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Trading on First North to be inaugurated by Minister for Local Government and Financial Markets Sven-Erik Österberg

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Trading on First North to be inaugurated by Minister for Local Government and Financial Markets Sven-Erik Österberg On June 12, 2006, Swedens Minister for Local Government and Financial Markets, Sven-Erik Österberg, will inaugurate trading on OMXs alternative marketplace in the Nordic region, the First North in Sweden. The first company to be listed on the new marketplace will be Swedol AB, a retail chain that sells electrical and electronic items, workwear, protective equipment, auto accessories and consumables primarily to the professional market. First North offers smaller and growing companies easy access to the Nordic and global financial markets. As of June 12, 2006, those companies currently listed on Nya Marknaden will be traded on First North. We are delighted to launch First North and we welcome Swedol to this new marketplace. Including Swedol, First North will have 54 companies from Sweden and Denmark, says Jenny Rosberg, President Company Services, OMX. Interest in the Swedol share has been considerable, from both institutional and private investors, says Swedols President, Thomas Svedberg. Swedols adviser is Remium AB. A round lot of shares in Swedol, whose short name is SWOL B, amounts to 200 and the company is included in the Consumer Discretionary sector. The media are welcome to attend the inauguration of First North on June 12 at 09.00 CET, Tullvaktsvägen 15, Frihamnen, Sweden. For further information, please contact Ulrika Areskog, Communications Manager, Stockholm Stock Exchange +46-8-405 63 76 About First North First North was launched in Denmark in 2005 and OMX is now expanding the concept in the Nordic region through the development of the Swedish Nya Marknaden into First North. First North, which will include a range of new services compared with Nya Marknaden, will offer listing and trading in shares denominated in SEK, EUR and DKK. Companies will be able to disclose information in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. This, in combination with the fact that listing and trading is offered in different currencies, will give First North great flexibility. First North will have an All-Share index denominated in SEK. In addition, the companies will be classified according to the international Global Industry Classification Standard (GICS), already in place at OMXs exchanges. About OMX OMX is a leading expert in the exchange industry. Through the Nordic Exchange in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, OMX offers access to approximately 80 percent of the Nordic and Baltic securities market. Our integrated technology solutions span the entire transaction chain enabling efficient securities transactions for exchanges, clearing organizations, central securities depositories and other financial institutions around the world. OMX is listed on the Nordic Exchange in Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen. For more information please visit www.omxgroup.com PDF

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