Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam have little money to fight drugs

Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are expected to face serious setbacks in their battle against drug crimes due to financial constraints brought on by weakened economies, Swedish expert warns. Mr. Yngve Danling, a Swedish Bangkok-based official with the regional office of the United Nations Drug Control Programme (UNDCP), which oversees East Asia and the Pacific,…

Swedish State Visit to Thailand in February

HM King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and HM Queen Silvia will arrive for a State Visit to Thailand on 25 February 2003. According to the current plans for the visit, Their Majesties King Carl Gustav and Queen Silvia will on their day of arrival be accommodated at the Boromabiman Mansion in the compound of…

Swedish supported educational project in Laos moves forward

A programme supported by a grant from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to improve Laotion school textbooks, provide educational equipment and upgrade the qualifications of teachers and administrators is moving moving into its second phase. Speaking at a November 11-13 workshop to launch the second phase, Education Minister Phimmason Leuangkhamma said the second phase…

Swedish-Thai ice hockey player to the top

Likit Andersson may become the first Thai to make it into the premier league of Swedish ice hockey, “Elitserien” in Swedish. Likit, who is negotiating a deal with the classic team Brynas from Gavle, came to Sweden at age six when his mother married a Swedish man. Young Likit soon took a liking to ice…

Sweden ranks fifth in World Scout Jamboree in Thailand

The 20th World Scout Jamboree in Sattahib, Thailand, set to open on December 28, will have a Swedish participation of 564 scouts. This is the fifth largest number of participants and far more than the participants from any of the other Nordic countries. The Swedish participants will arrive Thailand mid December. HM King Carl XVI…

Norwegian Minister leads Scandinavian Church renovation

The Scandinvian Church on Sukhumvit Soi 33 was during the month of June renovated by a group of volunteers from the congregation under the guidance of the Norwegian Minister Gro Haaversen Barth. Apart from Gro and her husband Magne, the volunteers included Haldor Sandtorv, Anders Fossberg, Bodil and Jan Evensen, Robert Kronberg, Kjersti Mathiesen and the Thai staff…

Norway praised for mine clearing support

Norway was praised for its contribution to clear landmines in Thailand in an editorial carried in Bangkok Post on October 26, 2002. Estimates vary as to the number of Thai civilians who are severely maimed and crippled each year by land mines, but the most conservative figure is 3,500 people. The editorial welcomed a proposal…

Philipino nurses popular in Norway

An increasing number of Philopino nurses have over the past few years moved to work in Norway, where the demand for nurses exceed the supply with some 5,500 nurses. Generally, the Philipino nurses are popular because of their dedication, charm and attitude to working long hours when needed. Within January to August of this year…

Norway Funds Vietnam $2 Mln for Fishery Development

Norway has pledged to grant Vietnam 17 million Norwegian crowns, or around $2 million, in non-refundable aid for the second stage of the Study Improvement in the Seafood Research Institute 1 project, which began in 1998. The deal was signed by Deputy Fisheries Minister Nguyen Viet Thang and the Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam Per Stavnum…