Joakim Persson

Freelance business and lifestyle photojournalist

Rooftop PV solar sector example of Nordic-Vietnam business success

Scandinavian investment taps into Vietnam’s booming solar power market Thomas Jakobsen, based in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) since 2005, is Managing Director of Indochina Energy Partners (IEP), an entity focused on renewable energy in Southeast Asia’s emerging countries. Singapore-registered IEP is currently focusing on rolling out rooftop solar projects in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.…

Antti Vänskä – the new Finnish Ambassador at the helm in Singapore

When he was in his early 20s Mr Antti Vänskä, on route to a summer job in Australia, sent a postcard to his parents back in Finland from Singapore, describing the city as wonderful but an awfully hot place for Finnish people. Now he is back, as no other than Finland’s new Ambassador to Singapore!…

Swedish protective gloves business in Kuala Lumpur

Soft Touch AB is a leading brand and producer particularly of work gloves for the international market. STIL Services Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (STIL) is the group’s Kuala Lumpur-based entity, where also the Swedish CEO Michael Cederkvist is based. From Malaysia STIL conducts product and business development, quality assurance and logistics for the production in Asia…

Discover French Indochina – Saigon lifestyle update

Where better to relive the French Indochina era than with some nostalgia at a few of Saigon’s (Ho Chi Minh City) most prominent hotels – one of them being a living legend now celebrating 60! The most striking first impressions for newcomers to Saigon are probably the somewhat frightening hundreds of thousands of motorbikes crowding…

Finland’s circular economy initiative presented to ASEAN

While the World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF) was taking place in Helsinki the Embassy of Finland Bangkok co-organised ‘Finland towards the circular economy’ seminar, held at the Asean Sustainable Energy Week 2019 in Bangkok. This gave Finland a perfect opportunity to showcase Finnish solutions and present the country’s ambition and roadmap towards being a global…

Sigríður Ásdís Snævarr: Iceland’s new ambassador to Singapore

In May Iceland’s fourth ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Sigríður Ásdís Snævarr, handed over her credentials. This was also the fourth trip ever to the Southeast Asian hub by this very experienced diplomat. “We are now celebrating our twentieth anniversary of diplomatic relations,” the ambassador tells ScandAsia, while in Singapore. Her return, versus the first visit…

Cool Kuala Lumpur’s new lifestyle attractions

The Kuala Lumpur hotel and bar scene has turned really hot recently. Any doubts you may have about that will be gone after reading this! Many of the global five-star brands have arrived to significantly shake things up and, in the process, step up the sophistication and increase the luxury selection. The impressive line-up includes…

Monitor ERP System Malaysia levels up to conquer Southeast Asia

10 April was an auspicious Swedish day in Penang, Malaysia as Monitor ERP System both inaugurated their new, expanded Asean headquarters and launched their enterprise resource planning (EPR) system’s fifth generation (G5). With owner Jörgen Persson and Group CEO Morgan Persson flown in for the occasion Monitor impressed Sweden’s Ambassador to Malaysia H.E. Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt,…

High grade of activity,‘ Business Blueprint’ concept: SwedCham Singapore

Since the Swedish Chamber of Commerce (SwedCham) was formed in Singapore its professional business activities have exceeded anything seen under the previous organisational format, known as SBAS. “We have increased the volume of activities by 500 per cent and in 2018 we had on average one event per week! During the one and a half…

Lifestyle galore! Singapore!

Where to start? Lifestyle in Singapore these days is exciting, vibrant, history-rich, multi-facetted, impressive, opulent – and transformed! The city state has been undergoing a sea change in its upgrade and diverse selection, reaching standards up there among the very top cities/countries internationally, also still with nature as an important component; in particular the green…