Post-it wars spread to Swedish offices

Following France’s example, offices in Sweden are now competing to create the most elaborate Post-it characters displayed in their windows.

Post-it wars spread to Swedish offices
Post-it characters on office windows in France

“We are going to think of even cooler characters and we are considering aiming them out towards Vasagatan and Klarabergsgatan,” said Bo Isaksson from an IT company located near the government buildings in Stockholm to the TT news agency.

Isaksson launched the creative project in Sweden last week. He had read a blog about the French Post-it war, which had started when employees created a picture out of post-it notes in the office window.

Isaksson liked the idea and when he had fifteen minutes to spare he made a pink Space Invader character to be displayed in the window.

“Then someone across the street responded. That was unexpected,” he said.

After that the competition was on and everyone in the office could give in suggestions as to what should be created next. The company’s stock of Post-it notes in different colours was looked over.

Isaksson think that the game has brought both joy and energy to the workplace.

According to his boss Mattias Hällström, the game may take some of the employees’ time away from other tasks but at the same time it makes up for it by creating a social togetherness that ultimately will increase commitment and productivity.

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Obama reveals he wants to work for… Spotify?

Barack Obama may be leaving the White House, but it looks like he's got his future all planned out.

Obama reveals he wants to work for... Spotify?
Barack Obama on a visit to Sweden in 2013. Photo: AP Photo/Frank Augstein

One of Obama's favourite trips abroad was his 2013 visit to Sweden, US tech entrepreneur, podcast editor and former The Local blogger Natalia Brzezinski has revealed the president told her.

She and her husband Mark Brzezinski, who was the US ambassador to Sweden 2011-2015, were invited to the White House on Wednesday evening along with other diplomats appointed by Obama.

“I finally got the chance to thank him for the life-changing appointment to Sweden,” she wrote in a post on Instagram.

“He said word for word: 'I loved visiting you in Stockholm, it was my favourite trip. I plan to go back there really soon'.”

Obama went to Stockholm on an official state visit in 2013. And Brzezinski, the CEO of creative tech festival Symposium Stockholm, revealed she tried to tempt him back to attend its Brilliant Minds conference in June.

He did not promise anything, but did at least urge Brzezinski to “send him the details”.

Obama leaves his post on January 20th, handing over the reins to Republican president-elect Donald Trump. As for the outgoing president's future, it looks like he's got his heart set on a certain Swedish music streaming giant.

“I'm still waiting for my job at Spotify… 'cause I know y'all loved my playlist,” Brzezinski quoted him as saying.

We are pretty sure he was joking, but it is not the first time Obama has praised Sweden.

Former prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt revealed in an interview last year that the US president had told him on his visit to Stockholm that he would love to return again with his family.

“Shortly thereafter I met Michelle and Barack Obama again in New York and Michelle confirmed that Barack talked to her about it after his visit to Stockholm. I said I hoped they would find time to return after his presidency,” Reinfeldt told the Aftonbladet tabloid in September.