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Axa's Nordic buying spree – Denmark is the next target

Having invested DKK 2.2 billion (EUR 295 million) in the Nordics last year, real estate firm Axa is about to boost its Danish assets which currently consist of a property on a Copenhagen shopping street. The company's Nordic manager tells EjendomsWatch about the kind of properties and locations Axa is after.

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