Nordic countries taking the lead in renewable energy for transport

driving-sustElectricity and biofuels are quickly changing the way people power their cars while also having a positive effect on people’s finances and the environment. The leadership role of the Nordic countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Finland in this field are highlighted at the upcoming Driving Sustainability conference in Reykjavík in September.

In Norway, over three thousand electric cars are on the road. Government policy dictates that charging their batteries is free of charge, zero emissions EVs get free parking, can drive on bus lanes in the city, get free rides on state run ferries (there are a lot of them in Norway) and there is no VAT on electric cars in Norway, so they’re reasonably priced. ‘Think’ is the leading producer of competitive electric city cars in the world. In addition, Norway produces the tiny Buddy EV electric car. Continue reading

INSPIRED by China. — NOT “made in China”

For their most recent collection, the Norwegian company OLEANA looked to China for inspiration – an ancient culture with strong design and ornamentation traditions that has left its mark on the west from as long ago as the early Viking explorations.

OLEANA gathers new inspiration along the silk route and then takes it back home to Norway where their production is made in a small factory close to Bergen, by a crew of 60 highly skilled and respected workers. Oleana sets an example for sustainable clothing production and ethical business practices. Continue reading

Icelandair commences flights to Stavanger in Norway

birkir-og-borgarstjoriIcelandair, the airline connecting Europe and North America through Iceland, began its new Stavanger to Reykjavik route today. This means Stavanger now has good value and easy connections to seven top cities in the USA and Canada – as well as to Iceland itself.

Today, Icelandair began its new twice-weekly flights to Stavanger from Reykjavik. To celebrate the event, the Mayor of Stavanger, Leif Johan Sevland and the Director of Stavanger Airport, Leif Lorintzen welcomed Birkir Holm Gudnason, Icelandair CEO, and other passengers at a reception ceremony in Stavanger.

Icelandair operates a daily service to the Norwegian capital, Oslo, and has dome for many years. The airline also started flights to Bergen on the west coast of Norway two years ago. This summer there will be daily flights from Oslo, four times a week from Bergen and two times a week from Stavanger.

“The Icelandair business idea is to use the geographical location of Iceland between North America and Northern Europe for profitable airline operations,” Icelandair CEO Birkir Holm Gudnason says, pointing out the potential of the increased services to Norway.

“These west Norwegian communities, Bergen and Stavanger, each have a similar population to Iceland, they have strong economies and highly developed tourism, especially in the cruise business. There are also strong historical and social ties between Iceland and this area, and a large number of Icelanders live there. This fits our model and strategy. We are confident that we can build up a very convenient service with sales in all our markets – in North America, in Iceland and in Norway. Icelandair can now offer quite superior connections to and from the region and North America,” he continued.

Icelandair is Iceland’s biggest airline and offers passengers flights between 18 European cities and Iceland – with quick and convenient connections on to North America. The airline even offers travellers the chance to stay in Iceland for a few days at no extra cost.

Icelandair’s newly redesigned planes offer a high tech and comfortable twist to the North Atlantic’s best value airline.

More details about flights to Stavanger and all other Icelandair destinations are available at www.icelandair.com

New exhilarating expedition cruises from G.A.P Adventures

G.A.P Adventures, the world’s leading adventure travel company, has launched its range of Expedition cruises with the purchase of the M/S Expedition. Newly refitted, the M/S Expedition will be plying the waters from April 2009 offering a new and comfortable experience in Expedition cruising which will thrill the adventurer in every traveller. To celebrate the new ship, G.A.P Adventures is also pleased to offer travellers 200 GBP off all new Expedition 2009 trips booked by December 15, 2008 for all departures from April to September 2009.

At 105 metres (345 ft) in length and with a top speed of 16 knots, the new M/S Expedition can accommodate up to 120 passengers, allowing for a unique way of exploring the Polar regions. Also, state-of-the-art stabilizers will ensure as smooth a ride as possible. Guests will have the choice of different categories of cabins ranging from triples to suites, each featuring outside facing portholes or windows. Besides special amenities such as a pub, a fitness centre and a sauna, the ship will boast multiple viewing areas – including a large 360-degree observation deck for wildlife spotting.

“G.A.P Adventures is proud to announce a new line-up of expeditions to some of the most mesmerizing corners of the world including Antarctica, the Azores, the Arctic and around the British Isles,” says Bruce Poon Tip, CEO of G.A.P Adventures. “As each voyage is equipped with a superb team of onboard experts in marine biology, history and geology, we can not only ensure exceptional value for money but also an insightful and unforgettable experience for all travellers.” Continue reading

Glitnir Securities International Seafood Conference In Oslo

glitnir-banner.jpgGlitnir Securities, part of Glitnir Markets, the 2nd largest equity broker in the Nordic countries, is hosting the second annual International Seafood Conference in Oslo on 27 May. The conference attracts speakers and participants from prominent players in the seafood industry, among them Aker Seafood, Norway Pelagic, Copeinca, Grieg Seafood, Marine Harvest and several others.

Prior to the main event, we have the pleasure of inviting media representatives to a luncheon t o ensure extra service for the press, where you will get the opportunity to get an insight into Glitnir Securities’ activities within the seafood sector. We will also give you a pre-brief on some of the companies you will meet at the conference the next day . Please see the conference programme as of today enclosed via this link. Several of the companies will present themselves for the first time in Norway.

1. AGENDA – MONDAY 26th of May (Venue: Glitnir Securities, Haakon VII’s gate 10 (7th floor)

11.00 Short press briefing Welcome by Karl Otto Eidem, Managing Director at Glitnir Securities, Kjartan Olafsson, Global Seafood Director, and Bjorn Richard Johansen, Managing Director for Glitnir’s Global Corporate Communication

11:20 Brief and update on the seafood industry + brief about the conference By Henning Lund, Equity Research, Glitnir Securities
12:30 Luncheon concludes

2. AGENDA – TUESDAY 27th of May (Venue: Grand Hotel, Karl Johansgate 31, Oslo. See conference programme

3. Registration and further information: Please confirm your attendance via e-mail to christine.slotsvik@glitnir.no By Friday 23 May at 2 PM CET.

4. Interview booking – conference organisers and speakers For further information or pre-agreement for interviews or other media services, please contact Bjorn Richard Johansen, Managing Director, Corporate Communication in Glitnir by email brj@glitnir.no or via mobile: +47-47 800 100.

On behalf of Glitnir and Glitnir Securities

Yours Sincerely, Bjorn Richard Johansen Managing Director, Corporate Communication

About Glitnir Bank: Glitnir is a Nordic bank, with headquarters in Iceland and operations in ten countries. Our home markets are Iceland and Norway, where we offer a broad range of financial services, including corporate banking, investment banking, capital markets, investment management and retail banking. Outside of our home markets we have operations in Finland, Sweden, UK, Luxembourg, US, Canada, China and Russia. We will furthermore open an office in India in the second half of 2008. Our international expansion is mainly driven by two specialised industry sectors – seafood and sustainable energy – in which we have developed significant industry expertise built on our Icelandic and Norwegian heritage. Our shares are listed on NasdaqOMX in Iceland under the symbol GLB. For more information: www.glitnirbank.com