Klarna to open development hub in Gothenburg
“Klarna has developed rapidly in recent years and gone from being a Swedish payment provider to becoming a comprehensive global shopping ecosystem, which fundamentally changes how consumers pay, shop and manage their banking affairs,” said Koen Köppen, Klarna's Chief Technology Officer, in a press release announcing the plans on 6 December.
“This has been possible as we gather the world’s best talents within engineering and product development. We are very excited that we can now start up a new hub in Gothenburg, it will play an important role in being able to scale up and achieve our ambitious goals,” he said.
The recruiting process is already underway, with the company looking to hire 500 engineers, product managers, analysts, and data scientists. According to Koen Köppen, Gothenburg was an easy choice.
“There is a lot of talent in Gothenburg and the city has a good reputation when it comes to technology. At the same time, it’s already our home turf. We know the local market and we already have quite a lot of employees from Gothenburg, which has a good local network,” he told Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter.
The company was founded in Sweden in 2005 and is today the highest valued private Fintech firm in Europe. It currently has around 5,000 employees worldwide, and already has several tech hubs in Europe, including in Stockholm, Berlin and Madrid.