Category: International relations

Ann Måwe – Sweden’s new Ambassador to Vietnam

For the third time in a row seasoned diplomat Ms. Ann Måwe has been awarded the job she applied for within the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This time the appointment is her Ambassador debut – at the Embassy of Sweden, Hanoi. It has been both smooth sailing and disruptive at this posting since Ambassador…

International Cooperation and Solidarity – a key to address any global crisis

OP-ED by NORWAY’S AMBASSADOR TO VIETNAM, H.E. GRETE LØCHEN We all entered the New Year 2020 with ambitious plans and hopes, as it marked the beginning of a new decade. This year, Vietnam is assuming a dual role as the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a non-permanent member of the…

Norwegian embassy Manila provide contact information to assist stranded travelers

The Norwegian Embassy in Manila has sent out an important message to Norwegian  travelers possibly stranded in the Phillipines due to flights cancellations and border restrictions in various destinations, on 23 March 2020. “Filipino authorities urge foreign embassies to provide information of their stranded travelers to the department of tourism’s regional offices. These information coordinates…

Nordic countries contribute funds for Covid-19 vaccine research

The Norwegian government published on 18 March 2020 an official statement as an update on the Covid-19 vaccine effort. The statement said: “Several countries are now supporting Norway’s appeal for funding for the development of a vaccine against the Covid-19 virus. Germany, Sweden, Finland and Denmark are among the countries that are now pledging millions.…

Denmark and Sweden: Very different Covid reactions

Denmark and Sweden are neighbors but have taken very different measures to slow the spread of the Covid-19 virus. While the Danish Government has implemented a lock-down of the country by turning away people at the borders that have no essential need to enter Denmark, closed schools and public offices and urged private companies to…

Embassy of Sweden in Manila co-host Women2020 summit

The Swedish Ambassador Harald Fries joined the Women2020 Summit in Samsung Hall at SM Aura Manila, an event celebrating International Women’s Day, on 5 March 2020. His Excellency shared the key milestones and movements in Swedish progress towards gender equality. The Embassy of Sweden co-hosted the event in partnership with SPARK Philippines,UN Women Asia and…

Swedish-Chinese writer and publisher Gui Minhai sentenced to 10 years in prison

The Swedish Citizen of Chinese descent Gui Minhai was sentenced to 10 years in prison on 24 February 2020, reports Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court in a statement on its website, reports Reuters. Gui Minhai was condemned to prison on the charges of having illegally provided information to foreign Intelligence Services. In 2012 the Chinese-Swedish writer…

EU to train non-EU countries how to introduce “novel foods” in EU

The European commission has developed a comprehensive set of laws that govern the authorization of Novel Foods. Novel Foods are defined as those which have not been consumed to any significant extent within Europe prior to May 15th 1997, the date of the first Novel Food legislation (Regulation (EC) No 258/97).   The European Commission’s Directorate…

Vietnam’s Ambasador to Helsinki met with President of Finland

The Vietnamese ambassador in Finland Dang Thi Hai Tam met on 12 February with the Finnish president Sauli Niinistö in Helsinki to present her credential and develop the bilateral ties between the two countries. According to the Vietnamese newssite Nhân Dân, the Finnish President expressed wishes that the ambassador will make great efforts in making…

Norway promoting peace in the Sulu Archipelago

Norway is a consistent partner for peace efforts in the Philippines. Norway’s Ambassador to the Philippines Bjørn Jahnsen recently visited the provinces of Sulu and Basilan to support a project with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), promoting sustainable peace in the island provinces. The three-year project will address the main drivers of instability in…