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Plaza Publishing Group

Plaza Publishing Group is a media company founded in Sweden. Plaza Publishing Group and its companies publish more than 22 magazines in 48 countries in more than 5 languages. According to statistics bureau Orvesto, the companies' magazines are read by almost one million people each month in Scandinavia alone. Many competitors were reporting a heavy drop in number of sales in newsstands these last years, but Plaza Publishing Group's magazines have increased their numbers, amounting to 200,000 copies sold per month in Scandinavia.

The first Plaza title saw light in 1994 and was founded and owned by Christopher Östlund since the beginning. Today's business includes running more than 40 commercial radio stations via the company Heartbeats International, but also creating international advertising and commercial papers for companies amongst other things. The years before Plaza was launched, the team was dedicated to publishing free papers, tv and sponsoring, so the DNA of publishing and media goes back to the 1980s. The company is a largely open and flat organisation. A mix of Swedish and foreign employees create exciting and dynamic groups. But the basic idea of Finnish sisu, 'more work – less talk', permeates. Plaza is not afraid of failure and often claims that the 'slamming the door on your finger' method has taught management and the organization a lot. To repeat each mistake as little as possible, the lesson of life, which CEO Christopher Östlund admits he the living proof of. He has often made mistakes, and that learning from them is the most important lesson in life. The companies' goal is to be careful, but to drive development forward. In the running of the companies, being careful and not getting into debt has freed the companies of loans and possesses a large capital of its own. Christopher Östlund has decided on several ethical rules, not allowing alcohol and gambling ads in the group's Swedish magazines. An exception to this rule is Gourmet magazine, bought in 2006, which allows alcohol advertising. Gourmet was the magazine that made alcohol ads legal in Sweden, in cases where food and drink are a natural part of the content. Plaza is also proud of the fact that many of the companies in the group have reached the highest credit rating, rated AAA by Dun & Bradstreet. In 2005, 2006 and 2007, Plaza Publishing Group was named one of Sweden's fastest growing companies by Dagens Industri. The company Station 5 AB was also named as a 'Gasell company' in 2006.

  • Plaza Publishing Group AB
  • Lotsatorgruppen i Sverige AB
  • Station 5 AB
  • FWT AB
  • TV 7 Stockholm AB
  • Repro & Datagruppen AB
  • Heartbeats International AB
  • Plaza Publishing Finland OY