Sofia Flittner

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

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…

Sweden to help combat corruption in Cambodia

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) signed a three-year agreement with Transparency International Cambodia (TI Cambodia) on 11 February 2020. The agreement grants TI Cambodia 25.5 million Swedish Krona ($2.65 million) to help combat corruption in the Cambodian kingdom. “EU and Sweden will work with partner institutions in Cambodia to strengthen the demand for…

Postnord halts their shipments of packages and letters to China

Letters to and from China has always been a huge part of the Nordic postal business Postnord. But the domestic situation in China makes Postnord temporarily halt their shipments of letters and packages to China, reports svt.se. “All packages that have been sent will be quite belated,” says the company’s officer of press Maria Ibsen.…

Danish nursing students to take internships at Cebu provincial hospitals

The Provincial Board of Cebu authorized on 10 February 2020 an international internship program between Denmark and the Philippines. The program details that government-run hospitals in the province of Cebu will be hosting an internship program in which nursing students from Danish universities can join. The internship program will be facilitated by Bylling Foundation, a…

Xenophobia against Asians in Finland prompted by the coronavirus

The fear of the Chinese corona virus has affected how Asian people are treated in Finland; several Asians in the Nordic country have reported cases of discrimination, apparently prompted by the outbreak of corona virus in China. Several Asians share that they get unfriendly stares and slurs such as “Chinese disease” and “corona virus” thrown…

Tourists from Scandinavia are evolving as great tourism markets for Vietnam

Vietnam has experienced a boom in tourism at one of the fastest rates in the world with a staggering number of 18 million visitors according to the 2019 Tourism Highlight report released by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. Out of the 18 million individuals that travelled to the South East Asian country, Vietnam greeted…