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Ups and downs: Scandinavian and Asian countries fall and rise in World Happiness Ranking

The annual World Happiness Report was released 20 March 2020. The report revealed an interesting shift in the rankings of the happiness of the countries of the world. The Scandinavian countries are notoriously known for ranking high in reports of happiness and welfare with Finland ranking first place for the third year in a row…

Sweden and Indonesia announced temporary travel ban

The Sweden Government decided on18 March 2020, to temporarily stop non-essential travel to Sweden to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak and reduce the spread of the virus. The decision takes effect on 19 March and will initially apply for 30 days. This is an exceptional measure that will not apply for longer than…

Iceland restricts arrivals until 17 April

Iceland does only allow foreign nationals from EU (+EFTA) and UK nationals to enter Iceland. All other travellers will not be allowed to board transportation to Iceland until 17 April 2020. EU and UK tourists traveling to Iceland are, however, not restricted and do not need to go into quarantine. A few important things to…

Sweden and Indonesia to cooperate in developing sustainable bioenergy

The Policy Analysis and Development Department of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, the Indonesian Embassy in Stockholm and Sweden hosted together an event in Jakarta in March to discuss and increase the understanding of bio-energy research in Indonesia and the ongoing transition to modern bioenergy – and discuss possible implementation to develop sustainable bioenergy. “Indonesia’s diplomacy…

‘Smart energy’ – a circular- and bioeconomy enabler

The energy sector is going through a huge restructuring at the moment. Transformation is now taking hold worldwide where global demand for smart energy solutions is increasing. Finland is here a player. Finland possesses significant expertise in the fields of renewable energy technology, smart networks, power electronics and automation. The energy sector already contributes to…

Norwegian company to build $70 million solar plant in Indonesia

The Norwegian multinational company Scatec Solar have announced their plan to invest $70 million in a 70-megawatt solar plant in Indonesia. The Oslo-based company has intentions to begin construction of the power facility later in 2020, while expecting full operation by 2020. According to the news site Vietnam Plus, Scatec Solar will face several challenges…

Thai government announced new travel policy regarding COVID19

Thai government announced the latest policies regarding the Coronavirus – Covid 19 situation in Thailand, at the government house, on 12 March 2020. An hour long press conference gave insight of domestic care and how to handle travelers to Thailand. Doctor Rungrueng Kitpati, consultant and representative of Ministry of Public Health said: “As the virus…

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…

Thai airways cancels certain flights to Scandinavia due to COVID19

In regards of global epidemic virus, the constantly evolving COVID19 outbreak, Thai Airways has cancelled some of its international flights as follows: Flights to Denmark Bangkok-Copenhagen: Cancellation of flights TG950/951 on 12, 19, 26 May 2020. Flights to Sweden Bangkok-Stockholm: Cancellation of flights TG960/961 on 14, 21, 28 May 2020. Flights to Malaysia Bangkok- Kuala…

Food waste rescuer: Bo H. Holmgreen

The more we implement circular economy the more we will transform and improve the world – for business, people and planet. Bo H. Holmgreen is a highly successful Danish entrepreneur-come-philanthropist who has launched a monumental undertaking to reduce the world’s food waste – with Thailand and Indonesia as test beds. While most people sit and…