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Advania AB
Industry Information technology
Founded Reykjavík, Iceland (December 1, 1939 (1939-12-01))
Headquarters Reykjavík, Iceland
Number of locations
22 offices in 4 countries (2017)
Area served
Northern Europe
Key people
Gestur G. Gestsson Group CEO, Ola Maalsnes Group CFO, Mikael Noaksson Group CCO, Lilja B. Skúladóttir Group Controller, Tomas Wanselius CEO Advania Sweden, Ægir Már Þórisson CEO Advania Iceland, Espen Hartz CEO Advania Norway.

Managed Services IT infrastructure & integration Business Solutions Professional Soultions - Communication Centers MarketPlace

Data Center Services
23.862 million ISK (2016)
Owner Group of Swedish and Icelandic investors, led by Thomas Ivarsson chairman of the Board of Directors.
Number of employees

1,150 total 620 in Iceland 420 in Sweden 90 in Norway

20 others
Website (in English) (in Icelandic)

Advania is a Nordic information technology service corporation headquartered in Reykjavík, Iceland.[1] The company is the largest in its field in Iceland and the 9th largest in the Nordic countries. Advania has corporate clients in the public and private sector. It provides a wide range of IT-services, platforms, cloud solutions and support to multinational enterprises, governments, big, small and medium sized businesses.


Advania traces its roots to three Nordic countries, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Over a long period of time each country generated a component of what eventually was braided into one company, Advania AB, in 2012.

The first branch was EJS[edit]

In 1939 the Icelandic entrepreneur Einar J. Skúlason founded EJS, an office equipment repair workshop in Reykjavik. He soon expanded his business, opened a store and started importing office machinery, cash registers etc. During World War II the company also repaired guns and lighters. EJS eventually became a dominant IT business in Iceland. In 1952 the Icelandic government and the city of Reykjavik founded Skýrr, an IT company whose purpose was to take a leading role in computing and recordkeeping in Iceland. The company was privatized in 1995 and later became the core element in a group of companies – including EJS – that merged under the Skýrr brand.

The Swedish branch was next to evolve[edit]

In 1971 the IT company Nokia Elektronic AB – later renamed Datapoint Svenska AB – was founded in Sweden. The company sold Datapoint computer terminals but later became a network pioneer and a key system integrator in Sweden. In 2003 Datapoint merged with Virtus AB, an IT-company which was founded in 1994 and grew rapidly. Virtus soon became a key player in the Swedish market, focusing on Microsoft based solutions and offering storage & backup services. In 2003 one the strongest and most comprehensive system integrators in Sweden was created when Datapoint and Virtus merged. The new company was named Kerfi AB.

And the Norwegian was third[edit]

In 1991 Merkantildata Applikasjon was founded in Norway, originally as a business unit within Merkantildata (later ATEA). The company focused on implementing ERP solutions in the Nordic market, industry solutions for retail, property management, logistics, legal and transport & waste management. In 2000 the company changed its name to Hands and was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. In 2005 Hands was unlisted, as it was acquired by the Icelandic company Kögun which later merged with Skýrr (see above). Despite changes in ownership Hands kept its Norwegian identity and acquired Nett.2.3 and Completo in 2005.

In 2012 Advania AB was born, when Skýrr from Iceland, Kerfi from Sweden and Hands from Norway merged and became a key challenger in the Scandinavian IT-market.[citation needed] Since then four companies have been acquired and merged with Advania, the listed Swedish IT company Caperio included.

Business Areas[edit]

The Advania offices in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Advania focuses on these four main business areas:

Managed Services[edit]

Advania offers a variety of managed services where clients can offload specific IT operations.

IT Infrastructure & Integration[edit]

Advania offers solutions for IT infrastructure, integration projects, consultancy and product support. Advania has data center solutions, IT platform projects, virtualization solutions, solutions focused on identity and access, as well as development, integration, and support of both software and hardware.

Business Solutions[edit]

Advania provides IT solutions to automate, streamline, measure, document and stimulate business and IT processes.

Professional Services[edit]

Advania provides a broad array of consulting services, software development, eBusiness services and infrastructure solutions for private and public bodies, local and international customer.


  1. ^ "Sameinast undir heitinu Advania" [Merge under the name Advania]. Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). Reykjavík, Iceland: Árvakur. 20 January 2012.