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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff Writer, with CNA

EMPLOYMENT

Sweden eases permit rules

The Swedish Trade Council in Taipei has simplified the process for Taiwanese nationals applying for Swedish work permits. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Wednesday that Republic of China (ROC) passport holders applying for Swedish work permits can simply present a copy of an application approval letter, which the council would send to them via e-mail, when they go through Swedish customs. After entering Sweden, the letter holder then only needs to report to the Swedish Migration Board closest to his workplace to provide a photo and fingerprints to complete the application process, the ministry said, adding that the letter holder will receive the work permit on the spot. Before the change, ROC passport holders had to go through a lengthy application process that included a visit to the nearest visa application center in Hong Kong. The new process is outlined on the council’s Web site.

SCIENCE

University builds telescope

Construction of the nation’s largest telescope will be completed in 2016, boosting the nation’s astronomical observation capacity by at least 10 times, National Central University officials said earlier this week. The university is constructing the 2m optical telescope with financial support from the Ministry of Education and Delta Electronics Inc. The telescope’s four-color simultaneous imager will give more accurate color measurements and its fully depleted charge-coupled devices offer higher sensitivity, the officials said. It will be used to track and conduct follow-up observations on new discoveries made by the US-proposed Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System to search for celestial objects that might collide with Earth, they said.

CULTURE

Troupe to perform in Beijing

The famed Paper Windmill Theatre said yesterday it would stage its trademark children’s play Windmill Fantasia, in Beijing. The children’s musical will be shown at the National Grand Theater in Beijing tomorrow and Sunday as part of the 2011 Beijing International Children’s Theatre Festival, Paper Windmill Theatre director Jen Chien-cheng (任建誠) said. The group has been invited to perform in Beijing because it offers a unique experience combining drama and creativity that is rarely seen among Chinese performance groups, Jen said. Windmill Fantasia features selected acts from the troupe’s major productions.

INSURANCE

Monkey attacks covered

The Greater Kaohsiung Government announced on Wednesday that visitors attacked by monkeys while visiting scenic areas in the city would be able to claim compensation from the municipality starting next month. Formosan rock macaques, a protected species, have become pests, often harassing visitors for food at the Chaishan (柴山) area. Tourists who visit scenic areas such as Shoushan (壽山), Jinshi Lake (金獅湖), Chengcing Lake (澄清湖) and Cijin (旗津) are covered by a public accident liability insurance scheme with maximum coverage of NT$500,000. Only -accident-induced expenses are covered.

TRAVEL

Visa-waiver boosts EU travel

The inclusion of Republic of China (ROC) citizens in the EU visa-waiver program this year has boosted travel to Europe, industry insiders said. Since January when the visa waiver for 35 European countries took effect, travel agencies said they had seen a 5 percent to 10 percent increase in sales of European tours. Lion Travel manager Chou Wen-chuan (周文娟) said the visa-waiver program had led to interest in less traditionally popular European destinations such as Croatia. Another travel agency, Go Federal, said sales of its European railway packages had increased by 30 percent in the early half of this year. Tourism Bureau statistics showed that about 93,700 Taiwanese tourists visited Europe in the first five months of this year, a 7 percent jump from the same period last year. Chou said one of the factors contributing to the increase in travels to Europe was “marriage fever,” as more couples wed in the ROC’s centennial year.

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