Embassy in Stockholm awards Polish firms for expansion to Sweden

Poland's flagship airline PLL LOT and the construction company Unibep on Friday received the Mercurius Prize from the Polish Embassy in Stockholm, in recognition of their expansion to the Swedish market.

Representatives of both firms were presented with the Mercurius statuette  - carved by the Poznan (western Poland) artist Klaudia Grygorowicz-Kosakowska - by the Polish ambassador to Sweden, Wieslaw Tarka.

LOT was rewarded for opening a new flight link between Gothenburg and Warsaw in 2017, as well as for increasing passenger traffic between Sweden and Poland, that is, between airports in Gothenburg and Stockholm and Warsaw's Chopin facility.

In the first nine months of last year, the flagship carrier serviced around 100,000 travellers on these routes, a 17 percent rise on the corresponding period of 2016.

"There is no need to be shy about the fact that we have a modern fleet," LOT board member Stefan Malczewski told PAP at the ceremony, "and we can successfully compete against the Scandinavian airlines, SAS, or the Finnish carrier Finnair."

For its part, Unibep became the first Polish property developer to take part in Sweden's long-term housing programme as a general contractor, not merely a sub-contractor.

The company is currently building 58 modular apartments for recipients in the municipality of Tumba near Stockholm. The ready-to-use modules are being manufactured in a factory in Poland and then transported across the Baltic Sea.

Michal Urbankowski, who oversees Unibep's sales for Sweden, told PAP that "the project is also profitable for our partners, namely Polish transport companies and ferry operators."

The apartments in Tumba will initially house refugees who are granted permission to reside in Sweden. Later, the housing complex will be used by students, among other groups.