Category: Iceland

Nordic report warns of threats from China, Russia

A new report warns the Nordic countries of threats and challenges to the multilateral, rules-based world order coming from climate change, cyber attacks and geopolitical developments. The report is written by Mr. Björn Bjarnason of Iceland and deals with how to further develop Nordic cooperation on foreign and security policy, On 6 July 2020 it…

EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement will enter into force on 1 August 2020

Vietnam’s Council of Ministers has approved the EU-Vietnam trade and investment agreements. The agreement is set to bring unprecedented benefits for European and Vietnamese companies, consumers and workers, while promoting respect for labour rights, environmental protection and the fight against climate change under the Paris Agreement. The trade agreement will eliminate nearly all customs duties…

Thailand opens its air borders to certain groups of foreigners

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand(CAAT) published another air border restriction announcement due to Covid-19 pandemic on 29 June 2020. The majority details remain the same as the first temporary ban on international flights announced on 3 April 2020, but some foreigners are now excempted from the ban: Foreigners with a Thai spouse or Thai…

Cambodian immigration request all foreigners to register their residency before 1 July 2020

The Norwegian embassy in Bangkok published an important notice from The Cambodian Immigration’s latest policy on 16 June 2020. The statement said: “Cambodian authorities require foreign citizens to register their information and residencies in Foreigners Present in Cambodia System (FPCS) application by 1 July 2020. Foreign citizens who have not registered by this date can…

Cambodia reopens to tourism – if you pay 3000 USD in deposit for Covid-19 treatment

Travel industry has been on hold during the pandemic breakout, although a few countries have reopened for tourism. For South East Asia, Cambodia has opened up to tourism again on 11 June 2020 with additional US$ 3000 deposit policy upon arrival for travelers. According to Timeout, along with a statement from the Finnish embassy in…

Conviction of Maria Ressa shows importance of Iceland’s resolution

The conviction of one of the best known and respected journalists in the Philippines, Maria Ressa, plainly shows that there was every reason for the United Nations’ Human Rights Council to spotlight the status of human rights in the Philippines. says Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson (Independence Party). “We have expressed grave concern over the…

Embassy of Denmark Vietnam invites all to explore ideas for Nordic Project grant

The Royal Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam published an announcement on 12 June 2020, inviting all to participate in a Nordic Talk Grant. The statement said: “If you have an idea for a Nordic project, which could help place the Nordics in the minds of the worlds, you could consider applying for a Nordic Talks…

Deputies in the national’s assembly of Vietnam approved free trade agreement with the EU

On 8 June 2020, the Danish Ambassador H.E. Mr. Kim Højlund Christensen together with the EU Ambassador H.E. Mr. Giorgio Aliberti and other EU countries’ representatives attended the ninth session of the 14th National Assembly plenary meeting to witness the Vietnam National Assembly’s ratification of the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment…

Justice for George Floyd: the world is uniting against racial injustice

The murder of the black American George Floyd, who died by the hands of four local police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota in America, has led to global protests – including in the Nordic countries as well as in Asia. In Asia there has been protest in Japan and the Philippines – and a virtual protest…