Question of the week #46 - Are we spamming you?

Published Wed / November 13 / 2013

Given that the weekly question concerns spam, one just has to love the irony in the situation: Due to extremely bad weather conditions on the local Internet, the sending of this message was interrupted yesterday.

My apologies to the few of you, who are now receiving this message for a second time.

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Question of the week #45 - The 3rd Plenum

Published Fri / November 8 / 2013

Dear member or stakeholder of the Finnish Business Council Shanghai,

This week's question was regarding the upcoming 3rd plenum and what it might be bringing with it. The analysis this week is a bit more condense as I am traveling in Northern-China.

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FBCS Salary Survey 2013 – Summary

Published Tue / November 5 / 2013

The Finnish Business Council has conducted a salary survey to find current salary levels, underlying trends and general benefits offered to employees.

The survey was conducted during September 11th - October 14th 2013 among members of the Finnish Business Council in Shanghai. The total number of respondents was 25. Here you can find the summary information of the report. The detailed portion of this report - which is only distributed among survey participants - also includes the salary levels in different functions.

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK #44 - Working in an international environment

Published Fri / November 1 / 2013

Dear member or stakeholder of the Finnish Business Council Shanghai,

This week I asked: working in an international environment - which issues frustrate you the most? As an educated guess I put forth a few options: regulation, culture, language, HQ, competition, personnel.

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Review: New Visa Regulations in China

Published Fri / October 25 / 2013

 

With the ever-changing visa regulations, the Nordic chambers decided that an event concerning this topic was of utmost importance. On Wednesday the 23rd of October, we were pleased to welcome nearly 70 participants to the Regal International East Asia Hotel to hear about the new regulations. Cory Lam, Assistant Manager for Operations at Dezan Shira & Associates’ Shanghai office and well as other notable speakers discussed how the new visa regulations affect those already in China, how foreigners can be legally employed, what the penalties for non-complience are and what the 5 year rule actually is. The presentation also concerned tax implications of seconding a foreign employee to a Chinese subsidiary. All in all the event was a good chance for participants to share experiences concerning visa-issues and gain an understanding of where China is headed with the new regulations.

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Report by Tekes: Sino-Finnish Paths to International Competitive Advantage

Published Fri / October 25 / 2013

On Friday the 18th of October, the Finnish Business Council organized a report-launching luncheon together with Booz&Co.

The scope of the report, conducted by Tekes (Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation), can be defined as follows.

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QUESTION OF THE WEEK #43 - Shanghai FTZ

Published Fri / October 25 / 2013

Dear member or stakeholder of the Finnish Business Council Shanghai,

The question of this week was concerning your view of the newly established Shanghai Free Trade Zone - will it influence your business in any way?

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Review: Tekes Report-launching Luncheon

Published Mon / October 21 / 2013

On Friday the 18th of October, FBCS together with Tekes, the Finnish Consulate and Booz & Co., was happy to welcome a great number of participants to a luncheon event where the latest findings in regards to Sino-Finnish paths of internationalization were discussed. The main emphasis was on why Finnish and Chinese companies need to pursue international expansion to secure their futures. Tony Tang and John Jullens from Booz & Co. described multiple real-world partner­ships between Western and Chinese companies and offered insight on the types of Finnish and Chinese companies that would make good partners. The participants came from a mixture of backgrounds and nationalities, making for interesting conversation after the presentation.

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