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Niels C. Jensen

Thai Deputy PM: We Don’t Want to be Like Sweden

Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Trairong Suwannakiri yesterday warned that locking in government subsidies for electricity, city buses and trains to assist low-income earners would prove too much of a burden for Thailand, writes The Nation.“I disagree with this idea if we’re going to do it permanently. People in Sweden and other welfare states (in Scandinavia)…

Norway’s Pension Fund to Boost Investments in Asia

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, the world’s second largest, will increase investments in Asia, as the region leads the global economic recovery, said Norges Bank Governor Svein Gjedrem, this reports Bloomberg Businessweek. The fund is currently underweight in Asia, said Gjedrem, who is in Singapore as part of yesterday’s opening of Norges Bank Investment Management’s second…

1 million visitors at Norwegian Pavilion at EXPO

On Friday June 25, the Norwegian pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai EXPO welcomed its visitor number one million.At first, the 48-year-old AC technician Zhu Xingwei from Changzhou, Jiangsu Province, thought he had done something wrong as he was pulled aside and congratulated by State Secretary Halvard Ingebrigtsen from the Norwegian Ministry of Trade and Industry,…

Danish Opera in Hong Kong

An unforgettable evening of opera arranged by Danish Chamber of Commerce at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. Royal Danish Opera Singers, Pernille Bruun (Soprano), Mariann Amdisen (Mezzo Soprano), Boerge Nielsen (Baryton), Thomas Poulsen-Kragh (Tenor) and Royal Danish Opera pianist, Bo Lundby-Jaeger, performed an amazing program of French and Italian opera highlights expertly backed…

Singapore is Most Liveable City in Asia

It was ranked third worldwide, coming in behind Geneva and Zurich in the Global Liveable Cities Index. Published by Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities, the index looked at 64 cities including 36 from Asia. In individual rankings, Singapore came in first for domestic security and stability, and third for good governance and leadership. And it…

Swedish Midsummer in Pattaya

Text Ulrika Kedjer Photos Stefan Friday the 25th of June was the annual Midsummer celebration at The Pool, a Swedish owned poolbar and restaurant in Central Pattaya. Three o’clock the hosts Ulrika and Lelle welcomed the first guests, but because it was a normal day in Thailand most did not show up before five. There was…

Chairman Søren Wants Things to Move Ahead

Scandinavian Society Siam (SSS) is in competition with many other organisations. When it was established, it was the only organisation available. But since the eighties and increasingly during the last ten years several alternatives to the SSS have sprung up. And their activities have intensified. The chambers of commerce are for instance very active in organizing…

Danish-Norwegian Containership Company Keeps it Simple and Profits

The Containership Company eyes first profits. For the year ending April 2011 the Scandinavian liner start-up said it expects to report earnings in the region of $6.5 million to $7.5 million. Chief executive Jakob Tolstrup-Møller also said that the company is now generating sufficient cash-flow from its Great Dragon Service to cover operating expenses. Speaking at…

Swedish Midsummer Traditions for Everyone in Singapore

Two Australians, some Singaporeans, two Danes, some Finns, and big bunch of Swedes spent Saturday 26th June seated at blankets at the Botanical Gardens in Singapore. All they attended Young Professionals’ Midsummer Picnic. What was meant to be a ordinary After Work event at pub on Friday evolved into a celebration of the Swedish tradition…