Latest Scandinavian Laos News

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…

Fredskorpset kickstarts first south–south exchange programme

Twenty young professionals within environmental journalism, fishfarming and seismic studies from nine Asian countries – including Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR – participated in an introductory course in Bangkok to prepare themselves for the first south–south exchange programme of the new Norwegian Fredskorpset (Peace Corps).      This exchange programme is organized by Asia Pacific Forum of…

Norway supports child labor prevention in Laos

45 primary school children volunteers and their teachers from Xoat, Boungkouang and Pakkading-neua villages attended a six-day child labor prevention workshop organized in Pakkading district, Bolikhamxay province by Lao People’s Revolutionary Youth Union (LPRYU) in March.      This project was implemented by LPRYU and supported by Save the Children Norway in Laos with the aims to…

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…

Human trafficking victims mostly from Thailand’s neighbours

Sex industry in Thailand was largely run by small and informal cross-border networks, a Norwegian NGO in Laos said at a recent symposium on human trafficking.      According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), up to 1.2 million children worldwide become victims each year. The extent of the problem has recently brought together key players…

Laos to improve SIDA-funded statistical project

Laos’s National Statistical Centre (NSC) is planning to increase its capability in order to improve the quality of data collected on the population’s household expenditure under the project funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).      SIDA has financially supported NSC’s project to collect data on Lao’s household expenditure since the beginning in 1992. The project…

Danish Red Cross strengthens primary health care in Laos

The quality of life of ethnic minority tribes in remote Khoa district, Phongsaly province is being strengthened by the Primary Health Care Program of the Lao Red Cross supported by the Danish Red Cross (LRC-DRC project).      The healthcare program is focusing on the construction of gravity fed water systems and latrines. Education assistance is also…

Swedish inspiration for environmental protection

Laotian Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office Bountieng Phisamay recently visted Sweden to study Swedish education and environmental protection. Upon his return, Mr. Bountieng Phisamay urged the development industry not to forsake Laos’ natural heritage.      The minister suggested that government socio-economic development policyneeds to be implemented in such away that the environment is protected. He…

Norway, Lao find ways to fight drugs, criminals

Norwegian and Lao officials recently discussed ways to disseminate anti drug information and improve the criminal law in a high calibre meeting.      The gathering was part of a visit to Laos on February 7-12 by a Norwegian delegation led by Mr Trond Heelland, President of the Judicial Commission of the Parliament of the Kingdom of…