodia to strengthen the demand for…

Postnord halts their shipments of packages and letters to China

Letters to and from China has always been a huge part of the Nordic postal business Postnord. But the domestic situation in China makes Postnord temporarily halt their shipments of letters and packages to China, reports svt.se. “All packages that have been sent will be quite belated,” says the company’s officer of press Maria Ibsen.…

Danish nursing students to take internships at Cebu provincial hospitals

The Provincial Board of Cebu authorized on 10 February 2020 an international internship program between Denmark and the Philippines. The program details that government-run hospitals in the province of Cebu will be hosting an internship program in which nursing students from Danish universities can join. The internship program will be facilitated by Bylling Foundation, a…

Xenophobia against Asians in Finland prompted by the coronavirus

The fear of the Chinese corona virus has affected how Asian people are treated in Finland; several Asians in the Nordic country have reported cases of discrimination, apparently prompted by the outbreak of corona virus in China. Several Asians share that they get unfriendly stares and slurs such as “Chinese disease” and “corona virus” thrown…

Sweden-Southeastasia Summit Cancelled

Team Sweden in South East Asia has decided to cancel the “Sweden-Southeast Asia Business Summit” scheduled to be held in Singapore on February 13-14, 2020. The reason is the corona virus outbreak which the Singaporean health authorities have upgraded to Code Orange. That is the second highest alert level (explained here: https://www.moh.gov.sg/diseases-updates/being-prepared-for-a-pandemic ) “In consultation with…