Shareholders who together represent some 75 per cent of the votes in Holmen AB have given notice that they will propose that the following ordinary members of the Board be re-elected at the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26 March 2003: Fredrik Lundberg, Carl Kempe, Hans Larsson, Göran Lundin, Arne Mårtensson, Bengt Pettersson, Per Welin and Christer Zetterberg.

Authorisation to buy back shares etc

The Board proposes to the Annual General Meeting that it - as in previous year - be authorised to acquire and transfer company shares.

In principle, the proposal implies that the Board will be empowered, as of 26 March 2003 until the next AGM, to make decisions to acquire shares in the company on the stock market.

The requested authorisation means that the company is entitled to acquire Series "A" or Series "B" shares to such an extent that the company's holding does not exceed 10 per cent of the total number of shares in the company.

It is proposed that shares may be used as payment in connection with acquisitions or to finance acquisitions.

The notice convening the AGM will be published on Wednesday 19 February 2003.

For further information, please contact Johan Flodström (secretary of the Board), tel. +46 8 666 21 00.