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New IKEA store in KL opened

The planned opening 14 August of IKEA’s new, 35,881 square metres, store in Kuala Lumpur’s Mutiara Damansara went smooth.      “The very first visitor arrived at 4 am and the crowd built up for the early bird event,” says Ms Asa Hjort, responsible for the new IKEA store. “The first 1000 visitors were given Viking hats…

Telenor’s DiGi sees 33% revenue growth in H1

DiGi.Com Berhad (DiGi), Telenor ASA’s mobile operation in Malaysia, on July 22 announced higher revenue of MYR 793.0 million for the first half year ended 30 June 2003, an impressive growth of 33% as compared with the previous corresponding period.      DiGi’s Norwegian chief operating officer, Tore Johnsen said the company has clearly been seeing consistent…

Danes should not marry non-Danes

One year after the implementation of a new Danish immigration law, pressure is mounting on Danish Minister for Integration, Mr. Bertel Haarder to revise parts of a law approved by the Danish parliament in July last year, which prevents Danes who marry non-Danes abroad from returning to Denmark together.       Jens Witthofft Nielsen, Secretary General…

Norway’s half-year trade with major ASEAN countries slipped

Norway’s trade of traditional commodities (all commodities excluding ships and oil platforms, for exports also excluding crude oil, natural gas and condensates) with Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia slipped in the first half of 2003, as compared to the same period last year.      From January to June 2003, the exports to Singapore saw a significant…

Asia fastest growing cruising market in the world

Scandinavians are used to relax on short cruises and being spoiled on huge state-of-the-art ferries that cross the Baltic and North seas.      And when Star Cruises introduced a similar concept in South East Asia ten years ago, they started by purchasing a couple of Swedish ferries and hired Swedish officers.      It went just fine.      Today…

From zero to third largest cruise company in nine years

Star Cruises was incorporated in September 1993 to tap Asia-Pacific’s potential as an international cruise destination. Nine years later it had grown to became the world’s third largest cruise company and won 25 international industry awards.      Today Asian holiday makers see cruising as an exciting and value-for-money vacation. At the same time Star Cruises started…

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…

Danish Manager of Seamen’s Centre in Malaysia

Mr. Karsten Holst Thomsen has since July 1, 2003 assumed the responsibilities as manager of the International Seamen’s Centre, Port of Tanjung Pelepas in Malaysia. A reception was held by the Danish Seamen’s Church in Singapore at the centre on July 4 to mark his appointment.      In ‘Kirke-hilsen’ – the newsletter of the Danish Seamen’s…