Scandinavian Business in Asia News

Cathay Pacific offers Special ASQ packages for passengers travelling to Thailand during COVID-19

Cathay Pacific, together with Thailand’s Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ), is offering Special ASQ packages for passengers upon arrival in Bangkok. The airline is collaborating with six government-certified ASQ operators in partnership with leading hospitals to provide benefits for their passengers during COVID-19 as commuters are required to serve a 14-day quarantine.  The passengers can enjoy…

Danish work safety authority in online training session with inspectors in Myanmar

The Danish Working Environment Authority (Arbejdstilsynet) has held an online session with inspectors on machinery safety and noise control at the workplace in Myanmar and how to prevent accidents, according to a statement by the Embassy of Denmark in Myanmar on 19 January 2021. Denmark is a long-term supporter of Myanmar’s labour market reform efforts…

Camfil Malaysia strengthens collaboration in molecular testing at UTAR

Camfil Malaysia, a subsidiary of the Swedish Camfil group, has entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR) in Malaysia that came into effect on 1 January 2021. The Camfil Group is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, and has 30 manufacturing sites, six R&D centres, local sales…

First Danish pension fund blacklists China

The Danish pension fund AkademikerPension, formerly known as MP Pension, announced in the third quarter of 2020 that the fund would no longer invest in the Chinese state after the country’s human rights abuses in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. AkademikerPension is the first Danish pension fund to blacklist China. AkademikerPension has 140,000 members.  Jens Munch…

The Royal Danish embassy released a documentary of King Frederik IX inaugurating Thai-Danish Dairy Farm

On 16 January 2021 the Royal Danish Embassy in Bangkok released a documentary of the Royal Visit of King Frederik IX and Queen Ingrid to Thailand during which King Frederik IX inaugurated the the Thai-Danish Dairy Farm. The message says: On this day, an auspicious ceremony took place as part of the official opening of…

Danfoss to build $7.7m refrigeration R&D center in China

According to Danfoss China, the Danish manufacturer is to build a new global refrigeration R&D and testing center in China. The new 7,000m2 center will be dedicated to research and development and will be located in the Wuqing District, Tianjin. The new R&D and testing center is expected to be completed within the next year.…

IKEA turns mistake into marketing pitch in Singapore

Swedish IKEA in Singapore has acknowledged a misprint mistake on their reusable bags candidly with an “alamak…” (“Oh, no!”) and sells them anyway – discounted as a limited edition. A missing letter in IKEA’s URL on a print on the company’s new KLAMBY reusable tote bag has not stopped IKEA from selling them anyway. Instead…

Sweden join in raising the profile of street food vendors in Singapore

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Singapore has, amongst others, joined in celebrating Singapore’s so-called ‘Hawker Culture’ of unique cultural dishes from around the world. By bringing together Swedish multinational corporations and local street food businesses, the partnership aims to promote Hawker brands and spotlighting their stories and pride through the collaborations. The Hawker culture…

EU and Cambodia discuss development priorities

Cambodia and the EU met virtually recently to consult on development priorities between Cambodia and The EU. Present at the meeting was Chhieng Yanara, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister and Secretary-General of CRDB of the Council for Development of Cambodia and the EU Delegation to Cambodia led by Franck Viault, Minister Counsellor and Head…

Norwegian Air drops flying to Thailand

Norwegian Air has announced that the airline will halt its long-haul business in an aim to survive the pandemic. The low-cost airline continues to struggle to survive the financial effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the new initiative is another measure for the airline to stay afloat. Norwegian Air has in recent years operated long-haul…