Sarah Mia Haagerup

Hanoi’s First Finnish Settler

Matti Nurmi is a Finnish electrician-engineer-turned-restaurant-and-kindergarten-owner who has lived in Vietnam for over 20 years. He is one of Vietnam’s first Finnish settlers.    Maybe you know him as his name became pretty well-known in Hanoi back in the 90s when “waterfall” bangs, Hip-Hop, Nintendo Boys and horn-rimmed spectacles were hot. Back then Matti opened one of Hanoi’s first Western bars “the Sunset Pub”. If this still doesn’t ring any bells maybe you remember him as the man in the fancy Porsche which he used to cruise around…

The Swedish Trade Council Starts New Office in Singapore

The Swedish Ambassador to Singapore and the Singaporean Ambassador to Sweden were both present at the inauguration event on the 12th of December along with prominent business leaders in the local Swedish community. The ceremony started off with remarks from the President of the Swedish Trade Council, the Swedish Ambassador to Singapore and the President of…

Elephant Ride Gone Wrong

Like so many other tourists visiting Phuket, Swede Gustav Karlsson, 31, and his brother-in-law John, thought it would be a fun experience to go on one of Thailand’s numerous elephant rides. This trip however didn’t go quite as they had expected. Suddently the elephant went crazy and tossed the two chocked men from its back injuring both of them, reports…

Surviving Tourist Puts Pressure On Police

Today 7 months after the deadly incident in May 2009 investigators still haven’t found an explanation for what killed Karina Refseth’s friend Norwegian Julie Bergheim, 22, and fellow tourist Jill St. Onge, 27, from Seattle.What was intended a holiday in paradise turned fatal when Julie Bergheim and Jill St. Onge died shortly after having experienced breathing-difficulties and terrible stomach…

Novo Nordisk Threatened in Southeast Asia

The French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi-Aventis has entered 2010 with a new and aggressive pricing strategy for a number of countries in Southeast Asia and Novo Nordisk will inevitably be affected by this low-cost competition.So far, Sanofi-Aventis announced that prices will be lowered in Indonesia and the Philippines, but Thailand and several other countries in the…