Mette Larsen

Mette Larsen

ScandAsia Journalist • Scandinavian Publishing Co., Ltd. • Koh Phangan Thailand

Akke from The Fat Chili in Denmark makes Thai inspired ‘easy2cook’ dishes

Thailand-born, army veteran Akke Songcharoen is honouring his Thai origins with his new business ventures of Thai fusion food at The Fat Chili. He has turned the little traditional Bagel and Smoerrebroeds cafe in Sorø, Denmark into a fusion of ‘Easy2cook’ Thai-inspired dishes, roast pork sandwiches, burgers, sliders, and much more. Akke Songcharoen came to…

The unlikely success of Seven Peaks Software

When Seven Peaks started in 2014, I viewed it as something that would pay the bills. There was no focus on where we were going. Honestly, I didn’t even think we had a strong value position locally  – Jostein Aksnes Seven Peaks Software is a Norwegian-owned international software and design agency in Bangkok established in…

EV cars in Norway account for more than half of the entire auto market

Clean transport transition is well underway and sales of plug-in electric cars have increased significantly in 2020 in the world’s two biggest markets, Europe and China.  Europe is led by Norway where plug-in electric cars now account for 54 percent of the entire auto market. China and Europe have, with both the market’s combative attitude…

Covid-19 vaccine is not mandatory in Malaysia

According to Khairy Jamaluddin, Minister of science, technology, and innovation, the Malaysian government has no plans of making Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory. Malaysia has been placed under a nationwide emergency until 1 August to curb the pandemic and this has raised concern by some quarters, that the Malaysian government can make the vaccine compulsory under emergency…

Import of Norwegian seafood remains solid in Thailand

Thailand still imports Norwegian seafood despite the pandemic with Norwegian Salmon at the top of the list. A new report from the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) shows that the export of salmonids to Thailand has remained solid through the pandemic. The new figures show that it’s only seen a 1 percent decline in the volume…

Latest global mental health statistic is a warning to workers abroad

According to a YouGov survey released in December 2020, suffering from mental health problems including depression and anxiety differentiates according to the country of residence. This is something businesses with overseas workers have to consider. Sarah Dennis, Head of International at Towergate Health & Protection, comments that mental health issues have become a greater problem…

Danish pension fund becomes main investor in new SE Asia-focused Women’s Fund

Paedagogernes Pension (PBU), a Danish pension fund for teaching staff in child institutions, is supporting women’s independence and rights in Asia by becoming the main investor in a newly established fund ‘SEAF Women’s Economic Empowerment Fund (SWEEF). According to PBU’s press release, the pension scheme has invested DKK 100 million in the fund SWEEF, an…

Swedish Kim Eriksson Sirawan’s appeal: Release or send me back to Thailand

Swedish Kim Eriksson Sirawan has previously tried to have his prison sentence shortened, but lost his appeal in the Supreme Administrative Court. According to Aftonbladet, he is now appealing to the Swedish government again, this time for a pardon to be released as early as 2022 or to be sent back to Thailand. Kim was first…

First Danish pension fund blacklists China

The Danish pension fund AkademikerPension, formerly known as MP Pension, announced in the third quarter of 2020 that the fund would no longer invest in the Chinese state after the country’s human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. AkademikerPension is the first Danish pension fund to blacklist China. AkademikerPension has 140,000 members.  Jens Munch…