Just southeast of beautiful Bergen rests Norway’s second longest Fjord. Starting at the Atlantic Ocean, Hardangerfjord penetrates in a northeasterly direction until, 179 km (111 miles) inland, it meets the grand mountain plateau of Hardangervidda. With its striking contrast of snow-covered mountains, rich flora and fauna and deep blue water, it is easy to understand why so many of the romantic national symbols originate from here, including the Hardangerfiddle.
Norway may be best known by ski-enthusiasts for its majestic snow-covered peaks, but under the summer sun the frosty cliffs turn up the charm and melt away, not only most of the snow, but any doubt about Norway’s qualities outside the skiing season as well.
Many nationalities have come to Bergen over the centuries – some to visit, some to make this place their home – and the city has an international vibe, perhaps even more so than the capital, Oslo. The German influence is evident in the old Hanseatic quarter and the city’s location by the sea gives it a laid-back feel. A sense of history is very palpable here and historical walks through old Bergen are one of the best ways to experience the city.
The modern revising of sixties soul music has dominated the UK and US music scenes over the last year. Now Finland has got its very own sixties siren, Anna Puu. Puu has captivated the Finns with her debut single, C’est La Vie, a melancholic motown tribute with lovelorn vocals and dramatic bells! Its parent album, Anna Puu, has just gone to number one.
If you and your business are considering expanding into the UK market, it may be a good idea to stop by Goodwille Limited on your way. Goodwille was established as an independent service provider focusing on Nordic companies in the UK in 1997 by Swedish Annika Aman-Goodwille, a qualified Chartered Secretary with a legal and financial background.
Carolina Jönsson, from Sweden, is a founding Director of Enlink Ltd, a company which can provide everything from order handling and book keeping, including credit checks, credit control, financial reporting and payroll, to virtual offices including phone, fax and meeting room facilities “We have everything in-house and have a transparent and flexible system with a compact, efficient and friendly team,” says Carolina. “Companies may be able to find some of our services in other places but rarely all in one place.” Enlink also assists clients with practical issues, for example, arranging local insurances, setting up bank accounts, registering for VAT and arranging company vehicles and mobile phones for new sales people or employees transferring from another country.
In challenging economic times, many companies are realising that to maintain success they need to make the best use of all their available resources, not least their management personnel. Developing the capabilities of executives and key employees is the aim of Denmark-based Mannaz, which services major international clients from offices in Brussels, Berlin, Copenhagen and London.