Category: International relations

Children of immigrants in Norway – how are they doing?

Statistics Norway has compiled statistics about immigrant children born in Norway – how are they doing as adults. Did they integrate into Norwegian society? Or do they remain outsiders? The group analyzed are children between 25 and 40 years old and whose parents are both immigrants. As a group, these children did somewhat worse in…

Outgoing Swedish Ambassador saying Farewell

H.E. Ms. Maria Sargren, Ambassador of Sweden to Cambodia, who will complete her three-year diplomatic mission in Cambodia soon, has been doing a round of farewell-meetings with ministries and other dignitaries in the country. As a result, Sweden has received requests for help with several issues. Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, President of…

Sweden and ASEAN discussion in Stockholm

Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde recently met with six ambassadors to Sweden representing each their ASEAN country. The envoys have organized themselves as Asean Committee in Stockholm (ACS). According to the website Business Mirror, the ACS is chaired by Ambassador of Indonesia to Sweden Bagas Hapsoro, and is composed of ambassadors from Indonesia,…

Philippines may cut diplomatic relations to Iceland

Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, is “seriously considering” cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, his spokesperson Salvador Panelo has reported. The reason is that Iceland on Thursday. July 4, filed a draft resolution that will push the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to call for concrete actions against the rising number of killings in…

Countries for and against China’s Xinjiang policies

Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Finland signed on 8 July 2019, along with 17 other nations, a letter addressed to the president of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calling on China to end its massive detention program in Xinjiang. The letter expressed concern about “credible reports of…

China’s Artic goals examined by Norwegian Scholars

China’s goals in developing its influence in the Artic region is examined in an article on the website of the Arctic Institute – an independent organization headquartered in Washington, D.C with participation from all the Nordic countries, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. In later years, Arctic nations such as Denmark, Sweden and Norway have increasingly…

Finland briefs media in Beijing at start of EU Presidency

To mark the commencement of Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU), the Ambassador of Finland to China Jarno Syrjälä and the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to China Nicolas Chapuis held a press conference at the Ambassador’s Residence of the Finnish Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, informing media of the priorities…

Philippines presidential spokesperson says Swedish ambassador should judge Duterte by his actions

Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries has been told by the President Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo, that while his criticism of the President for making a joke about rape of women was understandable, Harald Fries should look at the President’s actions, not his words. “The good Swedish envoy should judge the President, not by…

Swedish court rules out extradition of Qiao Jianjun to China

Sweden’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday 9 July, 2019 that Qiao Jianjun, a fugitive requested by China, will not be extradited. The court based its decision on the risk that he would be subject to the death penalty, torture or degrading treatment that would violate the European Convention on Human Rights. The Supreme Court said…