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Volvo to promote safer roads in Philippines

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The Swedish carmaker Volvo launches project in Philippines called Safe Roads for road safety. According to Carmudi Philippines, the program is part of Volvo’s vision of having no casualties or injured in new Volvos by 2020. The program involves raising road-safety awareness through visible road and traffic signage in Manila. The carmaker especially wishes to reach…

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…

Volvo sponsors Crayfish Party in Philippines

Volvo Philippines, the official distributor and dealer of Volvo cars in the Philippines, will sponsor the annual Crayfish Party, organised by the Nordic Chamber of Commerce (NordCham) in the Philippines in partnership with Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. The party will take place on 14 September 2019. (https://scandasia.com/philippines-calendar/) Apart from being a fun party based on…

Volvo identifies faulty engine part

Do you have a Volvo model S60, S80, S90, V40, V60, V70, V90, XC60 or XC90 with a 2-litre or 4-cylinder diesel engine produced between 2014 and 2019? Then you are one of 507,000 Volvo owners, who will receive a letter from Volvo, asking you to contact your local dealer for correction of a component…

Sweden and ASEAN discussion in Stockholm

Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade Ann Linde recently met with six ambassadors to Sweden representing each their ASEAN country. The envoys have organized themselves as Asean Committee in Stockholm (ACS). According to the website Business Mirror, the ACS is chaired by Ambassador of Indonesia to Sweden Bagas Hapsoro, and is composed of ambassadors from Indonesia,…

Philippines may cut diplomatic relations to Iceland

Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, is “seriously considering” cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, his spokesperson Salvador Panelo has reported. The reason is that Iceland on Thursday. July 4, filed a draft resolution that will push the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to call for concrete actions against the rising number of killings in…

Countries for and against China’s Xinjiang policies

Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Finland signed on 8 July 2019, along with 17 other nations, a letter addressed to the president of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calling on China to end its massive detention program in Xinjiang. The letter expressed concern about “credible reports of…

Philippines presidential spokesperson says Swedish ambassador should judge Duterte by his actions

Swedish Ambassador to the Philippines Harald Fries has been told by the President Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo, that while his criticism of the President for making a joke about rape of women was understandable, Harald Fries should look at the President’s actions, not his words. “The good Swedish envoy should judge the President, not by…

Singapore ranked world’s most powerful passports

The Henley Passport Index revealed on July 2 that the world’s most powerful passports goes to Japan and Singapore with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 189. The highest spot among other Nordic countries goes to Finland who sits in 2nd place along with South Korea and Germany with an access to 187 destinations around…