When you think of startup scenes, rarely does anyone think of Copenhagen, Helsinki, or Stockholm. Even in Europe, Berlin and London are most commonly associated with startup culture. That should soon change, as a new player has entered the startup game, the Nordic regions, now known in the tech community as the “unicorn factory.”
You may not realize it, but more than likely you use a service everyday that was created in the Nordics. Angry Birds, created in 2009, by Rovio Entertainment in Helsinki, Finland has been downloaded more than 2 billion times, nearly 10x the total population of every Nordic country combined. In addition to Angry Birds, the Nordics also host Spotify, SoundCloud, iZettle and Stay.com.
What makes the Nordics so magical?
The World Economic Forum was rather blunt, going so far as to say the Nordic country, Sweden, beats every other country at just about everything. Meanwhile, Denmark ranked as the best country in Europe for entrepreneurship. Sweden in particular has created a risk-friendly country, encouraging entrepreneurship, with free schooling, state-backed health care, and tax breaks for investors. This has created a culture where it is viewed as relatively safe to start a company. Combined with government intervention in the 1990s, that incentivized families to purchase home computers, and established infrastructure high speed internet, the region was ripe for tech stardom. Now, the saying “success breeds more success” has never been more true; there’s more angel funding available, with an experienced, motivated population.
How does Cloud.net help?
Cloud.net offers six locations, located throughout Nordic countries, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Our Nordic locations are some of our most popular, and with six total datacenters, developers are able to build highly resilient infrastructure, creating robust, scalable applications. We think this region is one of our most exciting, and look forward to seeing what our customers create!