Newsletter August 2021

| Shanghai

We have not only had a warm summer in Shanghai, but also a windy and rainy one, as the typhoon In-Fa made its landfall to eastern China last week. A recent outbreak of Covid-19 in China has led to an uptick in cases in several provinces. We see varying levels of safety measures being implemented in several regions, also in Shanghai. The Consulate General would like to remind everyone to take their precautions, and to pay close attention to the regulations issued by Chinese authorities.

As we enter August, it means a new working year approaching for some, and a new school year for others. For the Consulate General it means more upcoming activities, that you can read about in the newsletter below.

Covid-19 update
We are seeing an uptick in Covid-19 cases in China. The recent outbreak, reported to have originated from an international flight arriving Nanjing, is said to be caused by the more contagious Delta variant. With several provinces reporting new local cases, some regions have been classified as medium or high-risk areas. As a result, travel restrictions and other local regulations can be implemented or changed, on very short notice. The Consulate General would like to encourage everyone to take precautions and pay close attention to the regulations issued by Chinese authorities.

Travel to Norway - easing of entry restrictions
To limit the number of imported cases of COVID-19, Norway continues to have entry restrictions. However, the infection situation means that certain measures can be eased. You can read more about current rules and who is entitled to travel to Norway at present in this link: Travel to Norway

Questions and answers regarding entry to Norway can be found here: Questions and answers

Persons with a right to enter Norway must familiarise themselves with the rules relating to quarantine upon entry, testing and pre-arrival registration.

Only COVID Certificates that are connected to the EU’s solution may be used as proof of vaccine. An overview of which countries this applies to is available on the European Commission’s website:

EU Digital COVID Certificate | European Commission (europa.eu)

Stortings- og sametingsvalget 2021

Husk at du kan forhåndsstemme ved generalkonsulatet i Shanghai fra torsdag 1.juli til og med fredag 3. september.

Du finner mer informasjon om hvordan du forhåndsstemmer på konsulatets hjemmeside.

Foreign students allowed to enter Norway from 1 August
The Government has decided that foreign students will be exempt from the restrictions on entry from 1 August. This means that foreign students who have been admitted to a study programme at a Norwegian school or higher education institution, will be able to come to Norway as planned.

Chinese students have not been able to enter Norway since the Government introduced stringent restrictions on entry with effect from 29 January 2021. The ease in the entry restrictions means that Chinese students going to Norway to study this autumn semester, can go as planned. The Consulate General in Shanghai has processed and issued granted student visas as normal, since the entry restrictions were eased.

Link to the press release can be found here.

Nordic PRIDE film screening in Shanghai 21 August
The four Nordic (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden) Consulates General in Shanghai will host the annual Nordic PRIDE film screening event on 21 August, at the Danish Consulate General in Shanghai. Nordic films focusing on LGBTQ will be screened followed by a panel discussion joined by local community members. From Norway, the documentary Hello World! will be shown for the first time in China. In the documentary, Hello World is a coming-of-age story told by four gay kids, becoming teenagers.  

Seats are limited and available by registration. More information on how to sign up will be shared at the Consulate’s Weibo and Instagram, so stay tuned!

Norwegian Kubb at Shanghai Book Fair 11 – 17 August

The Norwegian illustrator Åshild Kanstad Johnsen’s book series Kubb will be promoted at the Shanghai Book Fair in August. The book series are published by Beijing Caterpillar Books (毛毛虫童书) and are available online. Feel free to drop by to watch the video of Åshild and read the little stories about Kubb from Norway!

You can find more information about the book fair (In Chinese) here:
Shanghai Book Fair

12th of August: Trip to Lin-gang Special Area Marine Hi-Tech Innovation Park
NBA is pleased to invite you to join the half-day tour to Lin-gang Special Area Marine Hi-Tech Innovation Park on 12 August. The half day trip involves a site visit to SWS offshore, a guided tour around the Innovation Park area, and a presentation of the latest insights on Green Maritime, by Norwegian and Chinese corporations. Limited seats on a first reserve first served basis.

Date and time: 13:00-20:30, 12 August
Price: Free for NBA Members / RMB 450 for non-members
Meeting point for the bus to Lin-gang:

  • 13:00 Meet at the Bund Center – 222 Yanan East Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai 上海市黄浦区外滩街道延安东路222号外滩中心
  • 13:30 Departure by bus from Bund Center

More information and how to register, is available on NBA’s webpage here.

26th of August: NBA Dinner Event: Sustainable Life is Sweet

NBA is delighted to invite two speakers from  Orkla and VGAN respectively who will bring the Sustainable Life is Sweet Concept to NBA’s members and guests.

Date and time: 18:00-21:00, 26 August
Price: Free for members; RMB 600 for non-members/public audience (limited tickets)
Address: Ballroom, 3F, 88 Songshan Road, Huangpu, Shanghai
Registration: Please register via the NBA’s webpage by August 21st.

More information and how to sign up, is available on NBA’s webpage here.

Norwegian Seafood Council retail promotion

The Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) is conducting retail promotions in 6 Hema fresh stores, 2 Hema Max stores, and 2 City’super stores from 14 July to 15 August. Chefs will demonstrate how to cook Norwegian mackerel and Arctic cod and will provide sample tastings. Customers will receive a shopping bag with the iconic “Seafood from Norway” mark on, which guarantees the origins of seafood from Norway. The “Seafood from Norway” design is meant to trigger associations of Norwegian mountains reflected in the ocean, and the horizon binding them together.

Previous highlights:

Norwegian performing arts and music show on WeChat Channel

In the end of July, the Consulate General hosted a Norway Cool-gathering for the Chinese performing arts and music industries. Trailers of several Norwegian performers and companies were introduced. The videos are already available on the social media WeChat Channel. You can search: 挪威表演艺术中心, to check out the updated productions, concerts, and performances from Norway!

For more entertaining photos from the show, check our Instagram account here!

YSI Earthpreneur Day 26 July

26 July Consul General Lise Nordgaard took part in inaugurating the Young Sustainable Impact (YSI) China’s Earthpreneur Day. The event, held at Shanghai Penta Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute, was part of YSI China’s four-day long 2021 Reset – Rebirth Conference. The conference focused on how young entrepreneurs can contribute through start-ups and innovative solutions, in order to reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

You can see more from the Earthpreneur Day on our LinkedIn page here.

BI Norwegian Business School and Fudan University 25th anniversary

17 July BI Norwegian Business School and Fudan University marked the 25th anniversary of the BI-Fudan MBA Program. Representatives from educational institutions, corporations and alumni were present. Consul Torben Sveaass Kalland participated on behalf of the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai.

The BI-Fudan MBA program welcomed its first students in 1996, one year after the Nordic center was founded in Shanghai at Fudan University. BI became the first educational institution in the world to have an international MBA recognized in China, and the partnership between BI and Fudan University’s School of Management was the first of its kind between a Chinese university and a Western institution of higher education. More than 2,800 students have so far taken their MBA degree through the programme.

The anniversary was shared on our Linkedin page, that you can find in this link.

Red King Crab from Norway inspires chefs in China

Norway’s cold and clear waters offer perfect conditions for shellfish. Recently, the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) visited top restaurants in Shanghai to discover how the freshly arrived Red King Crab from Norway inspires Western and Chinese chefs to create delicious dishes.

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Weibo: 挪威驻上海总领事馆

LinkedIn: Royal Norwegian Consulate General in Shanghai

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