Anya Palm

Richard Järvinen: Dialogue the Keyword

Richard Järvinen places his mobile phone, a Nokia N900, on the table next to him. Two minutes later, a little tone indicates he has gotten a message. Soon after, he gets another. And then another.   He looks at it briefly and scrolls over the touch screen.   When Richard Järvinen joined Nokia China as…

Finland Wants Chamber of Commerce in China

From 2010, Finland is very likely going to have an official Chamber of Commerce. The paperwork was submitted to the Chinese authorities in June 2009 by the already formed board of the Chamber and today, it is just a matter of time, before the Chamber is awarded official status in China.   “More and more…

Norway: Put Nature into the City

It smells like wood. And it looks a little like a forest, made from large pieces of pine tree and bamboo. Norway’s contribution to the World EXPO in Shanghai is a construction, shaped out of 13 architechtual trees, that serves as pillars in the massive wooden pavilion “Norway. Powered by Nature.” The message is as…

Every City Needs a Little Bit of Fairytale

Every city needs a bit of fairytales in it”, he says. Former Danish ambassador to China and current Commissioner General of Denmark, Christopher Bo Bramsen, leans forward. “It is not enough to have a good city, a fantastic city,” he says. He chuckles, and his diplomatic, cool image vanishes. A warm, jovial man reveals himself…

Finnish Eco-Furniture

At the Shanghai World EXPO 2010, one of the main messages from Finland comes in the form of six keywords: freedom, creativity, innovation, community spirit, health and nature. The main purpose of the Finnish pavilion, Kirnu, is to present a vision of “good life” and to show how this is obtainable in 2010. One of…

Buttercookies and Fairytales in Shanghai

Hans Christian Andersen did not write stories for children. Sure, a few of his fairytales are sweet and innocent, but looking at the body of the man’s work, it is more blood, gore and punishment, than it is living happily ever after. Professor Svend Hakon Rossel pauses. He looks at the students in front of…