Category: Iceland

Concern about China’s presence in the Arctic

A melting glacier in the Arctic.

As global warming is upon us and the ice is melting in both the north and south, water areas in the Arctic which were previously inaccessible are now free to explore. An opportunity China is utilising according to the American news media CNBC. Meanwhile, the Northatlantic defence alliance, NATO, isn’t too keen on the recent…

Philippines may cut diplomatic relations to Iceland

Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, is “seriously considering” cutting diplomatic ties with Iceland, his spokesperson Salvador Panelo has reported. The reason is that Iceland on Thursday. July 4, filed a draft resolution that will push the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to call for concrete actions against the rising number of killings in…

Countries for and against China’s Xinjiang policies

Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Iceland and Finland signed on 8 July 2019, along with 17 other nations, a letter addressed to the president of the UN Human Rights Council and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights calling on China to end its massive detention program in Xinjiang. The letter expressed concern about “credible reports of…

China’s Artic goals examined by Norwegian Scholars

China’s goals in developing its influence in the Artic region is examined in an article on the website of the Arctic Institute – an independent organization headquartered in Washington, D.C with participation from all the Nordic countries, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. In later years, Arctic nations such as Denmark, Sweden and Norway have increasingly…

Singapore ranked world’s most powerful passports

The Henley Passport Index revealed on July 2 that the world’s most powerful passports goes to Japan and Singapore with a visa-free or visa-on-arrival score of 189. The highest spot among other Nordic countries goes to Finland who sits in 2nd place along with South Korea and Germany with an access to 187 destinations around…

Sigríður Ásdís Snævarr: Iceland’s new ambassador to Singapore

In May Iceland’s fourth ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Sigríður Ásdís Snævarr, handed over her credentials. This was also the fourth trip ever to the Southeast Asian hub by this very experienced diplomat. “We are now celebrating our twentieth anniversary of diplomatic relations,” the ambassador tells Dmelettronica, while in Singapore. Her return, versus the first visit…

Nordic people moving out of Thailand

The number of Nordic businesspeople in Thailand and the number of Nordic people on retirement visa or visa linked to their Thai family have been declining during the first five months of this year. This is the first decline in 12 years. If the trend continues, there will only be 861 Nordic people on a…