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The global IT giant Microsoft has bought 130 hectares of land in the Swedish municipalities of Gävle and Sandviken. The executive boards of these municipalities confirmed the news. The development underlines Sweden’s position as an attractive and competitive country for international companies to expand and grow. Microsoft started its operations in Sweden in the early 1980s and it is still going strong.

“We are very pleased that Microsoft, one of the world’s most well-known and leading technology brands, is interested in acquiring land in Gävle and Sandviken”, says Tomas Sokolnicki, Investment Advisor at Business Sweden. “Our role is to identify opportunities for international companies to invest and expand in Sweden, and this decision is a strong confirmation of the hard work done by various parties in Sweden, not least the municipalities, that Microsoft now takes these important steps on the journey towards what we hope will be an expansion in this region.”

“We have several regions in Sweden with excellent conditions for industrial-scale establishments, where the region of Gävle and Sandviken is one example. Foreign investors are attracted to our infrastructure, our competence base and not least the business climate, Microsoft has been a valued part of our tech ecosystem in Sweden for 35 years and we look forward to continuing and building on that relationship,” adds Sokolnicki.