Sofia Flittner

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

Cambodia and Sweden teams up to reform the Cambodian education system

The agreement for the program ‘The Quality and Inclusive Education Support Partnership” was finalized on 19 February 2020 by the Swedish ambassador in Cambodia Bjorn Haggmark and the Cambodian minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron along with Unicef’s representative in Cambodia Cristian Munduate. When the last signature was in place a three-year…

Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden visit Son La to develop cooperation

A delegation of ambassadors from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden in Vietnam was received by Deputy Secretary of the Son La provincial Party Hoang Quoc Khanh during a formal visit to the northern province of Son La 17 February 2020. Other prominent leaders of the province were also present, reports the Vietnamese news site Nhân…

Ambassador of China in Norway calls report by the Norwegian Foreign Intelligence Service ‘flawed’ and ‘false’

The ‘Fokus 2020’ report from the Norwegian Foreign Intelligence Service lays a heavy focus on China and Chinese relations involving Norway as a potential threat to Norway – especially in the field of digital infrastructure and the Chinese interest in the Arctic, reports the newssite High North News. China is internationally known for their major…

Swedish regions and counties discontinue several partnerships with China

The Swedish region of Dalarna along with the counties of Linköping, Västerås, Åmåls and Borlänge has discontinued their cultural- and political partnerships with Chinese counties and regions as of 19 February 2020, reports the Swedish daily Dagens Samhälle. The decision is based on the criticism and threats the Chinese ambassador in Sweden has pointed at…

Swedish authorities to assist ASEAN within auditing

The audit authority of the Kingdom of Sweden has agreed to collaborate with several corresponding authorities from ten Southeast Asian countries through the organization ASEANSAI, reports the Swedish audit authority in a press release. The agreement entails that the Swedish authority contributes to the collaboration with its excellent skills and resources while the authority will…

Vietnam’s Ambasador to Helsinki met with President of Finland

The Vietnamese ambassador in Finland Dang Thi Hai Tam met on 12 February with the Finnish president Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki to present her credential and develop the bilateral ties between the two countries. According to the Vietnamese newssite Nhân Dân, the Finnish President expressed wishes that the ambassador will make great efforts in making…

Thais and Filipinos are increasing the population of Greenland

A report by The Statistics of Greenland shows that foreigners are a major reason to the population increase in Greenland – in fact the reports shows a 12 % increase of foreign citizens in Greenland in 2019. Majority of the foreigners in Greenland come from two Southeast Asian countries: Thailand and the Philippines. In fact,…

SAS and Finnair postpone departures to China once again

Originally the Scandinavian flight company only halted their flights to China until 29 February 2020 as a result of the novel coronavirus. “A new evaluation of the situation regarding the coronavirus has been conducted, and SAS has decided to halt all departures to and from Shanghai and Beijing until 29 March 2020,” states the Scandinavian…

IKEA delays the opening of the first IKEA in the Philippines to 2021

In October 2019 IKEA Philippines reported the opening of the first IKEA in the Philippines to be initially “by the end of 2020”. But IKEA enthusiast in the Philippines will have to wait another year to experience their first IKEA. The Swedish home interior giant has confirmed on the official IKEA Philippines website that the…