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The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands is a dynamic Swedish-Dutch business platform,
extending commercial relations between Sweden and the Netherlands and creating first-class business services.

We are a nonprofit organization with more than 60 years of experience,
helping entrepreneurs and corporations of all sizes to establish, grow and develop their business.

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Davos 2023 – Speed, Cooperation and Resilience Can Mend a Fragmented World
Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 20 January 2023 – World leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2023 in the first major international gathering of the year to address ongoing economic, energy and food crises while laying the groundwork for a more sustainable, resilient world. While many economists forecast recessionary risks in 2023 and see geopolitical tensions continuing to shape the global economy, there are glimmers of hope that pressures on food, energy and inflation may be peaking. "Our world is plagued by a perfect storm on a number of fronts," said United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, who called for urgent action on a number of interconnected challenges, including the global economic crisis, climate, income and gender inequality, US-China relations, Russia's invasion of Ukraine and the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Now more than ever, it is time to forge the pathways to cooperation in our fragmented world.” World leaders expressed solidarity with Ukraine. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said his country will continue to support Ukraine “for as long as necessary.” He also said that, despite the war, Europe’s largest economy will avoid a recession this year thanks to its efforts to limit the impact of the region’s energy crisis on the economy, and reaffirmed Germany’s goal of attaining climate neutrality. China’s Vice-Premier Liu He declared his country open to the world after three years of pandemic isolation, and emphasized international cooperation, economic stability and re-globalization. Cooperation is becoming more virtual and the Forum’s Global Collaboration Village showed how the metaverse can be harnessed for inclusive and effective international action. With the golden age of artificial intelligence under way, technology will provide more ways to bring people together. “Through the power of collaboration, innovation, human goodwill and ingenuity, we have the capacity to turn challenges into opportunities. This is the spirit of solving problems through mutual respect and cooperation. This is the spirit of Davos,” said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum. As crises converge, so too must the solutions. The Annual Meeting emphasized connections across big systemic challenges. With over 480 sessions, more than 2,700 leaders – including over 350 public figures government leaders and 47 heads of state – came together at the Annual Meeting 2023 to address the world’s most pressing challenges. On geopolitical cooperation On growth, investment, trade and infrastructure On climate, energy, nature and sustainability On health On technology and innovation On jobs, skills and education On equity, inclusion and diversity On arts and culture Click for more information.
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The Four Priorities of the Swedish Presidency
Sweden is assuming the Presidency of the Council of the European Union at a time of historic challenges for Member States and the Union as a whole. Russia’s illegal, unacceptable and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is a threat to European security, with dire consequences for migration, as well as global food and energy supplies. Ukraine is fighting for its survival as a nation – and for the security and lives of its citizens. The EU and its Member States have rallied unprecedented support for Ukraine and will remain firmly by its side. Continued cooperation with trusted partners, including a strong transatlantic link, needs to be secured. European economies are severely affected by Russia’s war as well as the ongoing manipulation of energy supply. Rising inflation levels, interest rates and energy prices have left companies and citizens struggling. While decisive action has been taken, it is imperative that we stay firm in our transition to the green economy and safeguard the basis of our economic model for long-term growth. Our unity and readiness to act remain key to EU security, resilience and prosperity. Read more .
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Swedish Luncheon – Davos 2023
Since 2014 The Swedish Lunch at Davos provides a multi-sector forum to promote Swedish values of sustainability, equality, innovation and inclusive growth. The mission of the Swedish Luncheon is to bring world leaders together, increase global connectivity and share inspiration during the World Economic Forum and to focus on aligning their endeavours with the seventeen goals that conform the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Click for more information.
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Meet the Leader: Ingka Group’s Jeper Brodin The talent crisis you’re not talking about – Davos 2023
More than 100 million displaced people struggle to find new work after fleeing war and chaos. To help refugees and asylum seekers find a true fresh start, Ingka Group (the chief owner and operator of IKEA retail) designed the Skills for Employment Initiative. With its 3-6 months of training in language and other critical job skills, displaced people can find meaningtul work at IKEA or other companies and get a true fresh start. In this episode, Ingka Group CEO Jesper Brodin shared the lessons he has learned from this initiative and how, if scaled, programs like this one could play an important role in everything from tackling labor shortages to strengthening economies. He also shared how programs like this one can reveal key hiring blindspots, ensuring leaders re-examine current hiring approaches to be more inclusive, less slow, and even less biased towards a certain types of profiles. Click to listen to the podcast.  
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