Latest Scandinavian Myanmar News

Norwegian ambassador meets Myanmar’s Minister for Electricity and Energy

Union Minister for Electricity and Energy U Win Khaing received Norwegian Ambassador to Myanmar H.E. Tone Tinnes at his office in Nay Pyi Taw on 14th November 2019. During the meeting, they discussed Norwegian assistance to Myanmar in the areas of hydropower technologies, drawing grid code in power distribution, environmental and social management and English…

The Royal Norwegian Embassy supported Inle Lake Youth Diplomats Program

Lise Nordgaard, the Deputy Head of Mission from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, attended and delivered certificates to the Young Lake Ambassadors on 6th November 2019. Ten enthusiastic youths from the Inle Lake region have been trained to become the Ambassadors of the lake to raise awareness of environmental issues affecting the lake and its people.…

ScandAsia puts the spotlight on the Nordics’ circular economy Asian outreach

During SWITCH (Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology) and Singapore Fintech Festival, Denmark’s ‘Sustainability Thought Leader Forum’ showcases Denmark and the Nordics as frontrunners in sustainable development, while the Nordic Innovation House Singapore showcases its Circular Economy & Energy programme. These are very prominent activities among many similar ones by the Nordics recently. In connection…

Danish ambassador signed MOU with Myanmar Anti-Corruption Commission

  Mr. John Nielson, Danish Ambassador to Myanmar signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) with Myanmar’s Anti-Corruption Commission. The diplomatic meeting was to acquiring technical assistance in compiling surveys related to combating corruption and capacity building, at Nay Pyi Taw’s Hilton Hotel, 30th October 2019. The Ani-Corruption Commission Chairman U Aung Kyi and Danish State…

Asian adventures: The sun always shines on Birgitte

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Birgitte Weeke might just have the most genuine smile I have ever seen despite the fact that I’m late due to Yangon’s morning traffic. She’s sipping coffee as she sits by the window in a modern café with cakes and quiches on display. “52 this Christmas. Or 53. You would have to ask my son,”…

Dane about life in Myanmar in 1991: “My phone was tapped”

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No shops, no good restaurants, no super markets and no private satellite dishes allowed so no international news. That was the reality when Jørn Kristensen and his wife, Astri, arrived in Myanmar in 1991. “It was an isolated and broken country in many ways,” Jørn Kristensen says. Only few years before his arrival, a devaluation…

Unique Yangon: “Blood” splatters and men in skirts

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Developing. That would be the best word to describe the largest city and former capital of Myanmar, Yangon, previously known as Rangoon. Before arriving in Yangon, I didn’t have many expectations as Myanmar isn’t the top picked tourist destination in travel catalogues. With images of the city being slim to non-existent in my head, I…

Astri is in love with Myanmar: Hoping the tourists will return

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Entering the Sule Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Yangon, Myanmar, is overwhelming. The high-ceilinged lobby is adorned with intimidating columns and large armchairs. An excessive chandelier lights up the huge room. It bears a resemblance of colonial times. This is the place Norwegian Astri Hole Fredriksen has chosen for the interview. When she first visited Myanmar…