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Welcome Reception for the new Ambassador of Sweden
It was the genuine pleasure of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce to host a welcome reception in Delft for the new Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Mrs. Annika Markovic, on Thursday, September 27. Invited were the members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Svenska Klubben, SWEA, Svensk-Nederländska Föreningen, Svenska Skolföreningen, Svenska Kyrkan Rotterdam, Svenska Golfklubben and Cornelis Vreeswijk Genootschap as well as Business Sweden, Visit Sweden and the Swedish Consuls. During the evening introductory remarks were made by Ehsan Turabaz, Manager International Sales Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, and Jon Abrahamsson, Managing Director Inter IKEA Systems B.V. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce also took this opportunity to appoint H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Annika Markovic as Honorary Chairwoman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. On behalf of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and the Swedish Chamber, we wish to welcome the new Ambassador and to thank everyone that joined us in Delft. View the photos in the slideshow below!
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Handelsbanken Executive Dinner
The Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Ehsan Turabaz, and the Swedish Chamber’s General Manager, Kerstin Gerlagh, were delighted to attend Handelsbanken's Executive Dinner with the Board of Handelsbanken on Tuesday September 25th, at the Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club in Amsterdam and to meet with Pär Boman, Chairman of the Board of Handelsbanken. On behalf of the Board of the Swedish Chamber, they wish to thank Handelsbanken for a very inspiring evening. From left to right: Kerstin Gerlagh, Pär Boman and Ehsan Turabaz.
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Erna Versteegden confirmed as keynote speaker at #NordicTalks
We are proud to announce Erna Versteegden, The Changery, as our keynote speaker during  NordicTalks! Erna has over 25 years of international experience gained in marketing, sales, and operations of financial services and business solutions across EMEIA and the US. Erna joins the comprised and well-reputed list of participants, including Lena Herder, IKEA Gieta Veersma, Sanoma Group Wenche Fredriksen, Accenture Lotta Gunnarsson, Booking.com Caroline van Nieuwkerk, ISS Erna Versteegden, The Changery Register for #NordicTalks before October 2!  
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NH Collection Barbizon Palace 30-year Anniversary
On Friday, September 21st we visited Swedish Chamber Member, NH Collection Barbizon Palace, for their30-year anniversary celebration.  NH Collection Barbizon Palace Sales Executive, Fleur Harman, gave Rasmus and Jessica a tour of the impressive Hotel, which included the 15th-century chapel, St. Olof. Today, the chapel serves as a conference center for the Hotel. We are excited to return to NH Collection Barbizon Palace on December 14 for the Swedish Chamber’s annual Christmas Dinner and Dance!
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The Swedish Chamber’s Board welcomes new patron Stena Line
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce's Board Meeting took place yesterday in the beautiful decor of the Koninklijke Industrielle Groote Club's Board Room. On behalf of the Board, we are excited to announce new patron Stena Line together with contact person Annika Hult, Trade Director North Sea at Stena Line. We look forward to great collaborations in the future.

From left to right: Roland van Pooij, Kathy Dolk, Bert Heikens, Ehsan Turabaz, Annika Hult, Jan Sundelin, Wilma Buis, Maria Karlström, Kerstin Gerlagh and Everth Flores.

New patron Annika Hult, Stena Line, together with the Chamber Board Chairman, Ehsan Turabaz.

 
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#NordicTalks preparations with moderator Stefan Wijers
Kerstin Gerlagh and Jessica Almqvist, Swedish Chamber and Lise Heide, Danish Dutch Business Club were very pleased to meet Stefan Wijers, moderator, to plan the upcoming. We welcome you to join us in learning what it takes to work actively with diversity and inclusion strategies and why these strategies matter. We will also learn how some of our leading Nordic companies such as IKEA, Sanoma, ISS, and Accenture work with their Diversity Strategies and what can we learn from each other. Registration open until October 8, 2018    
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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
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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.
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