• Sweden edition
 

CEO gives board members a pornographic surprise

Published: 01 Jul 2009 08:15 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Jul 2009 08:15 GMT+02:00

Sixty-three-year-old Pär Nyberg, who leads the Kopparstaden municipal housing company in Falun, was in charge of managing the projector for a recent meeting of the company's board.

As chairman of the board Erich Colberg sat with his back toward the screen and prepared to kick off the meeting, Nyberg attempted to bring up the first slide.

But when the CEO pushed the button on his computer it wasn't the meeting’s agenda which appeared, but a picture of a naked woman, the Dalarnas Tidningar newspaper reports.

“When Pär got rid of the first picture, another one popped up. But the whole board was quiet so I didn’t see or notice anything,” Colberg told the newspaper.

“It was only after the meeting that everything came out.”

The incident prompted the board to call a special session during which it decided to issue Nyberg a formal warning and dock his pay.

“Pär Nyberg has clearly violated our IT-policy for which he has the utmost responsibility. He’s done something extremely stupid. But he promises that it will never happen again,” said Colberg.

Nyberg regrets the incident, but claimed that the pornographic pictures weren’t actually stored on his computer.

Rather, the images were website pop-ups which appeared while he was surfing for another website.

“I’m really sorry. It was a mistake that runs counter to all standards of morality,” Nyberg told Dalarnas Tidningar.

“But it’s not illegal. It wasn’t child porn or anything like that, but a naked woman.”

In the wake of the incident coming out in the media, the Kopparstaden board has also decided to review Nyberg’s side-activities to ensure that they do not adversely affect his ability to carry out his responsibilities as CEO.

With nearly 20 years on the job, Nyberg is generally thought of as a competent manager.

Nevertheless, some doubt whether or not he can continue after the pornographic mistake.

“His authority in the company and with outsiders has been severely damaged,” said Mikael Rosén, a member of the municipality’s local council.

“During working hours people should focus on their job. Surfing porn isn’t allowed, nor is visiting poker sites. I think everyone is aware of this. But it’s obvious that Pär Nyberg has broken the municipality’s rules.”

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

09:21 July 1, 2009 by RoyceD
I wonder where his pay that got docked ends up. And also, who are these people who are in charge of making huge decisions that affect how people live and they can't even download a plugin to stop pop ups??? Hardly reassuring.

PS - "prepared to kick [u]of[/u] the meeting,"
11:28 July 1, 2009 by sherkovic
hahahahahaha...a secret that was no more secret!! hahahaha
13:37 July 1, 2009 by Jenta
Is RoyceD trying to suggest that "kick off the meeting" should be changed to "kick of the meeting"? Because if so, that's wrong - "kick off the meeting" as it appears in the text is correct.
18:54 July 1, 2009 by potato man
Seems a bit harsh calling for his head after 20 years service! His crime - looking at a bit of tit on a slow tuesday. The nightmarish embarresment described surely is enough to ensure Pär will never stray from the righteous path again. Hilarious
20:01 July 1, 2009 by justanotherexpat
The most interesting bit of this article is RoyceD's laughable attempt to correct, seeminlgy, the journalist.......
23:47 July 3, 2009 by glamshek
Give more freedom ! This is the result of excessive freedom
Today's headlines
Stockholm Pride 2014
Stockholm Pride bars Sweden Democrats
Photos: Henrik Montgomery/Fredrik Persson/TT

Stockholm Pride bars Sweden Democrats

While a record number of ministers and party leaders will participate in the Stockholm Pride Parade this year, there are notable exceptions - including SD leader Jimmie Åkesson, who is not only 'uninterested' but banned. READ  

Gender neutral 'hen' enters dictionary
Soon 'hen' will be found on this page. Photo: The Local

Gender neutral 'hen' enters dictionary

The ever-controversial pronoun 'hen' has won its battle and is set to officially become part of the Swedish language. READ  

Pines, polska and magic: Urkult Music Festival
Photo: Danny Chapman/The Local

Pines, polska and magic: Urkult Music Festival

The Urkult music festival in northern Sweden may be less sex, drugs and rock'n'roll and more family fun, chai and polska dancing - but Danny Chapman says it’s one of the most magical Swedish experiences he has had. READ  

Presented by Stockholm Business Region
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
You want one of these. Photo: Skatteverket

Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm

When it comes to data-driven life, from daycare to healthcare, Sweden is in a league of its own. Above all, your personal number is the key that unlocks life in Stockholm. READ  

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån

In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week

All aboard! We're off to the island of Gotland for our Property of the Week - a home right in the heart of Medieval Visby. Whether you're looking to buy or dying to look - this is the place for you. READ  

Stockholm Pride 2014
Stockholm Pride glides into seventeenth year
Stockholm Pride. Photo: Erik Mårtensson/TT

Stockholm Pride glides into seventeenth year

The largest pride festival in Scandinavia is back for the 17th year in a row. The week promises to be packed with activities - and a glamorous opening gala with Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst. READ  

Preschool teacher arrested for child rape
Photo: Hasse Holmberg/TT

Preschool teacher arrested for child rape

A man has been arrested on the suspicion of raping a child at the preschool where he is employed. READ  

Police arrest 17 people after fatal shooting
Police at the scene. Photo: Niklas Luks/TT

Police arrest 17 people after fatal shooting

Seventeen people were arrested during the early hours of Tuesday after a man was shot dead in central Sweden. Several of the suspects were already known to the police for gang crimes. READ  

Cops find 15kg cocaine stash in woman's car

Cops find 15kg cocaine stash in woman's car

A 35-year-old woman faces charges for aggravated narcotic crimes after police found 15 kilogrammes of unusually high-concentrated cocaine in her car. READ  

Opinion
The top six ways the US and Sweden differ

The top six ways the US and Sweden differ

Back home in the US and with a solid Swedish stint under his belt, contributor Steven Schier has listed what he thinks are the six biggest differences between Sweden and the states. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Gallery
People-watching, June 26th - 28th. Get inside Stockholm's hottest nightclubs
Gallery
Top ten Swedish taboos
Society
Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
Politics
'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'
Blog updates

27 July

Approaching Stockholm (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I woke up in the comfort of my own little cabin on Eva and Rolf’s boat, it was 7:30am and I was feeling a bit groggy after a couple of beers with all the lovely locals the night before. The previous day had really taken its toll on my body and I was very stiff and..." READ »

 

24 July

Sharing our Pride: Celebrating Love & the LGBT Community! (Stockholm in my American Heart) »

"It’s mid- July in Stockholm, and with much of the city on vacation, things can seem a little quiet – the streets, the bus, and the grocery store. One thing that has not paused for a summer break, though, is preparation for Stockholm’s Pride Festival, which will take place from July 28 to August 2...." READ »

 
 
 
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Society
What's On in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching July 23
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Business & Money
Sweden falls to third in global innovation index
Society
Swedish ornithologists keep webcam watch
Photo: Andreas Nordström/Image Bank Sweden
Gallery
Top ten Swedish beach hot spots
Tech
Swedish Wiki vet sets new content record
Photo: Fastighetsbyrån
Lifestyle
In Pictures: The Local's Property of the Week
Photo: Finest.se
Gallery
People-watching July 15-16
Photo: Ola Ericson/Image Bank Sweden
Society
What's On in Sweden
Photo: Lisa Mikulski
National
Hope springs eternal for expat pet shop owner
Gallery
Princess Estelle steals limelight at mum's birthday
National
Swedes risk infants' lives by covering up prams
National
Swede runs for office just using Bitcoin funds
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

732
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se