Upcoming events

September 27, Welcome Reception for the new Ambassador of Sweden

Dear friends,

It is the genuine pleasure of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce to cordially invite the members of the Swedish Chamber, 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, to a welcome reception for the new Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Mrs. Annika Markovic.

We hope that you will be able to join us in extending a warm welcome to H.E. Ambassador Annika Markovic.



17.00 Registration

18.00 Introductory remarks by Ehsan Turabaz, Manager International Sales, IKEA B.V., and Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Welcome by Jon Abrahamsson, Managing Director, Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

Welcome to the Ambassador on behalf of the Swedish organizations in the Netherlands

Address by H.E. Ambassador Annika Markovic

Network Reception

20.00 End of event


Last day to register is September 26, 2018.


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October 11, #NordicTalks – Diversity

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!

  • Diverse and inclusive companies have better competitive edge.
  • Diversity often mean higher financial performance.
  • Diversity and inclusion bridge the talent gap.
  • Diverse and inclusive organizations have increased adaptability.
  • Diversity and inclusion promote creativity and innovation.


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?



Time: 16.00-18.45

16.00 Registration

16.30 Welcome

16.35 Introductory remarks by the Nordic Ambassadors

16.45 Keynote speaker tbc

17.05 Firesite Discussion Lena Herder – IKEA Netherlands and Caroline van Nieuwkerk ISS

17.35 Break

17.50 Firesite Discussion Gieta Veersma – Sanoma and Wenche Fredriksen – Accenture

18.15  Lotta Gunnarsson Booking.com

18.25  Panel discussion Q&A

18.45 Conclusion moderator

19.00 Networking reception

20.00 End of Program


Moderator: Stefan Wijers


#NordicTalks is designed for sharing experiences, knowledge and inspiration from others to get new insights on how to move forward and reach important policy goals in your own environment.

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October 23, 2018 Mentorship Program 2018-2019

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.

The Program
The highly successful program includes one-to-one sessions, seminars, and workshops. It is designed for Young Professionals between 25 and 36 years old with high ambitions to develop and grow. The ideal Mentee has a few years of work experience and knowledge of managing and executing projects.

One-on-one Meetings
One-on-one meetings are encouraged to take place once every six weeks, offering opportunities for in-depth discussions while creating strong personal bonds. There will also be a possibility for personal meetings one-on-one at the seminars and workshops.

Seminars and Workshops
4 mandatory seminars and workshops are scheduled throughout the year to guide you through the Mentorship Program, and to help you reach your goal for personal growth and development, as well as to share experiences and insights with others and building on your business network.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program is open to all members and encourages both mentors and mentees to register.

With this program, MercuriUrval and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, in co-operation, is supporting the next generation’s leaders by connecting Mentees from the Young Professionals with mentors from the Chamber’s extensive network of international leaders.

What makes the difference between a career that thrives and one that stalls? For many in the business world, it’s a mentor. In addition to helping you define your professional development path, a mentor an help you deal with the everyday concerns in the daily job life. While one should never blindly follow in the footsteps of others, the lessons learned from others’ experiences and missteps, can prove invaluable.

The Mentor/Mentee couples will be selected carefully according to the application forms by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in close co-operations 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 couple. At these Seminars and Workshops time has also been included for one-to-one meetings between the Mentor and the Mentee.

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. In between the mandatory meetings the participants are encouraged to plan one-to-one meetings in person or via skype.

During the whole year you will learn about the benefits of having a Mentor or being the Mentor to a Mentee and how to get the most out of a Mentorship relation. You will also build on your (business) network within the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and get to know and share ideas with other members both from the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and YP Young Professionals.

The Participation Fee for Mentors and Mentees for the Mentorship Program 2018-2019 including  4 Seminars/Workshops, Workshop Material and final dinner Euro 30.00 p.p. to be transfered to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce before the start of the Mentorship Program October 23, 2018.


ind our brochure including application form by clicking on Programme below!


Application will be open from 6th of August 2018.

This Program is made possible by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Mercuri Urval sponsored by
Inter IKEA Systems.




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1 November, 2018 Circular Economy Summit

What is happening at European level and in the EU Member States?
How do Sweden and the Netherlands approach Circular Economy?
Which national policies are needed to facilitate this transition?
How do Swedish and Dutch companies work with Circular Economy?
What can we learn from each other?


13.00 Coffee and registration

13.30 Welcome and Introduction
Moderator, Elin Bergman, chairman Cradlenet
Johan Wullt, Head of Press & Media European Commission

13.40 Swedish circular ambitions
Representative from Swedish Ministry (tbc)

14.00 The Netherlands have the most ambitious circular targets
– what’s next?
Rob Boerée, Inspirer at Start Circular and former Director at
the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

14.15 What can the business sector bring to the table?
IKEA, HM, Akzo Nobel and Unilever

15.00 Coffee Break

15.30 C18 Report by SB Insight

15.45 How to make EU a global leader in the circular economy?
Jyrki Katainen, EU Commission Vice President for Jobs,
Growth, Investment and Competitiveness interviewed by
Anders Wijkmamn, chairman of the Swedish Association of
Recycling Industries.

16.45 Final Remarks
Annika Markovic, Swedish Ambassador to
the Netherlands

17.00 – 18.00 Networking Drinks



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November 15, 2018 Business Women Program Leadership Communication

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce exclusive Business Woman Program 2018 presents four seminars for the empowering and support of woman business leaders. The seminars are designed to increase and sharpen your leadership skills and to help yourself to a higher level of efficiency, awareness, and success. Moderator is Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership. We welcome the women from the Swedish Chamber, Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber with a focus to expand leadership communication and strengthen the skills to communicate with others. You can follow any number of seminars you prefer. If you attend all four, the Swedish Chamber will offer you the last one for free!


Date: November 15, 2018 How to promote yourself and sell your products

Time: 18.30 – 21.00


We want to be able to sell our ideas or products, but how do you get others interested and involved in what you’re creating? In this session we focus on the personal brand and image you convey, and how it affects
other people’s perception of, and their confidence in you. Time:

Swedish Fika will be served at all Seminars!

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27 November Mind the Gap Summit

More information tbc

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December 4, 2018 Meet up Number II Mentorship Program

Time: 18.30 – 21.00

Personal development

During this workshop, we will increase our insight in the impact we have, or not have, with our way of behaving in our professional environment. We will work with the core quadrant methodology and use your core competences and strengths from The Strenght Finder to make the exercise practical and personalized.


This Program is made possible by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Mercuri Urval sponsored by
Inter IKEA Systems.



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14 December Early Bird Offer – The Swedish Chamber Chistmas Dinner & Dance

Santa is coming early this year! For you a great opportunity to book a table for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Christmas Dinner & Dance.
Welcome to invite your colleagues and business relations to an unforgettable Swedish Christmas tradition with Swedish Julbord and Lucia performance.
During the evening the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2018 will take place in the presence of H.E. the Ambassador of Sweden. Swedish entertainment, fantastic Lucia Gift Raffle and Dancing to the late hours.


Friday the 14th December 18.30 – 00.00

St. Olofs Chapel
NH Collection Barbizon Palace
Prins Hendrikkade 59-72, 1012 AD Amsterdam


Dress Code: Black Tie



Welcome Reception with Swedish Glögg and gingerbread


Welcome by Master of Ceremony


“Swedish Christmas Julbord”
Swedish “Smörgåsbord”, a fantastic buffee with original Swedish warm and cold culinary dishes traditionally prepared at the Swedish Christmas Dinner and exclusively prepared by our Swedish
Chef for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Christmas Dinner.

St. Lucia Performance

The annual candlelit Lucia procession is a major Swedish tradition with girls and boys in white full-length gowns singing songs together to celebrate Lucia; an ancient mythical figure that represents the bearer of the light in the dark Swedish winters.


Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2018 Award Ceremony
conducted by the Swedish Ambassador

Entertainment and Dance by Swedish artist


Exclusive Christmas Gift Raffle
For the benefit of the Charity organisation yet to be confirmed.



Hotel Accommodation

Special offer for Hotel accommodation by NH Collection Barbizon Palace to be confirmed soon.





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