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Bangkok Hospital expanding in the Scandinavian market

Nearly half the international patients of Bangkok Hospital are Scandinavians. Some are residents of Thailand while others are Scandinavians living in countries around the region.       For about one year, the hospital has had a Norwegian, Mrs. Kjersti Michaelsen as its Scandinavian coordinator. In May, Mrs. Michaelsen took maternity leave but during these months another…

Singapore removed from WHO’s list of SARS-hit areas

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already removed Singapore from the list of areas with recent local transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and no longer recommends exit screening of international travellers departing from the country.      WHO announced the good news a day ahead of the effective date May 31, which is 20 days…

Norwegian Priest in Singapore appointed new regional duties

Stein Vangen, the Norwegian pastor at the Norwegian Seamen’s Mission in Singapore since October 2002, will this autumn start in a full time job visiting the Norwegian communities in South East Asia.       Stein Vangen’s immediate territory will include Malaysia, Brunei, East Timor, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan. Possibly also Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, which…

Great Outdoors postpones Malaysia office

Danish Interior decoration company Great Outdoors headquartered in Aarhus Denmark has decided to postpone their plans for establishing an office in Kuala Lumpur. Among others because Vietnam has demanded a lot of the company’s attention, Managing Director Soren Thielke Pedersen explains.       “It should also be mentioned that the factories we work with are highly…

Viking Cup moved to September due to SARS

Viking Cup, the annual encounter of all Viking football teams from Asia, has been postponed this year to 25-28 September 2003 due to the uncertainties surrounding the SARS virus.       The defending champion, Singapore Vikings, are organizing this year’s competition which traditionally is held in the Easter weekend. This year due to the outbreak of…

Fredskorpset kickstarts first south–south exchange programme

Twenty young professionals within environmental journalism, fishfarming and seismic studies from nine Asian countries – including Vietnam, Cambodia and Lao PDR – participated in an introductory course in Bangkok to prepare themselves for the first south–south exchange programme of the new Norwegian Fredskorpset (Peace Corps).      This exchange programme is organized by Asia Pacific Forum of…

Jotun ready to pour more investment in Vietnam

Norwegian owned paint producer Jotun Paints Vietnam plans to invest additional US$5 million this year to expand its production facility and subsequently, its capacity to produce 10 million liters annually, up from its current 1.3 million liters.      The company will also this year diversify its products to include paints for residential housing. Currently, it offers…

SARS impact: key factor is time it takes

The Nordic diplomatic representations and the Nordic business associations in South East Asia were almost unanimous in their evaluation of the impact of SARS on the economic relations between their respective home countries and their current country of residence.      In a quick survey conducted by ScandAsia at the height of the crisis in April all…

Vietnam SARS free

Vietnam has been removed from the WHO list of countries hit by the mysterious pneumonia-like virus infection, SARS and the advice to avoidtravelling to Vietnam has been lifted.      Vietnam registered 68 SARS cases since the disease was discovered in late February. Five of these have died and 58 others have recovered fully and checked out…