ICT 분야에서 최고의 잡지인 와이어드 지에서 ICT클러스터의 순위를 발표했다. 당연히 실리콘밸리가 1위를 차지했지만, 2위에 스웨덴의 시스타 사이언스 파크(Kista Science Park)가 랭크된 것은 주목할만하다.
For years, Kista Science Park in northern Stockholm has been Sweden’s high tech home, with mobile phone giant Ericsson playing den mother. Ericsson employs 12,000 of the park’s 28,000 tech workers and dominates wireless R&D – but with research house IDC proclaiming that Sweden has passed the US as the world’s leading information economy, there’s more to the picture. Kista houses more than 375 tech companies, including branch offices of multinationals like Intel, Sun, Microsoft, and Oracle. The park has its own Royal Institute of Technology, whose projected 12,000 graduates will help handle the industry growth over the next 10 years. Meanwhile, Stockholm proper has remade itself, and is churning out startups with, at last count, $6 billion in venture capital. Recently IPO’d Framfab has grown into one of Europe’s largest Internet consultancies, and young companies like room33, a mobile ISP, are leveraging Sweden’s success in wireless. “Swedes are early adopters,” says room33 founder and CEO Zaheed Hague. “And they’re very savvy users.”