Lithuania Google Office in the Pipeline
- New Europe Investor
- January 22, 2015
In what has been a good day for Lithuania in Davos, Google appears to be looking to open an office in the country.
The office, to be located in Vilnius, would be the first Google office in the Baltics.
Lithuanian President, Dalia Grybauskaite made the announcement in Davos following a series of meetings with business leaders at the World Economic Forum 2015.
To make the news even sweeter, it appears Nasdaq and pharmaceutical company, Thermo Fisher appear to be interested in locating to the country also.
Google in Europe
Google have around 100 offices in more than 40 countries worldwide.
Nearly half of these offices are in Europe including; Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Budapest, Bratislava, Kiev, Moscow and Bucharest.
At present, the company is the fifth largest in the world, in terms of market capital.
Founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the web giant now employ over 55,000 people worldwide.
Lithuania will be very pleased to have been selected over competition from Riga and Tallinn. The Lithuania Google office is likely to be the only one in the Baltic States for some time.
It is not clear at this stage what its function will be, nor the number of people they intend to hire there.
Google recently announced that it was to remove its Moscow based engineers out of the country, following the closing of its department there. The move came following a series of changes in legislation tightening online freedoms in Russia.