Sigrid Friis Neergaard

Journalist • ScandAsia Publishing Co., Ltd. • Bangkok, Thailand

Swedish investors to support island in sustainability project

waste management in indonesia

93 million. That’s how many straws Indonesians sucks their way through each day. And of the 9,8 billion plastic bags they use every year, almost 95 percent end up as waste. In Western Indonesia the North Sumatra Provincial Government has therefore decided that it’s time to cope with large amounts of plastic waste, and one…

Finland struggles to attract Chinese students

less chinese students in finland

Chinese students looking to Finland for education has declined by 24 percent since 2011. Meanwhile, the share of Asians of all foreign students has risen by 30 percent during the same period the Chinese news site Xinhuanet writes. This is an issue for Finland, as the country hopes to find potential immigrants among foreign students.…

Singapore admires Nordic paternity leave levels

paternity leave in singapore

Despite having the right to government-paid paternity leave for two weeks, only 35 percent Singaporean fathers swapped the business suit for changing diapers in 2018. This is even a decline from 53 percent in 2017 and 47 percent the previous year. The figures stem from the Singaporean Ministry of Social and Family Development answering a…

Check how to vote for upcoming Norwegian elections

Even though you don’t live in Norway, your democratic right to vote for the municipal and regional elections on 9 September 2019 are intact if you’re a Norwegian citizen. However, you will not receive an election document in your mailbox with information on where to vote. Instead, you have to seek out a Norwegian embassy,…

Changes in Norwegian visa process: Higher price and longer wait

As of 6 August 2019 Vietnamese visa applications for Norway will no longer be handled in Vietnam. The same changes apply for Philippine applicants as of 5 August 2019. Instead, the applications will be sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok. Applicants will have to apply via VFS Global in either Vietnam or the Philippines…