updated 4/20/2011 12:47:08 PM ET 2011-04-20T16:47:08

HELSINKI, Finland, April 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STORA ENSO OYJ STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 20 April 2011 at 19.00 EET

Stora Enso's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 20 April 2011 adopted the accounts for 2010 and granted the Company's Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer discharge from responsibility for the period.

Resolution on the use of the profit shown on the balance sheet and the payment of dividend

The AGM approved the proposal by the Board of Directors that the Company distributes a dividend of EUR 0.25 per share for the year 2010.

The dividend shall be paid to shareholders that on the dividend record date, 27 April 2011, are recorded in the shareholders' register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd. or in the separate register of shareholders maintained by Euroclear Sweden AB for Euroclear Sweden registered shares. Dividends payable for Euroclear Sweden registered shares will be forwarded by Euroclear Sweden AB and paid in Swedish krona. Dividends payable to ADR holders will be forwarded by Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas and paid in US dollars.

The AGM approved a proposal by the Board of Directors that the dividend payment shall be issued by the Company on 11 May 2011.

Members of the Board of Directors

The AGM approved a proposal that the Board of Directors shall have seven members and that of the current members of the Board of Directors, Gunnar Brock, Birgitta Kantola, Mikael Maekinen, Juha Rantanen, Hans Straaberg, Matti Vuoria and Marcus Wallenberg shall be re-elected members of the Board of Directors until the end of the following AGM. Carla Grasso was not seeking re-election.

Remuneration

The AGM approved the proposed annual remuneration for the Board of Directors as follows:

Chairman          EUR 135 000
Vice Chairman  EUR 85 000
Members          EUR 60 000

The AGM also approved a proposal that 40% of the remuneration shall be paid in Stora Enso Series R shares purchased from the market.

The AGM approved the proposed annual remuneration for the Board committees as follows:

Financial and Audit Committee

Chairman          EUR 20 000
Members          EUR 14 000

Remuneration Committee

Chairman          EUR 10 000
Members          EUR 6 000

Auditor

The AGM approved a proposal that the current auditor Authorised Public Accountants Deloitte & Touche Oy shall be re-elected auditor of the Company until the end of the following AGM. The AGM approved a proposal that remuneration for the auditor shall be paid according to invoice approved by Financial and Audit Committee.

Appointment of the Nomination Board

The AGM approved a proposal to appoint a Nomination Board to prepare proposals concerning

(a) the number of members of the Board of Directors,
(b) the members of the Board of Directors,
(c) the remuneration for the Chairman, Vice Chairman and members of the Board of Directors and
(d) the remuneration for the Chairman and members of the committees of the Board of Directors.

The Nomination Board shall consist of four members:

- the Chairman of the Board of Directors
- the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
- two other members appointed by the two largest shareholders (one each) as of 30 September 2011.

The largest shareholders are determined on the basis of their shareholdings registered in the Company's shareholders' register. In addition, shareholders who under the Finnish Securities Markets Act have an obligation to disclose certain changes in ownership (shareholder subject to disclosure notification) will be taken into account provided that they notify their shareholdings to the Board of Directors in writing by 30 September 2011.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors shall convene the Nomination Board and the Nomination Board shall at the latest on 31 January 2012 present its proposals to the Board of Directors for the AGM to be held in 2012. A member of the Board of Directors may not be appointed as Chairman of the Nomination
Board. Annual remuneration of EUR 3 000 shall be paid to a member of the Nomination Board who is not a member of the Board of Directors.

Decisions by the Board of Directors

At its meeting held after the AGM, the Stora Enso Board of Directors re-elected from among its members Gunnar Brock as its Chairman and Juha Rantanen as Vice Chairman.

Birgitta Kantola (chairwoman), Gunnar Brock and Juha Rantanen were re-elected as members of the Financial and Audit Committee.

Gunnar Brock (chairman), Hans Straaberg and Matti Vuoria were re-elected as members of the Remuneration Committee.

For further information, please contact:
Ulla Paajanen-Sainio, Head of Investor Relations, tel. +358 2046 21242

www.storaenso.com
www.storaenso.com/investors

Stora Enso is the global rethinker of the packaging, paper and wood products industry. We always rethink the old and expand to the new to offer our customers innovative solutions based on renewable materials. Stora Enso employs some 26 000 people worldwide, and our sales in 2010 amounted to EUR 10.3 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) in the International OTCQX over-the-counter market.

STORA ENSO OYJ

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