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All set for Nordic Crayfish Party in Vietnam

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For the 20th time the Nordic Business Community in Ho Chi Minh are hosting an annual Crayfish Party on Saturday 28 September 2019 from 18:00 – 22:00. Crayfish has been imported for the event and will be prepared ‘Swedish style’. Attendees can also look forward to a free flow of Carlsberg, Norwegian Linie Aquavit and…

Norway to assist safe return of Rohingyas

rohingua refugees myanmar bangladesh

Norway is ready to assist in efforts to return Rohingyas to their homes in the province of Rakhine State in Western Myanmar, after thousands have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh. Sidsel Bleken, Norwegian ambassador to Bangladesh, told the news media New Age Bangladesh that Norway will join global efforts in a safe and voluntary return of…

Coming up: Official opening and blessing of new Norwegian Church in Pattaya

The new Norwegian Church in Pattaya will officially be inaugurated and blessed on Thursday 5 September 2019. The program starts at 12.00 with speeches and reading of greetings from overseas. Around 13.00 the consecration Christ service will start presided over by Ørnulf Steen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Seamen’s Church.   After the service there…

Chinese-born girl allegedly killed by Norwegian stepbrother

A 17-year-old Chinese-born woman was killed on Saturday 10 August 2019 by her 21-year-old stepbrother, Norwegian police believes. The police found the lifeless body of Johanne Zhangjia Ihle-Hansen in the family’s home in Bærum after arresting the young woman’s stepbrother, Philip Manshaus in a mosque. The arrest was made after the suspect launched an attack…

Concern about China’s presence in the Arctic

A melting glacier in the Arctic.

As global warming is upon us and the ice is melting in both the north and south, water areas in the Arctic which were previously inaccessible are now free to explore. An opportunity China is utilising according to the American news media CNBC. Meanwhile, the Northatlantic defence alliance, NATO, isn’t too keen on the recent…

Thai tourism to focus on Nordic visitors

Thai Tourism to focus on Nordic visitors

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has set up a project called “Bringing New Shades of Thailand to Nordic Travellers” which is targeting tourists from the Nordic countries, writes The Nation. TAT governor Yuthasak Supasorn and director of the TAT office in Stockholm Eurblarp Sriphiromya are piloting the project covering the four countries, namely Sweden,…

EU ban on palm oil could keep Telenor out of Indonesia

Telenor Axiata merger in Indonesia

Norwegian telecommunication giant Telenor Group is trying to enter the Indonesian market by merging with the Indonesian company Axiata. Axiata holds 66.4 percent of the shares in PT XL Axiata Tbk which is the second largest mobile telecommunications company in Indonesia. Not so fast, says Indonesia’s Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Rudiantara. The EU parliament…

Check how to vote for upcoming Norwegian elections

Even though you don’t live in Norway, your democratic right to vote for the municipal and regional elections on 9 September 2019 are intact if you’re a Norwegian citizen. However, you will not receive an election document in your mailbox with information on where to vote. Instead, you have to seek out a Norwegian embassy,…

Changes in Norwegian visa process: Higher price and longer wait

As of 6 August 2019 Vietnamese visa applications for Norway will no longer be handled in Vietnam. The same changes apply for Philippine applicants as of 5 August 2019. Instead, the applications will be sent to the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok. Applicants will have to apply via VFS Global in either Vietnam or the Philippines…