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Johannes Kjems

Vietnam looks to Denmark for help with agriculture

7 October the Vietnam-Denmark economic cooperation forum was held in Copenhagen. Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Tong Thi Phong, was present at the event. She held a speech in which she stated that the Vietnamese economy has grown nearly 6 percent on average over the past 30 years. They are also improving social welfare and…

Singapore’s President on state visit in Norway

President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam, has arrived in the capital of Norway, Oslo. President Tony Tan Keng Yam will spend six days there, as well as three days in Norway’s arctic capital Tromsø. The President receive a ceremonial welcome at the Royal Palace where he will have lunch with King Harald V and Queen Sonja…

Seafood Extravaganza 2016 in Indonesia

The Annual Norwegian Seafood Dinner Extravaganza 2016 in Indonesia takes place on Friday 2 December in Jakarta. Venue, to be confirmed, will be a five-star hotel. The event is a collaboration between Indonesia Norway Business Council, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Norwegian Seafood Council and Innovation Norway. Fresh, authentic seafood from Norway is on the menu at this event,…

Golden World Award for Vietnamese and Norwegian cooperation

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprises (NHO) have been honoured with The Golden World Award 2016 for their development of a new vocational training model in Vietnam. The two parties have worked together since 2004 in raising awareness for labour-related issues. Six years later, in 2010, VCCI and NHO…

Despite controversy: Norway’s wealth fund invests in Singapore tech-company

The sovereign wealth fund of Norway halted their investments in tech-manufacturer Singapore Technologies Engineering back in 2002 after a recommendation by the Council on Ethics. The wealth fund was notified about the Singapore-based company’s production of lethal anti-personnel landmindes and therefore seized all fundings. Singapore Technologies Engineering later told the Council on Ethics that the…

Denmark assists in restoration of Indonesian forest

On Wednesday last week the Danish and Indonesian government signed an agreement that secures cooperation between the two nations until at least 2018. Along with the agreement came a grant of USD 12,2 million from the Danish government, aimed at restoring the Harapan rainforest in Jambi. Denmark’s ambassador in Indonesia, Casper Klynge, said “We care…

Finnish energy-giant to sell its Singapore properties

The marine and energy company Wartsila from Finland is selling five industrial properties in Singapore as a part of a global asset-light exercise. The properties at 11 Pandan Crescent and 14 Benoi Crescent will be sale-and-leaseback deals while the three remaining properties at 43, 45 and 47 Gul Drive will be outright sold. The facilities at 11 Pandan…

How expats maintain their children’s native language in Singapore

ScandAsia has spoken with a few Scandinavians living and working in Singapore about their children and how they handle the challenge of maintaining their mother tongue when living in a foreign country. Maintaining the Danish language in Singapore Mikkel Aabye recently moved from Denmark to Singapore with his wife Christina Aabye. Together they have three…

50 years of diplomatic ties between Singapore and Sweden

This year marks half a century of cooperation between Sweden and Singapore. The two countries are both small but export-oriented nations supporting free trade in a global trade regime. Free trade is indisputable for both countries but in a world where global job trade is under heavy critique, countries like Singapore and Sweden have to…