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EF Education First founder Bertil Hult is set to receive the Lucia Trade Award

Bertil Hult, a Swedish entrepreneur who founded EF Education First, was to receive the 2012 Lucia Trade Award from the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in a Monday ceremony in New York City.

A global company with Swedish roots, EF has its North American headquarters in Cambridge.

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EF is an education company that specializes in language training, international travel, and cultural exchange programs.

EF currently has 800 employees based in Massachusetts.

In September the company broke ground on a 10-story, $125 million facility that will have space for an additional 400 new positions at its Cambridge campus by 2014, the company said.

A recent Globe story noted that this new building is designed to look like a massive waterfall, with a jagged column of glass cascading along the middle of its facade.

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