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Finland’s Vaisala to Outsource in Malaysia

Finnish meteorological and aerospace instrument maker Vaisala is to outsource some of the company’s measurement systems division production functions to Malaysia, the company said January 12.         Vaisala is to start talks with the aim of cutting its domestic workforce by 60.“The financial impact (of outsourcing)  is estimated to be a 1.5 MEUR  annual improvements in…

Nordic Chamber Meet Discusses Education in Thailand

The Nordic Chambers has organised a panel discussion involving four international schools in Thailand on January 11, 2006 at the Conrad Hotel, Bangkok.         The schools invited to participate were Bangkok Patana School, Harrow International School, the International School of Bangkok (ISB) and the New International School (NIST).         This information session involved a comprehensive overview of…

Indonesian Vice President to Meet Aceh Exiles

Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla will visit Finland soon to meet with exiled leaders of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) and to discuss further steps for maintaining peace in Aceh.         The two sides will also meet the head of the Finland-based Crisis Management Initiative group, Marti Ahtisaari, the former Finnish president who mediated the negotiation…

More Than 29,000 Finns Voted Abroad in the First Round of Presidential Elections

According to the calculations made by the polling stations themselves, the number of Finns who came to vote at the Finnish embassies, consulates and other polling facilities abroad was well over 29,000. The number is almost exactly the same as in the first round of presidential elections the last time, in the year 2000. Then…

Alvar Aalto’s Exhibition in Jakarta – Museum Nasional

An exhibition of the famous Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto will take place in Museum Nasional, Jakarta from January 13 to February 06, 2006.         The exhibition Alvar Aalto Houses – Timeless Expressions highlights seventeen one-family houses by Alvar Aalto. Buildings are presented through a selection of photographs, architectural drawings, scale models and furniture. The…

Nordic countries and Singapore join hands in Artist Exchange Program

Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art (NIFCA) launched an Artist-in-Residence Exchange program. The program aims to negotiate cultural differences, explore the potential to engage in inter and cross cultural activities, as well as to further art practices.          Interested Applicants can apply online before 31 January 2006.         The program is scheduled to run between April-October 2006.         …

Finland Grants Cambodia’s Sustaining Livelihoods Project

The Government of Finland will provide a $4.7 million grant for the Sustaining Livelihoods Project in the Tonle Sap in Cambodia.         The project will help improve livelihoods and reduce poverty by financing small-scale community activities relating to social infrastructure, income-generation, and community fisheries in five provinces surrounding the Tonle Sap, the largest freshwater lake in…

Advance Voting Abroad of Finnish Presidential Elections 2006

In Finland, the round in the Presidential Election is held on 15 January 2006 and the possible second round on 29 January 2006. Meanwhile, Finnish Expatriates can vote for their new president in advance only which will take place at the Embassy of Finland overseas.         Advance voting abroad is arranged from 4 to 7 January…

Finland Presents Its Tsunami Early Warning System to Thai

A consortium of Finnish research institutes and companies presented its study and recommendations on a tsunami and disaster Early Warning System to members of the Thai government, authorities and research institutes in a seminar held in Phuket in early December.                       The essential recommendations include the modernization of the earthquake observation and water level networks,…