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.
View the photos from the annual Crayfish Party on September 15!
We wish to thank everyone who attended the annual Swedish Crayfish Party in Amsterdam! We kicked off the autumn season with our festive Annual Crayfish Party on September 15, together with the Young Professionals, Svenska Klubben and SWEA for an evening of traditional Swedish festivities. On September 15, we welcomed everyone to Roei- en Zeilvereniging De Amstel in Amsterdam to celebrate the end of summer with us. The evening was gracefully lead by Ceremony Master, Aron Vrieler and Toastmaster, Gillis Danielsen. After a welcome drink on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Amstel River, a three-course crayfish menu was served. For dessert, coffee and Swedish Dajmtårta was served! When the hats and bibs were off, the tables and chairs were swept away, and the party continued at the dancefloor together with DJ Percy. Sponsored by: View the photos in the image slider below! Photos by: Jenny Drost.
Final call for early bird offers on the Christmas Dinner and Dance

Final call, don't miss out on our exclusive early bird offers on the Christmas Dinner and Dance on December 14!

Invite your colleagues and business relations to an unforgettable Swedish Christmas tradition with Swedish Julbord and Lucia performances. During the evening the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2018 will take place in the presence of H.E. the Ambassador of Sweden. There will of course also be Swedish entertainment, a fantastic gift raffle, and dancing into the late hours.

Early bird offers are valid until September 15, to secure your seats now.

Registration for #NordicTalks on October 11 is open
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Dutch Chamber of Commerce, and Danish Dutch Business Club would like to welcome you to this year’s NordicTalks. Diversity Summit on October 11 at Epicenter! What does it take to work actively with diversity & inclusion strategies and why does it matter? How do some of our leading Nordic companies work with their Diversity Strategies and what can we learn from each other? Program: - The Nordic Ambassadors will open with introductory remarks - Inspiring keynote speakers - Discussions: Diversity and inclusion on the work-floor - Network reception Speakers: Lena Herder, IKEA B.V Netherlands Gieta Veersma, Sanoma Group Wenche Fredriksen, Accenture Lotta Gunnarsson, Caroline van Nieuwkerk, ISS Moderator: Stefan Wijers For registration of the event, go to our events page!
Third Business Women Program session
Yesterday it was finally time for the third Business Women Program session with Malin Hedlund at Epicenter. It was great to see so many business women from both Swedish and Dutch companies coming together for an evening filled with inspiration and to exchange experiences. Together with Malin, we discussed leadership and  the roles of young women in business. Malin also shared her rules of engagement which included her takes on participation, attitude, energy, having fun and implementation. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership and all participants for making the Business Women Program to a great success. If you missed this session, the fourth Business Women Program session will take place on November 15! Stay tuned for more information. View the photos from yesterday's session in the slideshow below.
The Mentorship Program is looking for inspiring Mentors!
Wilma Buis, Program Coach of the Mentorship Program and Managing Director at Mercuri Urval, welcomes you to register as a mentor for the 2018-2019 Mentorship Program. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program is a 6-month program consisting of 4 mandatory Seminars and workshops, including a final evaluating and closing meeting. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program was launched in October 2012. It strives to provide participants with the opportunity to grow in their careers and to enrich their personal developments by exchanging experiences, views, and knowledge. By utilizing the Chamber’s extensive network of international business leaders, the program offers Young Professionals a unique Mentor experience. How? The Mentor/Mentee couples will be selected carefully according to the application forms by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in close co-operation with the Program Leader. After mentors are paired up with mentees both Mentors and Mentees are participating at the four scheduled Workshops and Seminars throughout the year both as individuals and as a couple. At these Seminars and Workshops, time has also been included for one-to-one meetings between the Mentor and the Mentee.      
A special thank you to Lukas Joel
We wish to thank Lukas Joel and his lovely wife Koosje, for all of the years spent together and the great collaboration during his time as General Consul to Sweden in North Netherlands!

Pictured below: Lukas Joel and Koosje during lunch at Fotografiska in Stockholm