“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.