So why is Stockholm, a city with just over 950,000 people residing there, so successful at tech? One clear advantage the capital has over much of the rest of Europe is that the Swedish government is extremely active at fostering and protecting their startup ecosystem, offering government-backed funding programs for entrepreneurs. Others also argue that the country’s size is actually an advantage — 'Sweden is such a small country, we have to learn about the rest of the world fairly early on,' Ted Persson, design partner at investor EQT Ventures told Wired. Similarly, Inc points out that historically, Sweden has a record of being early adopters of tech. “Back in 1994, Stockholm built the world's largest open fiber network--giving all businesses the ability to tap into the infrastructure.” The publication claims this curiosity and appetite for tech has fostered a welcoming atmosphere meant an atmosphere welcoming to digital businesses.