Mette Larsen

Mette Larsen

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

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…

Experts: WHO and China could have reacted to Covid-19 faster

Both China and the World Health Organization (WHO) could have responded more quickly to prevent a disaster when the Covid-19 outbreak was in its initial stages. That is the conclusion from a group of independent experts led by former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who have been examining…

Danfoss to build $7.7m refrigeration R&D center in China

According to Danfoss China, the Danish manufacturer is to build a new global refrigeration R&D and testing center in China. The new 7,000m2 center will be dedicated to research and development and will be located in the Wuqing District, Tianjin. The new R&D and testing center is expected to be completed within the next year.…

IKEA turns mistake into marketing pitch in Singapore

Swedish IKEA in Singapore has acknowledged a misprint mistake on their reusable bags candidly with an “alamak…” (“Oh, no!”) and sells them anyway – discounted as a limited edition. A missing letter in IKEA’s URL on a print on the company’s new KLAMBY reusable tote bag has not stopped IKEA from selling them anyway. Instead…

Sweden join in raising the profile of street food vendors in Singapore

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Singapore has, amongst others, joined in celebrating Singapore’s so-called ‘Hawker Culture’ of unique cultural dishes from around the world. By bringing together Swedish multinational corporations and local street food businesses, the partnership aims to promote Hawker brands and spotlighting their stories and pride through the collaborations. The Hawker culture…

Danish princes Nicolai and Felix and their mother Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg in Chinese documentary

Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg and the first Asian-born princess in the history of the European Royal family gives viewers a whole new and honest insight into her life as a divorcee and a single mother on Chinese television. Until recently, the documentary was only available to viewers in China. But then it was shared on…