Norwegian President of Mine Ban Treaty visited Thailand, Cambodia

From 10-14 December, the Norwegian President of the Mine Ban Treaty, H.E. Ambassador Hans Brattskar made an official visit to Thailand and Cambodia. During the visit, Mr Brattskar met with Thai and Cambodian mine action authorities and organisations, visited demining operations and met with landmine survivors. Land mines and other explosive remnants of war still…

UNICEF, Denmark collaborate to prevent malnutrition in Cambodia

On 17 December, UNICEF announced the launch of a new fish-based wafer snack called Nutrix, that can help to treat severe acute malnutrition in children in Cambodia. Nutrix is developed by UNICEF, the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), Copenhagen University (CU) and Danish Care Foods (DCF), in collaboration with the Royal Government…

Former TSCC President Kenneth Radencrantz dearly missed by Thailand community

With great sadness the Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce on 19 December informed the community of the passing away of its former President (2010-2014) Kenneth Radencrantz. “You are dearly missed by your friends here at the TSCC,” stated the news. He passed away on 29 November 2018. Born in 1935 in Skanör, Sweden, Kenneth lived and…

Miss Universe 2018: The Philippines won, Nordics not in top 20

Catriona Gray from the Philippines took home the crown at the beauty contest Miss Universe, that took place in Bangkok, Thailand on 17 December. Contestants from the Nordic countries did not make it into top 20. Women from 94 countries competed to become Miss Universe 2018. Southeast Asia was well represented among the finalists with…

Swedish Ambassador met with Thai human rights defender

Sweden’s Ambassador to Thailand, Staffan Herrström, met on 18 December with human rights defender Sutharee Wannasiri. During their conversation, Sutharee shared her view on the development of Thailand’s National Action Plan on business and human rights, initiated by a recommendation from Sweden during Thailand’s second Universal Periodic Review in May 2016. Furthermore, Sutharee also provided…

Indonesia-EFTA free trade deal

Indonesia has on 16 December signed a free trade deal with European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which Norway is a member of. The agreement will provide access for major export products to Indonesia, from fish and marine products, agricultural and food industry products such as cheese, chocolates and coffee, to industrial and technical products, according…

Norwegian mobile payment app to cooperate with Chinese app

Norwegian mobile payment app Vipps will cooperate with Chinese mobile payment app Alipay to open the system up for mobile payments by Chinese tourists visiting Norway. “Our cooperation with Alipay gives merchants unique opportunities to accept mobile payments by QR Code scanning by Chinese tourists, as well as marketing through the Alipay app,” said Berit…

Swedish Lucia Bangkok: photo expo, 150 years anniversary

Sweden’s Embassy in Bangkok, with Ambassador Staffan Herrström and his spouse Karin Herrström and the embassy team as hosts, on 13 December held a very special ‘Lucia’ Christmas celebration. It was a warm and jolly evening “to enjoy a tradition very close to the hearts of us Swedes” – to quote the Ambassador. Invited V.I.Ps,…

Swedish Gala Dinner Hong Kong

Swedcham Hong Kong and the Consulate General of Sweden in Hong Kong hosted the annual Gala Dinner at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center on 27 November. All guests enjoyed an amazing five-course dinner and entertainment inspired by Sweden and Hong Kong. The dinner was in connection with the visit of a high level delegation…