Category: General news

Finnair is world’s safest airline; China Airlines ranked last

Finnair has been ranked as the world’s safest airline in the 2012 JACDEC Safety Index. This is the first time Finland’s national carrier has topped the rankings. After Finnair came Air New Zealand, Cathay Pacific Airways, Emirates and Etihad. “Of course we are pleased, as safety is the kind of thing where you can’t compromise,”…

Swedish research looks to Vietnam’s infant potting training

A Swedish research has claimed Vietnam’s potty training – where toddlers as young as three months go diaper-free – a way to prevent infants from suffering urinary tract infections. Researchers at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg have studied mothers in Vietnam who teach their infants early on to empty their bladders at the sound of…

Drunk Danish jailed for going berserk in the Philippines

An intoxicated Danish was arrested on Jan 7 in P. Burgos, Makati City, the Philippines for calling women demeaning words and the police fake. Nicolaj Kristensen, 37, was charged with drinking an intoxicating drink in public in violation of a city ordinance, alarm and scandal, and direct assault upon an agent or a person in…

Artist Maritta Nurmi nominated “Creative Person of the Year” in Vietnam

The Embassy of Finland in Hanoi has nominated artist Maritta Nurmi “Creative Person of the Year” on Wednesday, 18 December 2012. Nurmi has lived and worked in Vietnam for 18 years. Her artistic practice includes painting and installation. She has held nearly 20 solo exhibitions in Finland, Vietnam, Thailand, Sweden, and the United States. With…

Finland-Vietnam ties logo contest announced winner

A third-year student of the Hanoi University of Industrial Arts has won a logo design competition for the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Finland and Vietnam. “It is a simple but efficient, modern design, easy to use and remember, with a part of the star flying for tomorrow!” the jury said in a Finish…

Vasaloppet ski festival in China draws increasing crowds

Vasaloppet festival, a Nordic winter game originated from Sweden, has seen its Chinese and foreign participants by folds in recent years after 11years. With only 200 participants in its inaugural year in 2003, the festival attracted more than 10,000 athletes from 31 countries and regions as well as thousands more ski fans this year. It…

Swede’s complaint over ‘horror’ on express bus in Malaysia gets boost

Express bus drivers in Malaysia have been given guidelines on the playing of movies during trips, and failure to adhere to them could risk them being reported to the Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board (CVLB) for further action. Sabah Express Bus Operators Council president Donald Hanafi gave this warning following an incident where inappropriate material was…

Finnish Contemporary Lithography comes to Bangkok

After a display at Met Museum in Manila, the Philippines, the acclaimed lithography works by Finnish artists will take Bangkok art scene by storm throughout January.  The art exhibition ‘Contemporary Lithography from Finland’ will be displayed at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) on 12 January 2013. Artits Maija Albrecht, Kalle Berg, Matti Hintikka, Valpuri…