Networking site Linkedin to open Stockholm office

Professional networking site Linkedin revealed on Wednesday plans to open a Stockholm office to further the Scandinavian market and offer better services to their existing members in the Nordic countries.

Networking site Linkedin to open Stockholm office

“The Scandinavian members joined the game early and are very active. People say it is the weather,” joked Ariel Eckstein, CEO for Linkedin in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, at a press conference, according to a report by trade paper Dagens Media.

The Stockholm Office will provide support for the American company’s two million members residing in the Nordic countries, of which 700,000 in Sweden, and further the growing client base.

“Initially we are talking of a team of five to seven people working here and we are currently in the midst of recruiting a manager,” Eckstein told news agency TT.

This will be the fifth Linkedin office opening in Europe. The others are in London, Dublin, Amsterdam and Paris, with the latter opening only in March this year.

“By being closer to the growing markets we can offer more support to our current and future members. The Nordic countries stick out because they have one of the highest numbers of internet users. Professional networking follows naturally,” Eckstein told the press, reported daily Dagens Nyheter (DN).

According to DN, several major employers in Sweden use Linkedin’s services to recruit new employees. Among these are industry and electronics giants Scania, Electrolux and Husqvarna.

According to Linkedin, the network today has over 100 million members all across the globe.

“We get a new member every second,” Eckstein said to Dagens Media.

The Stockholm office will concentrate on sales and marketing in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland.

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Family’s Christmas video goes viral in Sweden

A video made by a Swedish family as a silly Christmas greeting for their friends has gone wildly viral on Facebook, receiving more than half a million views in just four days, not bad for a country of just nine million.

Family's Christmas video goes viral in Sweden
Björn Hansson is 'quite attention-seeking', according to his daughter My. Photo: Screen Grab

The video shows Björn Hansson, from Ljusdal, a small town in central Sweden,  prancing around the frozen Swedish countryside in a bunny suit pursued by his dog Yksi. 


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GOD JUL 2015

Dags för årets julhälsning från min far Björn Hansson! Speciellt tillägnad Maria Wållner, Ewa Almin Olsén, Malin Blomqvist och Sara Carlsson. Ladies, både nätstrumpor och mycket hud! Enyoy.

Posted by My Hansson on Wednesday, 23 December 2015

It was shot by Björn Hansson's daughter My. His wife Kickan Hansson and her friend Theresa Olsson acted as dog handlers.
“It's so funny to think that so many people have seen my Dad in a bunny outfit, and my Dad thinks it's very funny too,” My Hansson told The Local. “He is quite attention-seeking so he likes it. He's very hard to be around because he's very star struck by himself.” 
“It's completely idiotic, but great fun,” Björn Hansson from Ljusdal said in a separate interview with the Helahälsingland newspaper. 
The video was shot a few days before Christmas and shared on Facebook the day before Christmas Eve. 
My Hansson told The Local that she had expected the video to be shared 30 or 40 times among friends, as happened with the silly Christmas photos they have taken in previous years. 
The idea came from their previous year's Christmas photo, when she decided to suspend her father, dressed in a bunny costume, by his feet from a crane, to mimic the traditional way to treat newly shot hares. 
“In Sweden we have a hunting tradition where you hunt hares with a dog like our dog, and when you shoot a hare you hang it upside down with a tree branch in its stomach,” My Hansson explained.
“Last year we hung him up by his legs, so this year we thought we would do a movie showing how we shot him.” 
Both My Hansson and her father are keen hunters, with the daughter, who is an artist, working as an illustrator for a hunting magazine. 
“I knew that hunters would find it funny,” she said. “But I didn't know the rest of Sweden would find it as funny as they have.”
“I think it's unusual to see an old man, jumping around in the middle of the forest freezing dressed as a rabbit. I don't think people have seen it before.”