Tag: norway

Southeast Asia’s ageing population: new markets for Scandinavian companies

Today, Southeast Asia is experiencing a boom in number of retirees, raising the demand for retirement homes and additional smart solutions in eldercare and related sectors. The UN estimates that by 2015, Southeast Asia will have 57 million people from 65 years-old and above, which is an increase of 430% from year 2000.This development can…

Norway’s FM attends ASEAN Meeting

From 24 to 26 July the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting took place in Vientiane, Laos. The meeting was attended by a range of foreign ministers from Southeast Asia, but also other regions of the world, including Norway, represented by Foreign Minister, Børge Brende. “The partnership with ASEAN is very positive for Norway,” Brende said ahead of…

Philippines: Ceasefire ahead of peacetalks in Norway

On 25 July, the Philippines newly elected President, Rodrigo Duterte, called for an unilateral ceasefire  between government forces and communist rebels, effective immiediately. The ceasefire was declared ahead of peace talks in Oslo from 20 to 27 August this year. The President proclaimed the ceasefire in his first ‘State Of the Nation Address’ before a joint Congress.…

Scandinavian women’s way to kickstart Monday: football!

Monday is typically associated with a lot of coffee, but women from Scandinavian Women’s Association in Singapore have found a healthier way to kickstart a new week: the answer is football. Each Monday evening, they will gather on the green football field and release endorphines, maintain a fit lifestyle and most important: make Monday more…

How Indonesians in Scandinavia manage fasting during Ramadhan

Usually summer solstice in Scandinavia equals an easy breezy long event, but the sunny day might be a challenge for some. Muslims living in the nordic regions will experience the longest Ramadhan in the last 33 years for Muslims, as the holy month coincides with summer solstice on June 20.   During Ramadhan, Muslims fast from dawn…

New reviews on opportunities in Indonesia for Norwegian businesses

Participants reviewed opportunities in Indonesia for business expansion and investment by Norwegian businesses in an Indonesian Business Discussion, initiated by the Indonesian Embassy in Oslo, Norway. The event is a follow up to the earlier bilateral meeting between the Indonesian and Norwegian Foreign Affairs Ministers in Jakarta on 30 May 2016, according to a press…

Beautiful Ivar Aasen topsides send-off before sailing away to Norway

For 3 years the Ivar Aasen topdeck project has been under construction in Singapore, and the platform deck for the Ivar Aasen project is now on its way to Norway after sailaway from the yard area in Singapore on Monday 6 June 2016. Finishing a project as giant as the Ivar Aasen topdeck deserved a…

Indonesia and Norway agree to cooperate over environment

On Tuesday 31 May 2016 Indonesian President Joko Widodo met with Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende to discuss the strengthening of bilateral ties between the two countries, including by cooperating together in several sectors such as the environment and the fisheries. According to Foreign Affairs Minister Retno LP Marsudi, Brende’s first trip to Indonesia was meant to…

Scandinavia ranked as more connecteced than Singapore

The new GfK Connected Consumer Index is a ranking of 78 countries and eight world regions that provides fast and direct comparison of how highly connected each population is. Of Scandinavian countries, Norway ranks highest, being number 4 of the most connected countries in the world in 2016, while Denmark and Sweden is in top 10.…

Ivar Aasen topsides ready to sail away from Singapore in May 2016

A Norwegian topsides platform is ready to be sent home to Norway from Singapore. In the beginning of June 2016, the topsides to Ivar Aasen will sail away to Trondheim, which will be marked with a huge official celebration on 24 May 2016 by oil company Det norske oljeselskap ASA (Det norske) beginning from early morning. The ceremony itself…