Swede talking

Nordic focus

Lars-Håkan Ellenius, chief financial officer of Birka Energi, Sweden's third largest energy company, is the stereotypical Swede. He is sun- tanned from a skiing holiday, physically imposing and sports a goatee beard.

But what is most striking about Ellenius is his affability. He greets visitors personally in reception, makes them coffee himself and is relaxed and enthusiastic during his meeting with Credit.

Ellenius’s reassuring manner has gone down well with Birka’s bond investors. Since the

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