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

Icelandair breaks tradition for cancer children

Icelandair’s Special Children Travel Fund recently gave around 100 children with cancer a dream day out in Sweden.

Nearly 100 Icelandic children suffering from cancer and their families were recently taken on a day trip to a theme park in Sweden by Icelandic national carrier Icelandair.

Thanks to Icelandair, the children were back home in Iceland the same evening after a memorable day out at Scandinavia’s biggest theme park.

Arriving in Gothenburg at 11 in the morning, it was off to Liseberg Amusement Park for a day of family fun, and then back on a flight to Iceland in time for bed.

The trip was funded by Icelandair’s Special Children Travel Fund and by the generosity of Icelandair staff and customers.

Since 2003, Icelandair has offered passengers the chance to contribute towards the company’s Special Children Fund. The fund gives seriously ill children and their families the chance to go on dream trips that they could otherwise not afford.

Usually the fund tries to help around 20 families go on extensive holidays to Florida and other Icelandair destinations each year. The day trip to Swden for 100 Icelandic families was a new and successful experiment.

All the Icelandair staff involved gave their time for free, so only the flights and entrance fees came from the Special Children Fund.

“It is precious for the children and their family to find that they are not fighting this alone. Many of these children just finished a cancer treatment or are still in a tough treatment. This kind of a trip gives them a change to think about something else than the illness for one day.” says Oskar Orn Gudbrandsson, manager of the Organisation for cancer sick children (SKB).

Icelandair is the biggest airline in Iceland, connecting Iceland with 24 destinations in Europe and North America.

For more information on flights to Iceland and the Special Children Travel Fund, visit www.icelandair.net

Nordic Investment Bank Straumur expands

Straumur has appointed Mats Ericsson, Executive Director of the Capital Market team, Peter Bengtsson, Sales Manager, Capital Market team and Peter Näslund, Head of Research. All three will be based in the recently opened Stockholm office.

The recruits are part of Straumur’s strategy to become the leading investment bank in Northern and Central Europe and to establish a strong local presence in Sweden. The Stockholm office will initially focus on trading and corporate finance, with the goal of building a full service local investment banking business focused on small and mid sized institutions and corporates.

Fredrik Sjöstrand, Straumur’s local Head in Stockholm, said: “We welcome Mats, Peter and Peter to the Straumur team. They all have the experience and local network required to rapidly build a successful business in Sweden.”

Mats Ericsson has already assumed his position and is responsible for building up a sales team with a focus on structured products. Mats has extensive experience from the structured products area, with a background at Swedbank and Handelsbanken. He holds a BA in Economics from Uppsala University.

Peter Bengtsson will take up his position on 1 February 2008. Peter will be a member of the sales team and report to Mats Ericsson. He was previously a Senior Sales Manager at Nordea Markets, Financial Advisory where he served small and mid sized clients. He holds a BA in Economics from Lund University, Sweden and an MSc from London Guildhall University.

Peter Näslund joined the bank on 21 January 2008 and is responsible for building up the Swedish equity research team. Peter has extensive experience from the Nordic equity markets and was previously the Global Head of Research at Kaupthing Bank. He holds a BA in Economics from Stockholm University.

For further information, please contact:
Rhiannedd Brooke, Head of International Media Relations
Corporate Communications
rhiannedd.brooke@straumur.net
+44 7885 997 580

Fujitsu lämnar bud på svenskt IT-tjänsteföretag

Fujitsu Services visar att de vill expandera ytterligare i Skandinavien med ett bud om övertagande av det svenska IT-tjänsteföretaget Mandator AB.

Stockholm / London (eNewsPR) 14 oktober 2007 – Fujitsu Services, ett av Europas ledande företag inom IT-tjänster, gav ett bud på 508 miljoner SEK ($78 miljoner) för svenska IT- tjänsteföretaget Mandator AB i måndags, 8 oktober.

Priset på 3 SEK kontant för varje aktie motsvarar en premie om 30 procent jämfört med den volymviktade betalkursen för Mandators aktier de senaste 10 handelsdagarna. Styrelsen för Mandator rekommenderar enhälligt aktieägare att acceptera erbjudandet genom uttalandet att förenandet “skulle ge Mandator ytterligare möjligheter for ökade intäkter och vinster genom Fujitsu Services etablerade internationella platform och kompletterande tjänst- och podukterbjudanden”.

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