Swedish company Birka Cruises to shut down after 49 years

The ship Birka Stockholm usually sails between Stockholm and Mariehamn on the Åland Islands. (Birka Cruises)
Ferry company Birka Cruises is closing down permanently, following a huge hit to its business as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 509 employees are affected by the company’s closure, 43 of whom are employed at the head office in Stockholm, while the rest work aboard the ship Birka Stockholm, which usually sails between Stockholm and Mariehamn on the Åland Islands.

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