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Prinsjesdag 2023: The new Dutch Government Budget
Today, on Prinsjesdag, the Netherlands witnessed a pivotal moment in its political calendar as the Dutch government unveiled its budget for the year ahead. This annual tradition takes place in The Hague, with the King delivering a speech. The day outlines the government's financial priorities and policy agenda for the coming year. This year's budget presentation was closely watched, with a focus on, for instance, energy, defense and security, housing, transport, healthcare, education, and measures to address pressing social issues. As the nation anticipates the details, Prinsjesdag serves as a symbolic and practical reminder of the government's role in shaping the future of the Netherlands. Swedish Chamber member Public Matters writes the following: "On Budget Day (known as ‘Prinsjesdag’), the third Tuesday of September, the Dutch government announces its plans and ambitions for the coming year. Traditionally, the King is first to present the plans in his annual King’s Speech (‘Troonrede’). This year (yesterday – 19 September), the current caretaker Cabinet of Prime Minister Rutte presented its 2024 budget of a total of 433,6 billion euros, including a deficit of 30,7 billion euros. Key measures include a 2 billion euro plan to boost purchasing power and prevent more households from falling into poverty, and higher taxes for wealthier households and smaller businesses. After yesterday’s presentation, a cycle of parliamentary debates will follow. The budgets of all ministries must be approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate, but it’s yet unclear whether this will happen before or after the upcoming national elections on 22 November this year." Read more about the details of the Dutch Government Budget for the upcoming year on Public Matter's website .  
A crucial dialogue on diversity’s strengthening role in tech companies
In collaboration with SKF, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce was proud to host the third Tech Table event, titled ‘Diversity in Tech,’ on September 14, 2023, at SKF Netherlands in Houten. This event represented a unique fusion of our popular Swedish Chamber Tech Table series and our Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast series. The overarching goal of the Diversity & Inclusion Breakfast series is to inspire and empower business leaders to foster inclusive and diverse work environments. During the event, it was recognized that diverse and inclusive teams are not only instrumental in innovative problem-solving but also in attracting top talent and ensuring long-term profitability for tech companies. Hence, delving into these critical topics was imperative for the success, growth, and well-being of tech enterprises. A special highlight of the event was the presence of the esteemed keynote speakers, Annika Ölme and Dr. Cara Antoine, who offered their invaluable perspectives on diversity, drawing from their personal experiences as two CTOs in leading international companies. They also highlighted interesting research about the positive impacts that proactive diversity initiatives bring to tech companies:
“You have 20 percent more innovation and 30 percent less risk in a diverse company.” – Annika Ölme “The need for role models, allyship, and visibility are key features in incorporating diversity in tech. Think about how you can shine a spotlight on the perhaps hidden figures in your organizations. Invite them, network with them, select them, mix.” – Dr. Cara Antoine
Read more about the event .
Welcome Vahlkamp, our new corpote member!
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce are proud to introduce Vahlkamp as our distinguished new corporate member, and excited to have them enrich our expansive network. Valhkamp focus on care technology, and describe the following: "Vahlkamp has been active in the development and production of wireless alarm systems for the needy in society for almost 40 years. In our business philosophy, we constantly strive making ideal combinations between simplicity, functionality and affordability; products that matter, always based on the idea that safety, rest and trust are core values ​​when it comes to helping the most vulnerable groups in our society. Vahlkamp is committed to developing products based on specific questions from the target group." Read more about Vahlkamp on.
18 September: Day of Allemansrätten – Sweden’s unique Right to Public Access
Information from  "The Right of Public Access" or "Allemansrätten" as we call it, gives everyone the freedom to roam and explore the beauty of our country. As long as you don't disturb and don't destroy, you are welcome to enjoy Sweden's nature as much as you want. The Right of Public Access is a principle, protected by the law, that gives all people in Sweden the freedom to roam free in nature. Sleep on mountaintops, by the lakes, in quiet forests or beautiful meadows. Take the kayak out for a spin or experience the wildlife firsthand. Pick berries, mushrooms and flowers from the ground – all completely free of charge. The only thing you have to pay, is respect for nature and the animals living there. The freedom to roam in Sweden means that you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house or land under cultivation. We call it 'Allemansrätten'. Literally, it translates to "The all mans right" which means that everyone has the right to roam in the Swedish nature. The Right of Public Access is a unique right, but with this right comes responsibilities – to take care of nature and wildlife and to show consideration for landowners and for other people enjoying the countryside. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sums up the Right of Public Access in the phrase 'Don’t disturb – Don’t destroy'. Keep these words in mind when exploring the Swedish nature. Read more on . Photo Credits: Ulf Lundin/