Greens and local parties big winners local elections

Exit polls show mixed results for coalition parties.

  Yesterday (21 March, 2018) the Netherlands went to the polls to vote for 335 local councils. Following national elections in March last year - these elections are considered to be a first test for the current coalition parties, including VVD (Liberal Conservatives) of Prime Minister Rutte. Following a voter turnout of 55,1%, the main conclusion is that GroenLinks (Greens) and local parties are the big winners. GroenLinks even became the biggest party in 2 main cities (Amsterdam and Utrecht) and local parties gained more than 32% of the votes. The exit polls show a mixed result for the 4 coalition parties. Whereas CDA (Christian Democrats) became the biggest national party and VVD (Liberal Conservatives) ended second, D66 (Liberal Democrats) lost significantly and ChristenUnion (Christian Conservatives) experienced a slight loss. On the far right side of the political spectrum, Forum voor Democratie, a national-conservative party led by Thierry Baudet, participated only in Amsterdam, where it won 5,9% of the votes. Their main rivals, the PVV / Freedom Party of Geert Wilders, participated in 30 municipalities, but did less well than expected, possibly due to the success of local populist parties. Another remarkable result is the success of the pro-immigrant party Denk, which participated for the first time in local elections - in 12 cities - and did well in for example Rotterdam (7,2%) and Amsterdam (6,7%). Alongside the local elections a consultative referendum on the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act was held. A slight majority of voters seems to be against this act (48,3% vs 47,1%) - which would provide more authorizations to monitor data and communication to the Dutch intelligence services. The table below shows the preliminary results of the elections - compared to the results of the last national elections (March 2017). It should be taken into account that - due to the success of local parties - the results of national parties in the local elections are relatively poor compared to the national elections. In addition, as several national parties (like PVV, Forum voor Democratie and Denk) only participated in a limited number of municipalities, it doesn't make sense to aggregate their results on a national level. For more information visit
Swe-Cham Partner INAmsterdam invites to Tax Essentials Seminar

Understanding the Dutch tax system is an essential part of your move to Amsterdam. Whether you are looking for help with your tax return, the 30% ruling or any other tax related issues, our INAmsterdam experts are here to help with tips and advice to help you settled in no time.

  When: Tuesday  20 March, 2018 18.45-20.30 Where: INAmsterdam, WTC Amsterdam Register via:  
Free Quick Scan in preparation for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

There are less than 85 days before the GDPR comes into effect on May 25th 2018 in all of the European Union and European Economic Area. Through the GDPR, Data Protection Authorities can impose severe penalties on organizations that suffer a data breach resulting in the unauthorized access of personal data.

  As a follow up to our recent “GDPR: What? Why? and How?” session at the Swedish Chamber and Young Professionals Entrepreneurs Café in February, we’re continuing to help organizations prepare for the GDPR. We are offering a free ‘Quick Scan’ of your internet-facing systems – often the easiest way into your IT environment for hackers. This Quick Scan is a non-intrusive security analysis of your website or application performed remotely by one of our security specialists. This implies a basic black-box penetration test without causing damage or heavy load to the target. Subsequently, a short report will reveal any vulnerabilities found with advice on how to resolve the vulnerability in anticipation of compliance with the GDPR. Simply register by sending us your full name, telephone number and the URL of your organization’s website to and our team will contact you.   Happy GDPR from the team at Base!   Base Cyber Security T:   +318 5303 1267 Follow us  
Flokk becomes market leader in Europe


Flokk continues to grow and adds Profim to the group

Press release Oslo, 28 February 2017  
Flokk becomes the market leader in Europe
The Scandinavian originated Flokk Group (“Flokk” or the “Group”), continues to grow and adds to the Group the largest Polish office chairs manufacturer, Profim. By doing so, Flokk reinforces its position as one of the leading players in Europe for office chairs and workplace furnishings. With a total turnover of close to NOK 3 billion and eight strong brands, Flokk will have a clear market leading position in several European markets.
SAVE the DATE for Company Visit to Flokks fantastic working space in Rotterdam June 14, 2018 from 15.00 - 19.00 together with the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Finnish Chamber of Commerce, Norwegan Chamber of Commerce (tba) and Danish Dutch Business Club.
Swedish Chamber welcomes two new members!

We are very pleased and proud to welcome two new members to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Business Network, Apollo Hotels and Handicare Bathroom Safety BV.

  Apollo Hotels Contact Person: Cherryl de Vries   Handicare Bathroom Safety BV Contact Person: Johanna Westera    
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Internship 2018 is now open for applications!

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce provides a dynamic networking platform to promote commercial and industrial relations between Dutch and Swedish individuals and businesses. During the summer of 2018 we offer an internship to a motivated and dedicated student who is at the end of his or her education.

The internship includes:
  • A wide range of work assignments such as communication & social media, event planning and administrative tasks
  • Assist in program planning and execution of the Chamber’s and the Young Professionals’ events
  • Develop and implement the Chamber’s communication strategy
General terms
  • Swedish citizenship
  • The intern must be registered as a student at a Swedish university
  • If the internship is not included in the student’s study program, the institution should verify that the internship is relevant to the student’s education
  • The intern must be insured
  • No compensation will be issued for the internship period and the intern is expected to find his or her own accommodation
  Send application letter and CV with picture to: Last application date:  April 4th, 2018
Visit Sweden moves office

Visit Sweden has moved their Amsterdam office from Herengracht 252 to HNK Amsterdam Arena, Stamanweg 102-108. The phone number +31 20 5206122 will no longer be valid as of February 1st 2018. Other phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

  Contact information: Anne Tusveld, Area Representative Visit Sweden +31 6 53244305   New address: Visit Sweden the Netherlands HNK Amsterdam Arena Burg. Stamanweg 102-108 11011 AA Amsterdam    
Swedish Chamber welcomes three new members!

We are very pleased and proud to welcome three new members to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Business Network. Swedish Chamber New Comer Export Prize Winner 2018 Daloc B.V, Margareta Svensson Fotografie and Solver Benelux B.

  Daloc Nederland Contact Person: Simon Nab Margareta Svensson Fotografie Contact Person: Margareta Svensson Solver Benelux B.V. Contact Person: Anders Rengefors