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Kista seen from Kista Science Tower.
Victoria Tower in Kista

Kista (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɕiːsta]) is a district of Stockholm Municipality in Sweden. Located northwest of central Stockholm, it is divided by the Stockholm Metro blue line into a western part which is primarily a working class and middle class residential area, and an eastern part occupied by commercial ventures, mostly in the telecommunication and information technology industry.[1]

Kista is named after an old farm, still located in the area. The construction of the modern parts were started in the 1970s.[2] Most of the streets in Kista are named after towns and places in Denmark, Iceland, Greenland and Faroe Islands. Because of its ICT industries and secondary CBD status, it became referred to as Chipsta or Sweden's Silicon Valley in the 1980s.[2][3]


Kista is the largest corporate area in Sweden and important to the national economy.[1] The construction of the industrial section of Kista began in the 1970s with companies such as SRA (Svenska Radioaktiebolaget, now a part of Ericsson), RIFA AB (later Ericsson Components AB, and later still Ericsson Microelectronics AB, and now Infineon Technologies), and IBM Svenska AB (the Swedish branch of IBM). Ericsson has had its headquarters based in Kista since 2003.[4] The number of employees in Eastern Kista is estimated at around 28,000.[1]

Kista hosts departments of both Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and Stockholm University (formerly jointly known as "the IT University").[5]



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  1. ^ a b c OECD Green Growth Studies Green Growth in Stockholm, Sweden. OECD Publishing. 23 May 2013. p. 70. ISBN 978-92-64-19515-8. 
  2. ^ a b Antonella, Noya; Emma, Clarence; Gary, Craig (7 December 2009). Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) Community Capacity Building Creating a Better Future Together: Creating a Better Future Together. OECD Publishing. p. 119. ISBN 978-92-64-07329-6. 
  3. ^ "Overclocking at Intel". Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Kim, Junmo (10 July 2005). Globalization and Industrial Development. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-4697-2393-8. 
  5. ^ Desai, Sameeksha; Nijkamp, Peter; Stough, Roger R. (July 2011). New Directions in Regional Economic Development: The Role of Entrepreneurship Theory and Methods, Practice and Policy. Edward Elgar Publishing. p. 249. ISBN 978-0-85793-351-5. 

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Coordinates: 59°24′05″N 17°56′40″E / 59.40139°N 17.94444°E / 59.40139; 17.94444

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