Travel companies consider seeking compensation

The earthquake in Asia has had a serious effect on Swedish charter tour companies.

Up to 250 million crowns has been lost according to an estimate made by Fons Brusselmans, MD of Apollo. The costs are due to cancelled trips and hiring aircraft to get tourists home from the areas affected.

Later this week companies are expected to make a decision as to whether they will demand compensation from the state.

Gothenburg car dealer sells Cadillac

It looks like GM may begin production of the luxury car Cadillac at Saab Automobile’s plant in Trollhättan. DI reports that in terms of selling the car, Hedin Bil in Gothenburg has been enlisted.

A new Swedish subsidiary Cadillac Sweden has been established to capture the market, and some 13 dealers have been recruited around the country. Hedin Bil is Sweden’s largest Mercedes dealer, and MD Anders Hedin estimates that turnover this year will increase by half a billion crowns to 2 billion.

Atlas Copco buys Danish company

Engineering group Atlas Copco has signed an agreement to buy the manufacturer of demolition equipment Lifton Bulgaria Eood, and the business of Danish company Lifton Breaker A/S. Their total turnover amounts to 55 million crowns and the companies have a total of 141 employees.

Sources: Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Dagens Industri


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Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey

A Swedish man was one of the people killed when a violent earthquake hit Greek island Kos, Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed.

Swede dies in earthquake in Greece and Turkey
Rubble sitting outside the bar damaged by an earthquake in Kos, Greece. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

A second person killed was named as Turkish national Sinan Kurdoglu by Turkey's deputy prime minister, according to news agency the Associated Press. The men died when the roof of a bar collapsed in Kos, The Guardian reports.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake shook the Greek island and Turkish tourist resort Bodrum in the early hours of Friday. Greek officials said around 200 people were injured, at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey. Sweden's foreign ministry has confirmed that Swedes are among the injured.

The epicentre of the earthquake, which struck at around 1.30am local time, was 10 kilometres south of Bodrum and 16 kilometres north-east of Kos which was the worst hit, reports The Guardian.

A toppled column in Kos after the earthquake. Photo: Michael Probst/AP

“I'm still in shock,” Isak Bergh from Västerås told Swedish tabloid Aftonbladet, explaining that paintings and mirrors fell from the walls of the hotel he was in and the power was lost.

Another reader described the scene at Rhodes airport.

“I laid on the floor and started to shake around,” Brian Ramirez explained.