Lærke Weensgaard

UNICEF, Denmark collaborate to prevent malnutrition in Cambodia

On 17 December, UNICEF announced the launch of a new fish-based wafer snack called Nutrix, that can help to treat severe acute malnutrition in children in Cambodia. Nutrix is developed by UNICEF, the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), Copenhagen University (CU) and Danish Care Foods (DCF), in collaboration with the Royal Government…

Miss Universe 2018: The Philippines won, Nordics not in top 20

Catriona Gray from the Philippines took home the crown at the beauty contest Miss Universe, that took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 17 December. Contestants from the Nordic countries did not make it into top 20. Women from 94 countries competed to become Miss Universe 2018. Southeast Asia was well represented among the finalists with…

Swedish Ambassador met with Thai human rights defender

Sweden’s Ambassador to Thailand, Staffan Herrström, met on 18 December with human rights defender Sutharee Wannasiri. During their conversation, Sutharee shared her view on the development of Thailand’s National Action Plan on business and human rights, initiated by a recommendation from Sweden during Thailand’s second Universal Periodic Review in May 2016. Furthermore, Sutharee also provided…

Indonesia-EFTA free trade deal

Indonesia has on 16 December signed a free trade deal with European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which Norway is a member of. The agreement will provide access for major export products to Indonesia, from fish and marine products, agricultural and food industry products such as cheese, chocolates and coffee, to industrial and technical products, according…

Norwegian mobile payment app to cooperate with Chinese app

Norwegian mobile payment app Vipps will cooperate with Chinese mobile payment app Alipay to open the system up for mobile payments by Chinese tourists visiting Norway. “Our cooperation with Alipay gives merchants unique opportunities to accept mobile payments by QR Code scanning by Chinese tourists, as well as marketing through the Alipay app,” said Berit…

First Nordic Asia Christmas Festival held in Singapore

On 3 – 9 December, the very first Nordic Asia Christmas Festival took place at Millenia walk in Singapore. The festival was opened by the Swedish Ambassador Mr. Niclas Kvarnström, Finnish Ambassador Ms. Paula Parviainen and Chief Representative Officer at Enterprise Estonia Singapore Ms. Kristel Alve, according to the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore. At…

Danish Embassy in China held their first Christmas Market

On 12 December, the Embassy of Denmark in China held their very first Christmas market. 600 visitors came to the Christmas market, where they could enjoy Danish ‘æbleskiver’ (Danish dougnuts) and gløgg. Santa Claus also visited the market, and writer Meik Wiking signed his books “The little book of hygge” and “The little book of…

Happy DABS Christmas Luncheon

On 7 December, Danish Business Association Singapore (DABS) held their Christmas Luncheon at the Danish Seamen’s Church. The church served a Christmas menu and Carlsberg made sure there was plenty of ice-cold Carlsberg beers for everyone. “Thank you members and friends for keeping this tradition very much alive!,” writes DABS. A lucky DABS member won…

Chinese built bridge in Norway opened for traffic

Norway’s second largest bridge, Hålogaland Bridge, opened on 9 december. Chinese company Sichuan Road and Bridge Group delivered the steel constructions and was responsible for the mounting of the bridge, according to Life in Norway. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg cut the ribbon on the Hålogaland Bridge and despite cold weather, many locals came out…