The importance of headquarters for the development of a region has been shown in many previous studies. People who work in HQs or with related services are among the best paid in the business world. Earlier studies have also shown a clear relationship between the location of global companies, salaries and GDP. More headquarters equals better availability of professionals and specialists. Global companies demand talent and expertise, which favours the knowledge-intensive Nordic countries.
This report is based on an analysis of Forbes Global 2000 list of the world’s 2,000 largest listed global (multinational) companies. The report shows where multinational companies locate their global and regional head o ces in the Nordic region. It also shows a clear concentration of these companies in the Nordic metropolitan areas, primarily Stockholm, followed by Copenhagen.