Category: General news

Norwegian embassy Singapore invited all to share fun 17 May moment digitally

The Royal embassy of Norwegian in Singapore invites all Norwegians (and friends of Norway) celebrating Constitution day on 17 May to join a fun photo challenge. Since Singapore is currently in Circuit Breaker measures to curb numbers of Covid-19 infection along with many countries, This way Norwegians, families and friends living in Singapore can share…

Danish Seamen’s Church in Hong Kong cancels Sunday service

The Danish Seamen’s Church in Hong Kong announced in its newsletter, that the Sunday service has been cancelled due to continuous restrictions of the coronavirus. “We were too optimistic and hasty when we announced that there would be a service the 17 May,” said the Seamen’s Church in their newsletter. But instead of cancelling the…

WISTA associations in Scandinavia and Asia start to collaborate

The Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association (WISTA) has announced that several national WISTA associations have come together in an initiative to support seafarers. WISTA Norway and WISTA Singapore are some of the national departments of WISTA in the initiative. The WISTA associations will grant free WISTA membership for seafarers through 31 August 2020, reports…

Swedish publisher distributes prison-poems by Gui Minhai

The Swedish publishing firm Kaunitz-Olsson released a collection of 11 poems written by Gui Minhai, the Swedish-Hong Kong bookseller currently imprisoned in China after being convicted of providing illegal information to foreign countries in February. The collection is dubbed ‘I draw a door on the wall with my finger’. The poems were written by the…

Three Taiwanese people lose nationality lawsuit against Norway

Three Taiwanese people living in Norway lost a lawsuit against the Norwegian government, where they accused the government of wrongly changing their nationality from “Taiwanese” to “Chinese” on their residency permits, reports the Taiwanese daily Taipei Times. The court of Oslo ruled 28 April that the Norwegian government follows the “One China” policy and therefore…

Danish Foreign Ministry establish overview for COVID-19 aid to Danish businesses in China

The Foreign Ministry of Denmark has established a new information portal where Danes with businesses in foreign countries can get an overview of the potential aid, they can receive during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced the Danish Foreign Ministry in a press release. The purpose of the economic-relief initiative is to support the citizens of the…

A victim of the coronavirus: Thai-Dane forced to shut down beloved restaurant in Laos

Savija Pannark, a Thai-Danish woman living in Laos, is one of many people affected by the restrictions imposed by governments to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Savija Pannark has been forced to shut down her restaurant Dexter in Luang Prabang due to the many restrictions by the Laotian government, which includes social distancing…

Danida Business Partnership programme in Indonesia: Two named partnerships suspended

ScandAsia reported previously in April that the Danida Business Programme Partnership in Indonesia had been suspended due to alleged fraud within the programme. Kasper Helmgaard Rask, political and economic advisor at the Danish Embassy in Indonesia, clarifies that it is not the entire programme that has been suspended – only cooperation with two businesses involved.…