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Coronavirus: Scandinavians in Asia urged to “be cautious”

The Danish, Swedish and Norwegian official travel advice to their citizens is to “be cautious” when travelling to countries in Asia in order not to get infected by the corona virus COVID-19. All three countries advises strongly against travelling to China. Only Norway suggests avoid travelling also to other areas where there is a prevalent…

Grundfos record sales in 2019: Ambitious goals for the future 

The Danish pump manufacturer Grundfos, increased in 2019 its net turnover to DKK 27.5bn. This is the highest level in Grundfos’ 75-year history. The company, which has a strong presence in all of Asia, also reached its 10% profitability target one year ahead of time. “While we expect 2020 to be a challenging year, the…

Danish maritime companies to get new opportunities in China and Singapore

Denmark’s Export Credit Agency (EKF) have teamed up with the Danish Trade Council, the Royal Danish Embassy in Beijing and Embassy of Denmark in Singapore to develop an alliance, which will give small and medium-sized Danish companies more opportunities to offer and deliver maritime technologies for shipyards in China and Singapore. The alliance will be…

ScandAsia Theme on Circular Economy:
Sustainability-driver and business model game changer

ScandAsia showcases in this theme examples of Circular Economy, how the Nordic countries view the business opportunities and how Nordic companies embrace the concept. By Joakim Persson Circular economy reduces waste and environmental degradation; it increases competitiveness; creates jobs; helps switch to a green economy; and leads to a truly sustainable economic development. We cannot…

New Danish ambassadors to China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand

All vacant ambassador posts in Asia have now been filled, announced the Danish Foreign Ministry in a mail to ScandAsia 28 February 2020. Five Danish Embassies have now new head of mission, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. The new Danish ambassador in China is Thomas Østrup Møller, replacing Carsten Damsgaard. The new ambassador is…

The Museum of H.C Andersen in Denmark impacted by lack of Chinese tourists

The Chinese travel ban due to the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus has led to a drastic decrease in Chinese tourists in Denmark. And especially one tourist attraction is suffering, reports the Danish daily JydskeVestkysten. Around 270 Chinese tourists visited the Museum of H.C Andersen in the city of Odense in week 7 of 2019.…

Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark confirm positive cases of coronavirus

Norway, Sweden and Finland all announced cases of people testing positive to the novel coronavirus in their respective countries the 26 February 2020, according to The Local Sweden, Yle from Finland and the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. The Danish health authorities reported the first positive case of coronavirus 27 February 2020. In Sweden a man from…

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…

Finland is still willing to cooperate with China despite U.S warning

Despite warnings from the United States’ Secretary of Defense Mark Esper during the recent Security Policy Forum in Germany saying that friends and allies of the United States should refrain from partnerships and cooperation with China, the President of Finland has no intentions of stopping cooperation with China. “Finland has no concrete reason, or need,…