THE NORDIC TECH SCENE
The Nordics are considered some of the most attractive countries to live and work in - they are the top 4 of the happiest nations in the world and three of them rank in top 10 most innovative countries. The region's tech scene is booming, with thousands of companies and startups investing in new technologies. The Nordics are traditionally known for the gaming industry but, in addition to that, most of the companies are increasing their investments in new technologies.
Here are a few facts about the countries where our offices are located:
Stockholm's tech scene is considered one of the leading ones and it is growing rapidly. One reason is Stockholm's startup scene - in 2017 Stockholm had the highest share of unicorns per capita, after Silicon Valley. In addition to that, 5 of the top 10 fastest growing companies in Europe came from Stockholm in 2017.
Game development and music technologies are one area for which the Swedes are known. Stockholm was ranked among the top clusters for game development and music technologies in Europe, and the world, by the Cluster Observatory.
The booming tech community and advanced manufacturing sector earned the title second best performing city in Europe for the city of Stockholm. The accolade acknowledges the opportunities for prosperity within the city and measures economic performance using “outcomes-based metrics including job creation, wage gains, manufacturing, and skilled service industry concentration.”
As a people, the Swedes are clearly examples of early adaptors and future pioneers. The smart-device penetration level in Sweden is 150% - the highest level in Europe. This means that there are 1,5 smart-devices for each citizen in Sweden.
Finland was ranked as the 10th most innovative country in the world by the Global Competitiveness Index in years 2017-2018.
New businesses are continuously emerging in the gaming, electronics, software, cleantech and health industries. The Finnish innovation environment is one of the best in the world according to international benchmarks.
About 3 % of all employed people in the country are working in research and development functions in Finland, the highest percentage in the world.
Finns are the happiest people in the world, according to UN's report.
And why wouldn't they be? Finland has free universities and public healthcare and it is also among the top 5 safest countries in the world.
According to Nordic Business Insider, Copenhagen could soon be the next startup city in Nordics. All the elements of a booming startup city are in Copenhagen: talented and ambitious founders, creative business models, talent, capital and entreprenial mindset.
Especially the greater Copenhagen area is a home to several innovation and test labs and experimental spaces where the goal is to enhance cooperation between startups, business and other partners.
When it comes to living, Copenhagen is the ultimate hipster paradise. Two districts of Copenhagen, Norrebro and Vesterbro, were listed in top 5 hippest neighborhoods of Europe by Travelsupermarket.
EXAMPLES OF NORTHERN OPPORTUNITIES
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