NIB Nordic Investment Bank

Interviews and opinions

Interviews and opinions

Rimantas Šadžius: NIB needed as a financier for a strong region

Minister of Finance of Lithuania, Rimantas Šadžius, says NIB's main task is to fill gaps in the financial markets. He encourages NIB to intensify its lending to the SME sector.

Apr 2013

Research: societies willing to invest in saving the Baltic Sea

A recent report by the research network BalticSTERN shows that people around the Baltic Sea are willing to take on the cost of the Baltic Sea Action Plan. “People obviously share a clear view that the the environmental status of the sea must be improved,” says Siv Ericsdotter, head of the network secreatariat, in this interview.

Apr 2013

Carbon neutral Nordics not business as usual

The Nordic countries have set targets to cut carbon emissions by 85% by 2050. The study Nordic Energy Technology Perspectives assesses the targets as quite realistic and gives a detailed account of what needs to be done for it.

Mar 2013

HELCOM: Projects in Belarus finally off the ground

In December 2012, NIB agreed a loan for revamping wastewater treatment plants in Belarus. Mikhail Durkin of HELCOM explains the significance of the expected improvements for the Baltic Sea region.

Jan 2013

PPP in NIB’s member countries

Joe Wright, Senior Director and Head of NIB’s Transaction & Portfolio Management, elaborates on the various aspects of the public-private partnership (PPP) model.

Oct 2012

Per Eldar Søvik: Compliance adds value

As Chief Compliance Officer, Per Eldar Søvik's task is to make sure that NIB adheres to the best practice of accountability, transparency and business ethics.

Oct 2012

The surprising renaissance of the Nordic model

Director General, Juhana Vartiainen reflects on the Nordic model and the challenges ahead.

Oct 2012

Thomas Wrangdahl: Passionate about it

Mr Wrangdahl, who recently was appointed NIB’s First Vice-President and Head of Lending, says he is passionate about learning. “It was the opportunity to do something outside business as usual, where the only driver is to earn money. NIB has another aspect to it, obviously its mandate, and that attracts me, both the environmental and the competitiveness part,” he says.

Sep 2012

Taking the northbound train. On Nordic-Baltic railway infrastructure

“Railway infrastructure planners need to stop staring themselves blind on national borders, and start to see the big picture,” says Oddgeir Danielsen, Director of the Nordic Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL) in this interview.

Sep 2012

VATT's Juhana Vartiainen: Work incentives must be sharpened

The Nordic economic model is experiencing a renaissance as the region seemingly tops every international benchmark ranging from educational results, quality of life and competitiveness. Juhana Vartiainen, new Director General of the Government Institute for Economic Research (VATT) in Finland, says gone is the cold war-era perception of Nordic economies “being half-way to socialism”.

Jun 2012



NIB-financed Helsinki–Espoo metro line launched in Finland

On 18 November, the Helsinki city transport operator HKL launched a 14-kilomtre extension of Helsinki metro line into the city of Espoo.

18 Nov 2017

NIB funds advanced metering and power grid upgrades in Norway

A loan to the Norwegian regional utility Glitre Energi AS will finance the roll-out of an advanced smart metering system and regional and distribution power grid upgrades.

16 Nov 2017

NIB and Deutsche Leasing Sverige launch new facility for small businesses

A new facility, with a maturity of five years, will assist SMEs and small mid-caps in the acquisition of production equipment.

9 Nov 2017