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Sunday Swedish Startup News: Klarna, Lifesum and Spotscale

Written by on January 5

Each Sunday, we bring you Swedish technology companies who’ve been written about, or mentioned by larger international press. This week, Klarna bought a German rival in a deal worth $150m, Swedish drone-startup Spotscale were recognised by Gigaom and Lifesum (formerly ShapeUp Club) made Apple’s ‘Best of’ list for 2013.

Sweden’s Klarna buys German rival in $150m European payments deal

“Swedish online payments startup Klarna has acquired German rival Sofort, which it claims will give it a 10 percent slice of Europe’s $100bn web payments market. Klarna is one of the most successful Swedish startups but one which few outside of Scandinavia know of. The Sofort deal is its first major acquisition, and should give it a leg up in Germany — where it already operates — and a path to other major European markets outside of Scandinavia.”

Want a picture-perfect model of your house? Check out Spotscale

“Swedish startup Spotscale has knit together a system using drones, still image capture and video transmission, photorealistic software and 3D printers to build realistic models of structures that can be used in civil engineering, architectural renovations, construction projects and other big jobs.”

Lifesum make Apple’s ‘Best of 2013′ list

“The list that they’ve [Lifesum] found themselves on is none other than Apple’s own ‘App Store Best of 2013’. Put together by the App Store Editorial team the list recognises some of the most remarkable, innovative, and entertaining apps of 2013 in the Nordic region, at least that’s what their press release says. You’d think that would make the creators happy, and I guess it has.”

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