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Frederik Guy Hoff Sonne

Dane closes business in Thailand over visa issue

Danish expat businessman Preben Pretzmann, has been living in Thailand for 16 years. He established FBI Real Estate in Udon Thani when he came to Thailand in 2000 and has been directing it since. Now issues related to his visa is forcing him to close the business, he claims. According to Preben Pretzmann, the Immigration Offices…

Danish design celebrated in the Philippines

Arne Jacobsen’s iconic Series 7 chair was honored in the Philippines last week, when Studio Dimensione celebrated the Series 7’s 60th anniversary. Republic of Fritz Hansen, the company behind, reports of a successful event and moreover an increasingly successful market in the Asia-Pacific region. Republic of Fritz Hansen had picked seven profiled architects to do variations…

The Nordic House in Yangon – A promising perspective

On 3 March the Nordic House in Yangon,  the natural focal point for anything Scandinavian, opened its doors for visitors, marking the move to new premises. The Nordic House houses the Danish and Norwegian embassies as well as the Finnish and Swedish consulates. It was a suitable occasion to put focus on this interesting Nordic…

Carlsberg in Myanmar may face lawsuit

World famous Danish Brewery Company, Carlsberg, has gotten in trouble over copyright dispute. When launching Tuborg Beer, their third product to the Myanmar market, they decorated the label with a Burmese phrase saying “To Po”. This refers to a famous Burmese song title played during the annual water festival Thingyan, Myanmar’s largest cultural festival also…

Uninsured foreigners burdens Thai public hospitals

Three public hospitals reports of million baht expenses from unpaid hospital bills by foreigners. ScandAsia have gotten insight in Vachira Hospital in Phuket’s outstanding balance on unpaid bills by foreigners and it counts almost 20 million baht negative in recent 8 years. Scandinavians forms 20 percent of this loss. Banglamoong Hospital in Pattaya and Patong…

Thai Princess visited Danish Design Studio in Bangkok

Friday the 26th of February, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand presided at the inaugural ceremony of the Knowledge Exchange Center (KX) Building in Bangkok; a new venture by King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). Danish Jacob Jensen Design was privileged to be among the only company that the Princess visited…

Young Swede stuck in Thai hospital with serious brain injury

30-year old Swede, Marcus Millberg, is hospitalized in Thailand with brain injury due to a motorcycle accident on Koh Phangan. The respirator is keeping Marcus Millberg alive, but soon his family will be out of money to support the hospitalization. “We haven’t received any kind of support from Sweden at all, we’ve paid for everything ourselves”,…

Former Filipino Senator pleads for Danish help in wind industry

There’s a blowing potential in the West Philippine Sea. The wind ressources that is. Filipino businessman and former Senator, Juan Miguel Zubiri, suggest that the Filipino administration should take advantage of the wind energy in the West Philippine Sea and he mentions Denmark as the ideal partner for this. “In the years ahead, it may be…

Experienced Danish Skipper criticizes the Bay Regatta

Culture bearer and 18 times attendee at the Bay Regatta, Niels Degenkolw, is rather unsatisfied with this years competition. On 17th-21st February the annual boat race was touring around the Phuket and Krabi Islands. One regatta racing in the top category, the Racing Class, was captained by the Danish skipper, Niels Degenkolw, and also included…