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Sweden holds referendum on Euro introduction

The Swedish government has decided arrange referendum 14 September 2003 on the introduction of the euro. All Swedish citizens who, according to the Elections Act, fulfill the requirements to vote in Swedish Riksdag (parliamentary) elections will be entitled to vote in the referendum. Persons entitled to vote in the Swedish local elections will also be…

Denmark provides second technical assistance fund

Asian Development Bank (ADB), a multilateral development finance institution dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific, will administer a new DKK20 million (US$3.2 million) cooperation fund financed by the government of Denmark.      The second Danish cooperation fund for technical assistance will provide grants for ADB activities such as project preparation, training and advisory…

Aker Kvaerner wins USD30-million contract in Indonesia

Norwegian global provider of engineering and construction services, Aker Kvaerner, recently through its Canada-based subsidiary Chemetics entered into two new contracts for equipment supply and engineering services for two integrated chlorine dioxide plants in Indonesia, worth a combined total of USD 30 million.      Chemetics is a technology based engineering design company, and is part of…

NORAD to give AIT 15 million NOK for human resources development

The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) will provide NOK 15 million to the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok as its assistance in human resources development for the period of 2003-2005.      The agreement was signed at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok on May 14 by Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Mrs. Ragne…

Singapore removed from WHO’s list of SARS-hit areas

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already removed Singapore from the list of areas with recent local transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and no longer recommends exit screening of international travellers departing from the country.      WHO announced the good news a day ahead of the effective date May 31, which is 20 days…

Norwegian Priest in Singapore appointed new regional duties

Stein Vangen, the Norwegian pastor at the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission in Singapore since October 2002, will this autumn start in a full time job visiting the Norwegian communities in South East Asia.       Stein Vangen’s immediate territory will include Malaysia, Brunei, East Timor, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan. Possibly also Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which…

Viking Cup moved to September due to SARS

Viking Cup, the annual encounter of all Viking football teams from Asia, has been postponed this year to 25-28 September 2003 due to the uncertainties surrounding the SARS virus.       The defending champion, Singapore Vikings, are organizing this year’s competition which traditionally is held in the Easter weekend. This year due to the outbreak of…

Norwegian Independence Day in Indonesia

The Indonesian Norwegian Business Council (INBC), in co-operation with the Norwegian Embassy in Jakarta, organized an evening celebration “Snowflakes Over Java” on May 17 at Jakarta Hilton International to mark the Norwegian Independence Day.      INBC members and guests were welcomed by a multimedia video on Norway and INBC – jointly produced by INBC and the…

SARS impact: key factor is time it takes

The Nordic diplomatic representations and the Nordic business associations in South East Asia were almost unanimous in their evaluation of the impact of SARS on the economic relations between their respective home countries and their current country of residence.      In a quick survey conducted by ScandAsia at the height of the crisis in April all…