Category: International relations

Indonesia to launch rainforest scheme funded by Norway’s US$1 billion

A new agency to protect Indonesias rainforests is ready to begin work to implement a first of its kind environmental program. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono signed Presidential Regulation No. 62/2013 on August 31, 2013, entitled Managing Body for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD), concluding a process that took more than two years.…

Finland helps Beijing combat air pollution

A seminar was held in Beijing recently to discuss how to use Finland’s advanced technologies to help the capital city improve its air quality. The “Beautiful Beijing” Cleantech Cooperation Seminar focused on Beijing’s needs for clean technologies, as well as Finland’s expertise and solutions available in the four areas: energy production and use, industrial production,…

Norway’s investment in China welcome despite rows

A Norwegian bank’s investment in Chinese financial institution in December 2013 provided proof that China has no problem accepting cash from a country it has engaged in diplomatic dispute with, even one which faces serious accusation of meddling in its internal affairs. On 12 December 2013 Norges Bank Investment Management, Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, was…

Dalai Lama’s planned Norway visit draws Chinese ire

China’s Foreign Ministry expressed anger on 20 December 2013 at plans by the Dalai Lama to visit Norway, a country with which China already has strained ties following the awarding of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize to prominent Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. “China resolutely opposes any country receiving the Dalai Lama. China resolutely opposes any…

All Scandinavian nations, except Finland, spy for US

A newly-leaked document from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden confirms Denmark’s formal agreement to work with the US surveillance agency NSA. The document was revealed by Swedish television channel SVT as part of a documentary on Sweden’s participation in spying operations. Nine European countries – Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain…

Thailand reconsiders visa fee exemption for Scandinavians, others

Thailand’s Immigration Bureau will ask the Foreign Ministry to reconsider the decision to exempt visa fees for tourists and travelers from 17 countries, including Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Apart from Scandinavians, citizens of Australia, England, the United States, Germany, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, Israel, United Arab Emitrates, Spain and New Zealand also…

Denmark promotes children’s literature in Vietnam

The Danish Writers Association and Kim Dong Publishing House launched a 2013–2015 Writing for Children campaign in Hanoi on December 17. The campaign, part of a larger Vietnam-Denmark project supporting Vietnamese children’s literature, hopes to inspire Vietnamese children’s authors and illustrators as well as creativity within the genre more broadly. Addressing the launch ceremony, Danish…

Denmark’s US$42 million helped Vietnam reduce poverty

A Danish government-funded six-year programme, contributed to the reduction in average poverty rate in the five provinces of Vietnam from more than 25% in 2007 to 10 – 12%. The Embassy of Denmark announced on December 16 that it had successfully implemented the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Programme Support (ARD SPS) project worth US$42…