“Where are you from?” is to give you the option to select across the Asian countries, that we cover, news of special relevance only to one Nordic nationality. E.g. if you wish to select only Swedish news, but regardless where in Asia, you should select “Sweden” in this menu.
“Where do you live?” is the other selection – here you pick any country on the list and then you will see news of relevance to people from all the Nordic countries but only in this Asian country.
Every now and then a curious readers asks us why we include Finland in Scandinavia. Doesn’t the Scandinavian countries include only Denmark, Sweden, Norway? To include also Finland – and Iceland by the way – should we not rather use the term “Nordic”?
They are, of course, right.
The explanation is our Thai heritage. From 1920 to 1952, the only association for Nordic people in Thailand was Dansk Samfund Siam. When eventually the association wanted to expand and serve also by name the other Nordic countries it chose the name Skandinavisk Samfund Siam. Initially, the activities arranged by Skandinavisk Samfund Siam was conducted in one of the home languages – except Finnish. But the Finns were welcome, because many of them spoke Swedish due to the historic relations and it felt natural to be joined in one social club, party together, play golf together, business network together.
In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s the common language in the Scandinavian Society Siam became English as more and more non-Nordic members joined. These members were typically spouses of Nordic members or corporate people in charge of Nordic companies. Eventually, each of the four Nordic countries established business associations in Thailand catering to business people only from their own nationality – but the social life continued to be enjoyed under the “Scandinavian” umbrella.
When ScandAsia expanded beyond the borders of Thailand, we took with us the “Scandinavian” term commonly used in Thailand to describe our core readers. By doing so, we are aware that we are twisting the term “Scandinavian” a bit. But for nostalgic reasons, we still keep it – and hope for your understanding.