The Board of Holmen decided at its meeting on June 15 to call an
Extraordinary General Meeting on August 15, 2000.

The Board proposes that this Extraordinary General Meeting shall authorise
the Board to repurchase the company's shares.

In principal, the Board's proposal means that until the next Annual
General Meeting, the Board will be authorised to purchase shares totalling
no more than 10 per cent of the total company stock.

The purchases shall take place on the OM Stockholm Exchange at a price
quoted at the time of purchase. A repurchase of 10 per cent is equivalent
to MSEK 2,000 at current prices.

The proposed repurchase is a means of achieving a more suitable capital

A repurchase of the company's shares at current prices would raise
Holmen's return on equity and earnings per share.