Google leaves Norway and Sweden

Sun 18 January 2009 22:49, Bas van den Beld

Google leaves Norway and Sweden

Google insists its not the financial crisis, but merely an effort to defragmentize the company.

Fact is that Google is closing its offices in Norway and Sweden. Both offices in Trondheim and Luleå, Sweden will be closed down. Only the sales office in Oslo will remain in Norway.

Especially the closing down of the Norwegian office is a bit surprising. Google opened its offices in Trondheim in 2006, trying to gain access to a tech industry with a big focus on search which was built up around the University of Trondheim. Norway has a big tech industry where several high tech companies are clustered together in Trondheim.

All employees of Google Trondheim, 40 in total, are offered jobs elsewhere within Google which indicates it really isn’t a cut back. Most Googlers working in Trondheim probably don’t want to leave the country though, which gives other tech companies like Fast (which originally developed Alltheweb), Microsoft and Yahoo a chance of acquiring some pretty interesting employees.

Google Trondheim is said to have had a big focus on its Silicon Valley connections. Most work was therefore being outsourced to the US and not to Norwegian companies. These companies therefore won’t be very disappointed by the closing of the Google offices. And when Microsoft and Yahoo might ‘jump into the gap’ left open by Google this might very well also be a good thing for Norway.


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