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Problem between Malaysia, Norway in EFTA-trade talk

On 28 December 2018, A Kuala Lumpur government minister said that Norway’s plans to ban palm-based biodiesel from 2020 can be an obstacle in trade talks between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and Malaysia, according to Daily Times. “We view this as unfair and unjust, going against free and fair trade, and is certainly…

Scandinavian Christmas with full house

       The Scandinavian Christmas service in Christ Church in Bangkok was attended by close to 200 people who filled the church completely. It was the second time to celebrate Christmas in Bangkok for the Danish vicar Christa Lund Herum and the first time for the new Swedish vicar Erik Stenberg-Roos. Following the tradition, different parts of…

Tracing explosives in the Vietnamese soil

Many international aid organisations have left the old war-torn country infested with explosive remnants in favour of urgent cases. But one of the organisations still standing strong in Vietnam, is Norwegian People’s Aid with two Scandinavians in charge. By Jonas Boje Andersen and Lærke Weensgaard In a vast coastal area in the central and most…

Norwegian President of Mine Ban Treaty visited Thailand, Cambodia

From 10-14 December, the Norwegian President of the Mine Ban Treaty, H.E. Ambassador Hans Brattskar made an official visit to Thailand and Cambodia. During the visit, Mr Brattskar met with Thai and Cambodian mine action authorities and organisations, visited demining operations and met with landmine survivors. Land mines and other explosive remnants of war still…

Miss Universe 2018: The Philippines won, Nordics not in top 20

Catriona Gray from the Philippines took home the crown at the beauty contest Miss Universe, that took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 17 December. Contestants from the Nordic countries did not make it into top 20. Women from 94 countries competed to become Miss Universe 2018. Southeast Asia was well represented among the finalists with…

Indonesia-EFTA free trade deal

Indonesia has on 16 December signed a free trade deal with European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which Norway is a member of. The agreement will provide access for major export products to Indonesia, from fish and marine products, agricultural and food industry products such as cheese, chocolates and coffee, to industrial and technical products, according…

Nordic China Startup Night held in Shenzhen

A Nordic start up night in ‘China’s silicon Valley’ Shenzhen took place on 16 November, organised by Nordic China Startup Forum. ‘Nordic China Startup Night – Lets Connect the World’s Two Best Startup Scenes’ was held at Beeplus in Futian, Shenzhen. Nordic tech start-ups and businesses got to explore business opportunities and investments in Greater…

First Nordic Asia Christmas Festival held in Singapore

On 3 – 9 December, the very first Nordic Asia Christmas Festival took place at Millenia walk in Singapore. The festival was opened by the Swedish Ambassador Mr. Niclas Kvarnström, Finnish Ambassador Ms. Paula Parviainen and Chief Representative Officer at Enterprise Estonia Singapore Ms. Kristel Alve, according to the Embassy of Sweden in Singapore. At…

Norwegian Church in Singapore: Young dynamic priest-family takes over

At the Norwegian Seamen’s Church in Singapore, a new adventure has started for the newly appointed priest and his family. His vision is to give Norwegian expats with a changeable daily life a solid and steady community in the church. On top of a little mountain looking over the impressive and gigantic container port of…

Chinese built bridge in Norway opened for traffic

Norway’s second largest bridge, Hålogaland Bridge, opened on 9 december. Chinese company Sichuan Road and Bridge Group delivered the steel constructions and was responsible for the mounting of the bridge, according to Life in Norway. Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg cut the ribbon on the Hålogaland Bridge and despite cold weather, many locals came out…