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First annual meeting for Finns in Bangkok

Finns living in Thailand now have their own local society. The society has been officially named as Finns in Bangkok – Krungthepin Suomalaiset. The Finns held their first annual meeting in Bangkok on 13.09.2004.      The group had previously met in May when the society had been founded. Chairman for Finns in Bangkok is Tero Norjanen…

Finnair’s new traveling campaign

Finnair launches faster and more frequent flights from Asia to Europe to serve the fast-growing business from the East.       Finland’s newly extended Helsinki-Vantaa Airport has made Finnair to start a new trend in flying from Asia to Europe. Because 57% of the passengers are on flights to and from Asia, the airport expands its…

Denmark, Finland, Sweden participate in ASEM Film Festival

The Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam co-operated with the British Council, the Goethe Institute, L’Espace, and embassies of Asian and European countries to organise an Asia-Europe Film Festival in Hanoi from September 10-29.      This is an activity in the framework of ASEM 5 in Hanoi from September 10-29. Seventeen films of Asian and…

Finnish Volunteer Program extends operations to Cambodia

     The Finnish Volunteer Program has expanded its operations to include Cambodia. Within Asia the program has formerly located Finnish volunteer workers to India, Nepal, Malaysia and Thailand. The initiative for the expansion was driven by the NGO, Children of Cambodia, which has been given funding from the Finnish Foreign Ministry.      The Finnish volunteer workers will…

Finnair to renew Business Class cabins in intercontinental fleet

     Finnair announced that its business class cabins on MD-11 aircraft will be renewed. Finnair is the first European airline to renew its Business Class cabins in every aircraft belonging to its intercontinental fleet. The renewal, scheduled for 2005, will include the introduction of lie-flat beds.      After the changes Finnair will offer a total of 36…

Finnair to introduce new text message check-in

     Finnair has announced that from October onwards its passengers will be able to check-in in advance with only a text message sent from their mobile phones. The service, created by Finnish company BookIT, only requires passengers to activate the service and then answer a text message before each flight departure.      The SMS service will allow…

Finn appointed to Asian Development Bank Board

     Finnish Pasi Hellman has been named member of board of directors in the Asian Development Bank (ADB) from 1.9.2005 onwards. Hellman has started working for the ADB on 1st September as advisor to a Canadian member.      Mr. Hellman has been working for the Finnish Foreign Ministry since 1995 and has been director of the Investment…

Change of Finnish Ambassador in Thailand 01.02.2005

     Current ambassador in Thailand Mr. Heikki Tuunanen will relocate to Pretoria to serve as ambassador from February 2005 onwards. Mr. Tuunanen has served as ambassador for Thailand, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Cambodia and Myanmar since 2000.      Lars Backström, councilor for foreign affairs, has been appointed as the next ambassador in Thailand starting from 1st February…

ScandAsia.fi for the Finnish in South East Asia soon to come!

The fourth magazine in the ScandAsia family, the ScandAsia.fi, is now about to be established. The magazine has been a planned expansion ever since the start of the current three ScandAsia magazines serving the other Nordic residents in the region – but practical problems have been in the way of its realization.       Project Manager…

NordCham Hanoi moved

The office of the Nodic Chamber of Commerce (NordCham), Hanoi Branch, has moved to a new location. From August 26 onwards, the new address is:      Nodic Chamber of Commerce, Hanoi Branch      Daeha Business Centre, Level 10, Ericsson Office,      360 Kim Ma, Ba Dinh District,      Hanoi, Vietnam      Tel: (84-4) 7714216      Fax: (84-4) 8315195      Email: secretariat@nordcham.org.vn or…