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Scandinavian Prime Ministers arrived Thailand

Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Persson, Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik and Finnish Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen arrived in Bangkok in the afternoon of 16 January 2005.       The three were due to receive a warm welcome by Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and to attend a royal audience with King Bhumibol Adulyadej before visiting…

Day 14—reaching the unreachable

8.01.05 16.24 The Swedish police has announced that it predicts the amount of Swedish victims to rise. Presently 637 Swedes have been confirmed to be missing. However the missing list contains more than 1900 names.      The official death toll following the Tsunami is now 52. 8.01.05 16.20 The first Finnish body which has been pre-identified…

Day 13 — Search Continues, Rescuing Politicians

7.01.05 18:55 “Swedish Ambassador Jonas Hafstrom rejects the criticism from Swedish Foreign Minister Laila Freivalds. In an interview with Dagens Nyheter, Jonas Hafstrom, Swedish Ambassador in Thailand explaines how the embassy in Bangkok had recently established a new plan in the scenario of a terrorist attack against Swedes in Thailand. But the embassy had no…

Day 12 — good news among the bad news

06.01.05 13.47 Five of the 16 Norwegians, which were initially confirmed dead, have turned out not to be Norwegians. Health Minister Ansgar Gabrielsen explained yesterday, that the initial list was based on information from the authorities in Thailand who must have made errors in when keying in the data in the computer system.      The Norwegian…

Day 10 — the long haul

04.01.05 20.35 In Khao Lak, some 100 km north of Phuket, where the disaster struck hard, clearing of rubble of hotels and private hotels go on.      But life in Phuket is fast returning to normal, reports Asger Westh of the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten.      “Speedboats, yachts and tourists swimming in the sea again enjoy Patong Beach,”…

Day 9 — back home and in Thailand

03.01.05 07.01 Based on the information below from the four Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, the worst case death toll of Nordic citizens could be a total of 3.708 persons.      Denmark: around 200 persons      Finland: 193 persons.      Norway: around 400 persons (awaiting revised list today)      Sweden: 2915 persons      Iceland: 0 persons      Thai…

Day 7 — search goes on for known and unknown

02.01.05 02.50 Among the Nordic countries, so far only Finland has made the list of its missing citizens public. With a good result (see below).      As for the other countries, the official Thailand has published lists of probaly less than accurate nature than what the Scandinavian authorities could have provided – but they are so…

How to search the Thai websites

Start your search on the English language portal      http://www.thaitsunami.com/person/search.php Another English language search site with sometimes similar, sometimes additional results is:      http://www.missingpersons.or.th/index.en.html On the following site, you can only select your country. The sults are a mix of English and Thai language:      http://203.113.86.240/phuket/search.php or      http://203.113.86.240/phuket/listbycountry.php On the follwing link another compilation of data from the…

Day 6 — fading hope

31.12.04 19.40 Norwegian ambassador to Thailand, Ragne Birte Lund cried as she spoke at a commemorative sermon held in the Scandinavian Church in Bangkok this evening. The Ambassador read a telegram from King Harald of Norway but was so overwhelmed with emotions that she had to stop and dry her tears before she could continue.…