FACILITATING GROWTH

Signing at Keflavik
 

Iceland airport expansion signals brighter future

Iceland is investing EUR 100 million to increase the capacity of its main international airport, Keflavik. The need is due to the steady increase in passengers during recent years, which is expected to continue. “Our investment requirements are certainly indicative of better times. The increase in tourism has brought valuable business to local communities and has been a saviour after the crisis. It signals growth and a brighter future”, Bjorn Oli Hauksson, CEO of Isavia, tells the NIB Newsletter in an interview.

 
Iceland tourism

 

Tourism driving Icelandic recovery

Last year, Iceland welcomed almost one million visitors. In recent years, this sector has brought more foreign currency into the country than the traditional seafood industry. “The incredible increase in tourism has definitely been a major driver out of the collapse”, says Jón Ásbergsson, CEO of Promote Iceland, in an interview.

     
         

BUSINESS IN FOCUS

 
GN Store Nord

 

GN Store Nord: We make life sound better

How you perceive sound has a significant effect on your quality of life, says Michael Bjergby, Head of IR and Communications at GN Store Nord, headquartered in Ballerup, just northwest of the Danish capital, Copenhagen. As he puts it, GN makes life sound better for everybody, and especially for hearing-impaired people.

     
Johanneberg Science Park

 

Johanneberg: Science of modelling a smart city

The expansion of the Johanneberg Science Park in Sweden’s second-largest city Gothenburg will make space for hi-tech start-ups in the areas of urban development, energy, material and nanotechnology. That is in addition to many other ambitious knowledge-economy companies in Johanneberg.

     
         

FUNDING NEWS

 
Jens Hellerup

 

NIB targets EUR 3.5 billion funding in 2015

In 2015, NIB expects to raise about EUR 3.5 billion As in previous years, the timing of transactions and activities in different markets will play a crucial in for the success of the programme. Last year, NIB’s funding totalled EUR 3.4 billion through 35 transactions in ten different currencies.

     
Funding highlights

 

Funding highlights

Monthly updated coverage of NIB's funding operations: funding targets, reports on transactions and graphs.

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Funding transactions

     
         

INTERVIEWS AND OPINIONS

 
Dr Josef Ackermann

 

Josef Ackermann: Do not rely on past achievements

In recent years, the Nordic countries and Germany have emerged as role models in the economic debate. Much has been achieved, but Josef Ackermann, former CEO of Deutsche Bank, issues a word of caution: “Whenever the world starts to regard one's economy as a role model, one is probably resting on one’s laurels and has started already to fall behind.”

     
         
 

Agreed Loans

13 Jan 2015 Valmet Corporation EUR 95 million Finland
19 Dec 2014 Skellefteå Stadshus AB EUR 48 million Sweden
18 Dec 2014 Sparebank 1 SR-Bank ASA  EUR 120 million Norway
17 Dec 2014 Nortura SA EUR 35 million Norway
17 Dec 2014 GN Store Nord A/S EUR 75 million Denmark
17 Dec 2014 Isavia ltd EUR 32 million Iceland
16 Dec 2014 Loomis AB EUR 75 million Sweden
16 Dec 2014 Swedish Space Corporation EUR 11 million Sweden
15 Dec 2014 Atlas Copco AB EUR 200 million Sweden
12 Dec 2014 Getinge AB EUR 70 million Sweden 
10 Dec 2014 Ringkjøbing Landbobank A/S EUR 20 million Denmark
8 Dec 2014 Säästöpankki Optia EUR 20 million Finland
 
         

PUBLICATIONS

 
AR 2014

 

Annual report 2014

NIB's annual report for 2014 will be published on 10 March on Annual.nib.org.

     
   

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