Mia Shanley writes that Sweden is turning into the hotspot for Startups in Europe. Spotify, Mojang and Wrapp are among tech start-ups attracting more venture capital to Sweden, which benefits benefiting from a strong heritage in design and engineering as well as a wired population keen for innovation.
Investors and entrepreneurs say that Sweden’s deep engineering roots, its savvy, Facebook-obsessed population and sleek design sense are helping it win the battle for venture capital in Europe. Many believe the long, dark winters may actually boost productivity as developers and programmers are more likely to stay indoors, though a common complaint is that attracting overseas talent is harder than getting them to hot spots like Berlin or London. Its small, highly connected society – long an early adopter of technology – makes for good testing grounds too.
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