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Swedish carmaker Polestar starts production of latest model

Despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis, production of the latest model – Polestar 2 – of the Swedish car brand Polestar has begun in China, with deliveries anticipated to take place from summer 2020. Last year, Polestar opened a new research and development (R&D) centre in Coventry in May 2019. Their aim of the new facility…

Vestas continues to make business despite the outbreak of coronavirus

Despite the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has halted most business’, the Danish wind energy giant Vestas continues to secure business partners. The Danish company Vestas announced on 31 March 2020 that the final agreements between the company and Chinese clients had been finalized. The company will deliver 301-Megawatt turbines for three projects in…

Asian countries rank high in new corona-fear survey

Asian countries are more scared to contract the novel coronavirus than Scandinavian countries, according to a new survey from YouGov based on the percentage of 27,000 participants from 26 countries who have reported that they are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ scared of contracting COVID-19. Amongst the countries are China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan,…

New Dean of the Danish Seamen’s Church and Churches Abroad

The Danish Seamen’s Church and Churches Abroad (DSUK) announced in a press release on 27 March 2020 that Selma Ravn’s first day as the new Dean of the Danish Seaman’s and overseas Churches. She replaces Pia Sundbøll who will retire by the end of April. Selma Ravn is currently the vicar at Frederikskirken in Paris,…

Several NGO’s asks Norway to divest Chinese tech companies after violation of human rights

It has been reported that a group of NGOs’ has urged Norway to divest from Chinese technology companies after their involvement in human rights violations in China’s Uyghur region has been brought into the light. It is described as ‘a coalition of six Human Rights Organizations’ that address the topic of divestment of Hikvision Digital…

Sweden continues to reject isolation

Despite almost 3.500 confirmed cases of Swedes infected with the novel coronavirus and 105 deaths, Sweden refuses to install restrictions to prevent spreading of the virus. A clear contrast to the rest of Scandinavia and Europe. While the Swedish authorities have advised the Swedish citizens to practice social distancing Metronews reports that Swedes are still…

Cambodia suspends tourist visa from 30 March 2020

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia published an official regulations statement regarding Covid-19 situation on 27 March 2020. The Royal Government of Cambodia is monitoring Covid-19 situation on daily basis and agreed to suspend tourist visa, visa on arrival, e-visa to all Foreign citizens from 30 March until 30 April 2020.…

Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs created facebook group to assist stranded Danes overseas

The Danish Ministry of Foreign created a facebook group to assist stranded Danes overseas due to Coronavirus crisis. The statement was published on 21 March 2020 that said: “Are you stranded outside Denmark’s borders – or are you abroad who wants to help other danes in a difficult situation? We are in contact with many…

Finland install further measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus

Nationwide, Finland has confirmed 880 cases of COVID-19 and three deaths: the spread of the virus is further along in the region of Uusimaa that surrounds the capitol city Helsinki with over half of the confirmed cases coming from this region. “The only workable way to slow the spread of the epidemic is to limit…