Sodra's new venture capital business Sodra Adla invests SEK3M in Swedish nature tourism business Happie Nation; under its Happie Camp brand, the company leases unused forestland from forest owners and establishes small houses to rent out to nature lovers

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Sweden , June 16, 2022 (press release) –

Södra Ädla has made its first investment. On Wednesday, 15 June, Södra Ädla became a partner of Happie Nation by investing SEK 3 million in the company. Happie Nation is focused on nature tourism.

 

Södra’s new venture capital business, Södra Ädla, was launched in May. In the coming years, the subsidiary will invest SEK 200 million in innovative companies with a business concept that directly supports the development and profitability of forest estates, and promotes a more multifaceted approach to family forestry.

The first company has now been identified.

Strengthening family forestry with nature tourism
Södra Ädla’s investment in Happie Nation was finalised on Wednesday, and Södra Ädla will contribute SEK 3 million to a total funding round of SEK 6 million.

Happie Nation conducts nature tourism under the Happie Camp brand. Happie Camp leases unused forest land from forest owners and establishes small houses that are then rented out to nature lovers.

This enables Södra’s members to increase the value of their natural gems in the forest and complement their forest estate with nature tourism.

“Happie Nation’s scalable business concept is in line with our ambition to invest in companies that directly develop the value of forest estates. The company provides opportunities for Södra’s members to increase their revenue, while more people can experience our family forest ownership at first hand,” said Erik Bengtson, Investment Manager for Södra Ädla.

“With this investment, we are attracting new innovation to forest estates and creating more business opportunities for Södra’s 52,000 members.”

Pending expansion of Happie Camp
Happie Camp was launched in 2019 and now has a well-developed online booking system, where customers can easily book accommodation in the forest with nature on their doorstep as well as other services. The funding will support the company’s planned commercialisation. The next step will be establishment in southern Sweden, with a focus on Götaland and in dialogue with Södra’s forest-owning members.

“Our aim is that Happie Camp will help forest owners nurture places of natural beauty and generate new revenue from the social values of their forest as a complement to traditional forestry,” said Staffan Svantesson, CEO and founder of Happie Nation.

“With Södra Ädla as our partner, we now have access to extensive knowledge and experience of forest management combined with a genuine network of passionate forest owners. We will work together to create the best conditions for running a successful business and a fast and efficient scale-up of Happie Camp.”

For contact or further information, please contact:

Erik Bengtson, Investment Manager, Södra Ädla
Tel: +46 (0)340-63 34 32
E-mail: erik.bengtson@sodra.com

Staffan Svantesson, CEO, Happie Nation
Tel: +46 (0)70-516 16 05
E-mail: staffan@happiecamp.com

Södra’s Pressroom
Tel: +46 (0)470-890 90
E-mail: press@sodra.com

Would you like to learn more about Södra Ädla? Read more at https://www.sodra.com/sodraadla/.

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