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For decades Charlotte, NC was known as a banking town and then as a financial center. Despite the financial crisis it still is – and a lot more as well. Charlotte has gone from having one core industry to seven. Developing into an energy hub is now one of the more successful areas.
Swedish music has been internationally recognized for a long time and is a large export industry to the U.S. while Swedish film and literature have been less established. However, Swedish film and literature have recently enjoyed an increased success in the U.S. due to Stieg Larsson’s breakthrough in the American market which has paved the way for other writers and filmmakers.
The settler’s spirit still characterizes Texas. With a streamlined regulation of industry and an open minded attitude to new businesses and products, the state is becoming home to many European companies establishing in the US. Soren Marklund, President of SACC Texas, is hoping to see more Swedish businesses in this vibrant region in the near future.
Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Iceland: These five countries are quite different from the “inside” – their economies have different structures, they use different currencies, even languages are not as similar as it might seem which often makes people resort to English in business discussions. The culture and mentality is certainly not the same. So why do we talk ‘Nordics’ and promote a common identity? Because despite the differences, there is a greater historical and social resemblance in this part of Europe that makes business relationships run smoother.
The Swedish business news website www.di.se reports that Volvo Construction Equipment plans to invest $100 million, (SEK 639 million) in its facility in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. Volvo also plans to move the North American headquarters for sales and rentals by September 2012 to Shippensburg, from Asheville, North Carolina.
The Swedish Embassy in Washington D.C. arranges seminars, exhibits and concerts with a certain theme. The theme for 2011 is “Fabric of Life”. The idea is to highlight everyday quality of life issues: How to solve the puzzle of modern life through the use of new services and products.
Margaret Anderson Kelliher, the Executive Director of the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA), has agreed to consider bringing a delegation of Minnesota software and information technology business leaders to attend E-Days at Telecom City in Karlskrona in September, 2011.
During the week of March 7th, a delegation from the U.S. visited Sweden in conjunction with Access Seminars held in Västerås and Gothenburg. The delegation was made up of Swedes now living in the U.S. as well as Americans who all have extensive experience from the clean tech industry in the U.S.
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