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Lack of hands for Finnish berry picking after Thai trafficking case

berries, blueberries

While raspberries, cranberries and blueberries ripen in Finland, the firms can’t keep up, after Thailand decreased the number of berry picking visas. Where 3,500 Thai were granted a seasonal visa for Finland in 2017, that number decreased to 2,500 in 2018. Merely 2,400 have been allowed to go to the Northern country to pick berries…

Student wants ladybirds to turn China organic

ladybirds organic farming

While Danish people send ladybirds to heaven so they can ask God for good weather, a Chinese PhD student at University of Copenhagen is now asking them to eat all the greenflies. It is supposed to advance organic production in China, Globalnyt writes. “I specialise in biological control. Simply put, it is the act of…

Chinese-born girl allegedly killed by Norwegian stepbrother

A 17-year-old Chinese-born woman was killed on Saturday 10 August 2019 by her 21-year-old stepbrother, Norwegian police believes. The police found the lifeless body of Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen in the family’s home in Bærum after arresting the young woman’s stepbrother, Philip Manshaus in a mosque. The arrest was made after the suspect launched an attack…

Danish union blames Amazon for abuse of Chinese students

The Danish labour union 3F blames Amazon for the abuse of Chinese school kids who intern at Hengyang Foxconn manufacturing goods to be sold on Amazon. Hengyang Foxconn recruited 1581 Chinese students aged 16-17 in July 2019 and currently more students are hired. Foxconn is the world’s largest manufacturer of electronics and produces products for…

Concern about China’s presence in the Arctic

A melting glacier in the Arctic.

As global warming is upon us and the ice is melting in both the north and south, water areas in the Arctic which were previously inaccessible are now free to explore. An opportunity China is utilising according to the American news media CNBC. Meanwhile, the Northatlantic defence alliance, NATO, isn’t too keen on the recent…

Finland struggles to attract Chinese students

less chinese students in finland

Chinese students looking to Finland for education has declined by 24 percent since 2011. Meanwhile, the share of Asians of all foreign students has risen by 30 percent during the same period the Chinese news site Xinhuanet writes. This is an issue for Finland, as the country hopes to find potential immigrants among foreign students.…

Check how to vote for upcoming Norwegian elections

Even though you don’t live in Norway, your democratic right to vote for the municipal and regional elections on 9 September 2019 are intact if you’re a Norwegian citizen. However, you will not receive an election document in your mailbox with information on where to vote. Instead, you have to seek out a Norwegian embassy,…

Finnish telecom business sold to Shenzhen firm

Finnish company Efore has sold its telecommunications business to Shenzhen Kexin Communication Technologies Co. Ltd. The deal covers the entire Efore Telecommunications business including current product portfolio and Efore brand and name. Following the acquisition, 73 Efore employees in Finland, China and Sweden will move to the buyer as old employees. The purchase price on…