Lærke Weensgaard

Sustainability city rankings: Nordics in front, Bangkok best in South East Asia

Nordic cities make up the overall top 5 in destination sustainability rankings, while the capital of Thailand ranks number five in Asia. The so-called Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) ranks cities by measuring and comparing the social and environmental sustainability strategies and policies. For 2019, the top five cities with the highest overall scores are:…

MoU on innovation between Finland, Thailand

On 13 December 2018, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on innovation and business development was signed between Business Finland and National Innovation Agency of Thailand. The collaboration in innovation and business development will initiate shared knowledge within research and innovation in bio and circular economy, sustainable and smart energy, digitalization, commercialization of start-ups and improving…

Problem between Malaysia, Norway in EFTA-trade talk

On 28 December 2018, A Kuala Lumpur government minister said that Norway’s plans to ban palm-based biodiesel from 2020 can be an obstacle in trade talks between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Malaysia, according to Daily Times. “We view this as unfair and unjust, going against free and fair trade, and is certainly…

Swedish Embassy to support English language teaching in Vietnam

The Embassy of Sweden in Hanoi and the Vietnam’s Ministry of Education and Training have signed an agreement to boost cooperation in teaching and learning English in higher education in the 2018 – 2020 period. The agreement fouses on encouraging the cooperation and exchange of experiences in training English, promoting English proficiency evaluation and English…

Tracing explosives in the Vietnamese soil

Many international aid organisations have left the old war-torn country infested with explosive remnants in favour of urgent cases. But one of the organisations still standing strong in Vietnam, is Norwegian People’s Aid with two Scandinavians in charge. By Jonas Boje Andersen and Lærke Weensgaard In a vast coastal area in the central and most…

Norwegian President of Mine Ban Treaty visited Thailand, Cambodia

From 10-14 December, the Norwegian President of the Mine Ban Treaty, H.E. Ambassador Hans Brattskar made an official visit to Thailand and Cambodia. During the visit, Mr Brattskar met with Thai and Cambodian mine action authorities and organisations, visited demining operations and met with landmine survivors. Land mines and other explosive remnants of war still…