Scandinavians Rocked through the Night

The annual garden party organized by Scandinavian Society Siam was held at the Danish Embassy this Saturday. Meet some of the people who joined the event and hear what they think is the best about living in Bangkok.

Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

While caviar crème, piano music and champagne set the scene Saturday night in the garden of the Recidence of the Danish Ambassador. Rock ’n’ roll, sweaty dance moves and free flow of beer quickly took over. The garden party was organized by Scandinavian Society Siam.

Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

An easy life
Berit and her husband are from Sweden. They have lived in Bangkok for 15 years.

“There are so much I love about Bangkok. I love the easy life down here, and I feel I can be a real lady,” Berit explains.

Kenneth and Berit Radencrantz with Ginny and Jan Eriksson, the President of the Swedish chamber. Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

Kenneth and Berit Radencrantz with Ginny and Jan Eriksson, the President of the Swedish chamber. Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

Ginny agrees. If there is something she is sad about, it is the internationalization of the city.

“I used to love to go shopping in all the local stores, but now everything has become so international. I miss the local stores,” she says.

From Vietnam to Bangkok
Helena Ahola and her husband were the only people representing Finland at the garden party this Saturday. They have been living in Bangkok for eight years now.

Helena Ahola and her husband are from Finland. Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

Helena Ahola and her husband are from Finland. Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

“The event is a good way to meet people and communicate. We have been to many events like this and other kind of events with Scandinavian Society Siam as well,” the Finnish couple tell.

Helena is head of development in the ministry. Her and her husband used to live in Vietnam, but eight years ago they moved to Bangkok.

“Bangkok feels very safe. And compared with Vietnam, people do not come up to you all the time to sell you things,” Helena explains.

What Helena loves most about Bangkok, is the food and the concerts, and she also has a passion for the theatre. Her husband agrees with her but adds to the list:

“I am a golfer,” he laughs.

Exercising every day
Nils Wickberg and Kirsten Kjelsås are from Sweden and Norway. Compared with many of the other guests, the couple only lived in Bangkok for one and a half year.

“I am the one who is working, my husband exercises,” Kirsten and her husband laughs.

Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

Nils Wickberg and Kirsten Kjelsås. Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

“We like the restaurants and that everything is so cheap and people are so nice,” Kirsten says.

Kirsten works at the Norwegian Embassy while her husband is retired.

“I go to the fitness centre everyday and after a little exercise, I jump into the pool,” Nils laughs.

Setting boundaries
Jakob Korslund used to work at the Danish Embassy. Now he started his own company with a friend. His wife Savija Pannark Korslund is one of the organizers of the garden party. While Jakob is from Denmark, Savija has roots from both Thailand and Denmark.

Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

Jakob Korslund and his wife Savija Pannark Korslund. Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

“In Bangkok you can do everything. You can go shopping in the middle of the night if you want. Only you are setting the boundaries,” Jakob says and adds that the party tonight is a great way to talk with people from many different job areas.

Tutti Frutti, all over rootie
The band got almost everyone on the dance floor with classics like Jailhouse Rock and Tutti Frutti.

Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

Photo: Louise Bihl Frandsen

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