Prinsjesdag 2018 – Dutch Budget 2019
Prinsjesdag falls on the third Tuesday of September, and on that day the Dutch head of state travels to the Hall of Knights in The Hague, where all the ministers, state secretaries, members of parliament and other invited guests are assembled. The head of state reads the Speech from the Throne announcing the government's main plans for the upcoming year. this year was the importance of free trade: "It is in the Dutch interest that Europe continues to strive for free trade. The Dutch government will continue to pursue a stronger EU with a positive agenda." Further, Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, and Finance Minister, Wopke Hoekstra unveiled the budget in The Hague today after the King's speech, and this is what we know so far that is concerning the rest of the EU: According to , the economic growth will be 2.6% of GDP in 2019 (compared to 2,5% in 2018), while the national debt will decrease to less than 50% of GDP, whereas the unemployment rate is 3,5%, which is the lowest level since 2001. The Dutch Government is also reserving hundreds of millions of euros to cover the consequences of the Brexit, an amount that should cover higher contributions to the European Union as well as more customs costs. Whereas it is reported that a 'hard Brexit' could cost the Netherlands in the long term. Further, corporate tax will be lowered from 25% to 22.24%, which is less than announced earlier, and the current 30% tax ruling for international workers will be reduced from 8 to 5 years. Furthermore, in the last three quarters. Photo: Ministry of Finance / @Financien / Twitter
Meet the new Young Professionals Chairman and Committee Members
We're proud to announce the new Young Professionals Chairman & Committee Members: Rens Ramakers, Chairman of the Young Professionals (new position) Marta Radinovic Lukic, Vice Chairman of the Young Professionals (new position) Charlotta Björk, Young Professionals Committee Member Sophie Hansson, Young Professionals Committee Member Melina Bendelin, Young Professionals Committee Member (new) We look forward to another year of great cooperation between the Swedish Chamber and the Young Professionals Committee! A special thank you to former Chairman Magnus Nolgren, and we wish him great success in Sweden.
Sweden & Netherlands both in Top 10 “Best European Countries for Business 2018”
The European Chamber ranks European countries based on their business environment. The EuCham score is reflected on a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 represents the lowest performance and 100 represents the best. The EuCham score measures the overall business context constituted by corporate environment, legislation, government policies, social climate and conditions which enable or prevent the private sector activities from starting, operating and expanding, both in the short and in the long term. In 2018, Sweden places 4th (only after Denmark, Norway, and Finland) with a score of 83, whereas the Netherlands places 8th with a score of 79. The research is based on two globally acclaimed rankings; the Doing Business report by the World Bank, and the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) by Transparency International. 
The aftermath of the Swedish General Elections
The Swedish General Elections took place on Sunday, September 9. were affirmed a week after the elections, meaning that it has been established how the Riksdag's 349 seats shall be distributed among the eight parties. However, the results have left the two main political blocks at a deadlock, and it remains unknown who will govern the country. The voter participation for the 2018 elections landed on 87,18% (+1,38 compared to 2014 elections). Roughly 50.000-60.000 of these votes were cast by Swedes living abroad. , as the new Riksdag will meet for a roll-call on Monday, September 24, and as the official ceremony for the opening of the Riksdag session takes place on September, 25.