The latest news here in Sweden are about the closedown of SAAB and for most people it seemed to come as a chock, and it also shadowed the results of the climate meeting in Copenhagen (Denmark). When the outcome of the COP15 came to be a disappointment, the intensive reporting about the session stopped and instead, journalists rate the economy higher than the environment once again.
Of course, both Swedish economy and the unemployment rate will definitely get effected by the closure, but most of us did see this coming. And no company is formed to be able to survive centuries after centuries. I guess that is the cycle of economy and people seem to forget SAAB actally was a company that is dependent on people buying their cars. Swedes often tend to have a ’special and friendly relationship’ towards companies that heritage from Sweden. We’re fond of Swedish brands such as IKEA, Volvo, SAAB and Electrolux. For some the result of a company reaching bankruptcy is almost like losing a loved one or a friend.
I’m sure that the closedown of SAAB will not effect my life in a big way, I still have my job and I don’t think it will increase the taxes. The environment on the other hand will have an affect on how my life turn out to be, and it does that to everyone. Though I think that citizens have the right to big news immediately, I must wonder; Was it a bad timing that they went public about SAAB on the same date as the final day of the COP15?