The Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Honorary Consulate of Iceland in Malaysia co-hosted a celebration of Nordic Day for the second time on April 11, 2019 at JW Marriott Hotel in Jalan Bukit Bintang, Malaysia.
The celebration started with a seminar on Green Growth – Sustainability through Innovation by a keynote speaker Maria Antikainen, researcher from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Antikainen gave a presentation on how Nordic nations make business out of circular economy.
The topics discussed during the seminar also included renewable energy, solar power, sustainable blue economy, energy efficiency and waste to energy technology.
The honorable attendees comprised Finnish ambassador to Malaysia, Petri Puhakka, Swedish ambassador to Malaysia, Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, Danish ambassador to Malaysia, Jesper Vahr and Norwegian ambassador to Malaysia, Gunn Jorid Roset.
At the evening reception, Petri Puhakka gave a speech on the behalf of Nordic region referring to the “fairly notable level” of the trade between Nordic region and Malaysia.
“There is great potential for growth. For example, on green energy between the region and Malaysia.” he said.
The Finnish Ambassador also highlighted the theme of Green Growth through his speech.
“Sustainability and respect for nature are highly valued, but this does not need to contradict healthy economies. From 1995 to 2014 the Nordics reduced CO2 emission by 20% while doubling their economy.” he added
Embassy of Finland in Kuala Lumpur wrote on its Facebook page to thank all participants and sponsors.
“Thank you to all participants! We would like to especially thank one of the main sponsors, Finnish BMH Technology company (Waste to Energy solutions) as well as Finnair who sponsored a ticket raffle” wrote the Embassy.