Facts about software engineering in northern Europe

Object oriented programming

was invented in Norway by Ole-Johan Dahl and Kristen Nygaard in the 1960s. OOP has become the mainstream way of developing modern software.


was made by Bjarne Stroustrup from Denmark in 1979. C++ is one of the most famous programming languages and is the ancestor of highly popular languages such as Java and C#.


was made by Linus Torvalds from Finland in 1991. The operating system Linux is used everywhere from coffee machines and internet modems to laptops and supercomputers.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)

was invented by Håkon Wium Lie from Norway in 1994. CSS is used to describe the look and formatting of web pages.


was made in Sweden in 1996 by David Axmark and Michael Widenius. MySQL is the world's most popular open source database software.