It is my pleasure to welcome you all to a new and busy season in Singapore - whether you have been back home on a summer break or have recently relocated to Singapore. If you have just arrived in Singapore, ready to explore this country and the region, you will appreciate the many opportunities to connect and socialize. My husband Erik, our three children, as well as I are very happy to be here. A lot can be said about the climate in Singapore, but we came from Brussels, and certainly find this to be a positive change! I am very pleased to take up my duties as the Norwegian Ambassador to Singapore, and look forward to seeing all of you at various events in the months and years to come.
There are a number of exciting events coming up, which will give us all an opportunity to connect and will allow the community to come together. The Seamen’s Mission invites all of you to a “New in Singapore” event on Saturday 9 September. If you are new, you should definitely be there. And if you are a veteran in this country already, the newly arrived will certainly enjoy a chance to chat with you!
There will also be a ScandBizBar 7 September, read more through the link below. Moreover, we would like to see as many as possible of you at the annual NBAS/Embassy BBQ and Beach Party at beautiful Sentosa on 22 September – this truly is a not to be missed event!
From beaches to glaciers: Friday 29 September promises to be a rewarding day for everyone with a keen interest in the High North and the Arctic – or for those who simply wonder why developments in the High North is of relevance to this region. Countries such as Singapore, China, India, Japan, South Korea have all realized the relevance of the Arctic, and have become observer states in the Arctic Council. On 29 September, the international branch of the renowned “Arctic Frontiers” conference, which takes place in Tromsø every January, visits Singapore. There will be an impressive list of speakers and panelists, both from Norway and Singapore. In addition, Specialist Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Jan-Gunnar Winther, will hold a public lecture at the National Library, titled Why Arctic Climate Change matters to Singapore. Sign up for the event before it is too late!
Lastly, in just four weeks, on Friday 6 October, Norwegian chess World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will visit Singapore. NBAS is inviting to a night with Magnus. Those signing up may request to play - or simply to watch while enjoying a night of socializing and networking. Prepare to be impressed!
Finally, allow me to thank all of you who voted in the coming parliamentary election through the Embassy. There is only one thing left to say – Godt valg!