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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Optimism in Sweden

The Swedish ICT industry is booming again, with high-tech companies recruiting and firms in all sectors looking to invest profits in new high-tech solutions to the questions of tomorrow. Business Week says Stockholm has shown the international community how to succeed in the knowledge economy, serving as a base for major companies and technology universities and offering "a vibrant urban environment that lures young talent."

I was looking for news about the 100 000 to 200 000 jobs that will be outsourced from Sweden in the coming years. But found instead this information that the ICT industry is booming again in Sweden.

But there is more to Sweden than ICT. Ikea is still going strong and employs 90 000 persons around the globe.
Ikea's offices are still in Almhult, at the site of the first store. The founder and owner of Ikea, Ingvar Kamprad, is 79 years old. He isn't active on a day-to-day basis but still functions as an important PR figure and company icon at Store openings and sales training meetings.
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