What technologies are Scandinavians looking for?

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Many leading companies in the new technology and innovation sector are choosing to expand to the Scandinavian Peninsula. The area is considered one of the most digitized in the world and has an excellent environment for the development of startups and already successful organizations. Technology companies present in Scandinavia offer popular and globally supported solutions. Due to the rapid development of new technologies in the region, many companies are constantly looking for the right professionals.

How technologically advanced is Scandinavia?

The Scandinavian peninsula has spawned a number of globally significant technology brands. The Linux operating system was created by an IT specialist named Linus Torvalds, who hails from Finland. Jens Bergensten is the Swedish lead developer of the popular open-world computer game, Minecraft. Denmark, on the other hand, boasts a Java Virtual Machine developer known as Lars Bak.

Scandinavia has played a key role in the development of many global projects creating Web 2.0 technology, such as C++, MySQL, PHP and Ruby. The Scandinavian peninsula is supporting forward-looking and cutting-edge products and platforms, looking forward to Web 3.0 technology, namely cloud infrastructure, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things devices. These achievements place Scandinavia high in the IT industry worldwide.

The AWS region, which was established in Stockholm, Sweden, by Amazon, has modernized the technology sector infrastructure in Scandinavia. Modern storage, along with low-latency cloud services, has enabled the tech area to store secret data and perform tasks close to home. Hosting, creating and managing new applications and businesses has become easier with AWS' powerful Internet solutions.

The most popular technologies in Scandinavian countries

Java specialists are very popular among Scandinavian technology companies. Sweden notes that as many as one-third of their developers specialize in the Java programming language, followed closely by JavaScript and Python programmers. Knowledge of these languages is also required by many Norwegian companies. Sweden is considered a leader in deploying cloud solutions in the region, with Azure technology being the most popular, followed by AWS and GCP. Cloud architects are also highly recruited in other countries on the Scandinavian Peninsula. The year 2022 was a very favorable year for cloud technology, which enjoyed a great deal of interest worldwide, and it doesn't look like it will be any different in 2023. 

Scandinavian countries are home to a number of well-known tech giants, such as Ericsson, Skype and Spotify. The music playback platform uses Python for its speed. The backend, or backend of the application, uses a number of interdependent services connected by their own communication protocol - as many as 80% of these services were created using Python. The application, for other work, also uses Java, C and C++.

Norway is realizing the potential of technology and digital products. Traditional businesses and startups are targeting digital solutions, building demand for the right professionals. Frontend and fullstack React developers are most needed here, as this solution is the main framework, or backbone, for building JavaScript in Norway.

The demand for the right technology and skilled professionals continues to grow. According to the Hays Skills Index 2019/2022, Scandinavia will face a shortage of as many as 19,000 IT professionals by 2030. A major problem could be the low birth rate and increased aging rate in the region - one in four people will be 65 or older by 2040. As a result, Scandinavian countries are very often opting for nearshoring of IT services from the CEE region. This will outsource the task, which helps the company focus on its core business. You can read more about outsourcing models HERE.

Why are Scandinavian technology companies paying attention to Poland?

Polish programmers are gaining popularity in the eyes of Scandinavians, who are choosing to use nearshoring services in Central and Eastern Europe. It turns out that Poland has a very large pool of technology talent relative to the entire European region. This statistic works in favor of the Scandinavian countries, as they are experiencing a shortage of IT professionals. An unquestionable advantage of working with Polish specialists is the high quality of services and solutions provided - Poles lead the way in Java and Python technologies. Many of them started their adventure with programming very early. A huge group of programmers also have higher education in science. 

Despite cultural differences, Poles have a similar mindset to Scandinavians, so communication problems do not arise. What's more, Scandinavian companies don't have to worry about the language barrier, as good English skills among Polish professionals are standard. The EF English Proficiency Index ranking by Education First placed Poland very high, eleventh among all European countries in terms of English proficiency. Cooperation with Poland is also not threatened by the time zone difference and geographical distance. The flight time from Warsaw or Lublin to the largest cities of the Scandinavian Peninsula does not exceed two hours, so you can meet with your colleague very quickly.