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Sweden appointed new envoy to China after bookseller scandal

The Local Sweden reported on April 18 that Sweden appointed Helena Sångeland as new ambassador to China after the former ambassador, Anna Lindstedt is now being investigated for involving in secret meetings with Angela Gui, the daughter of imprisoned bookseller, Gui Minhai. Before taking the position, Sångeland had worked as Swedish ambassador to countries in…

Finns rank Valio as the most sustainable brand for the 6th time

Valio is the most sustainable brand in Finland for the sixth consecutive year, if you ask consumers. The 2019 Sustainable Brand Index survey measured the sustainability of European and Finnish brands. According to the consumers participating in the survey, the best things about Valio are its Finnish milk, its attention to animal welfare, and its…

Finnair to fly to Guangzhou, China year-round during winter 2019

Finnair, Finland’s largest airlines, announced it is extending seasonal Guangzhou route to year-round operations as stated in the press release on April 17, 2019. The new route will operate between Helsinki and Guangzhou with two weekly departures during the winter season 2019-2020. In 2016, Finnair launched its Guangzhou route as a summer route that currently…

The first direct flights from Beijing to Oslo officially opened

The first direct flights from Beijing to Oslo recently had its launching ceremony and press conference on April 12, 2019 at the Norwegian Embassy in China. At the event, there was a formal anouncment of the first direct flight between China and Norway that will be operated by Hainan Airlines, the Skytrax five-star Chinese carrier…

Fritz Hansen’s world biggest store opened in China

Fritz Hansen, an iconic Danish furniture design company, launched its store for the first time in China and it was also the largest Fritz Hansen’s store in the world. Designed by Jaime Hayon, a Spanish artist designer, a 1,000-square-metre showroom was located in Xi’an to fulfill the company’s ambition to become “the biggest Danish brand…

Nordic TV series to be streamed in China

Elisa, a Finnish telecommunications company, bought a bunch of Nordic crime series from ZDFE, a German Television company, to be streamed on its Subscription video on demand (SVoD) in China. The Nordic series that were picked up included Blue Eyes (Swedish political drama), Welcome to Texas (Finnish drama thriller), Thicker than Water (Swedish family drama)…

AAK to invest about £25m into its facility in China

AAK, a Swedish-Danish company well-known as a leading provider of value-adding vegetable oils & fats, announced to inject £24.4m to expand its facility in China. After opened the first plant in Zhangjiagang, China in 2017, AAK decided to increase capacity and support volume growth especially in Special Nutrition and Bakery segments in China by filling…

Chinese company to invest in Finland’s longest tunnel

Touchstone Capital Group, a Chinese leading company in financial solution provider, has agreed to fund billions of US dollar to a railway tunnel project connecting Finland and Estonia on the Gulf of Finland. On Friday, 8 March 2019 Touchstone Capital Group and Finestbay Area Development Oy (FADO), the developers of the project, signed a memorandum…