Swedish Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands 

Promoting Swedish business and values in the Netherlands since 1960
By Members for Members

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.


Gothenburg ranked one of the world’s greatest places by Time Magazine
Time Magazine has released its rankings for the world’s best places of 2021, and this year, its attention turned to a Swedish city on the west coast: Gothenburg.   This year, the city of Gothenburg will mark its 400th anniversary with a series of events and exhibits. The main installation from the Museum of Gothenburg, Gothenburg Stories, includes interviews with a cross section of 100 locals about life in Gothenburg, and is on display in a public square through September. In keeping with its eco-centric ethos, the city is expanding Jubileumsparken (Centenary Park)—a waterfront area that includes a playground and a heated pool—and the new Hisingsbron Bridge, which has a midsection that lifts to accommodate river traffic, allows residents to bike and walk over the Gota Alv. More than a dozen new restaurants and bars have also opened over the past year, including Monopolet, with its five-course street-food menu, and Dugges Pils, a beer bar that serves everything from jackfruit tacos to wings with Korean ketchup. —Michelle Tchea   The challenges of the past year and a half have transformed our world, and few industries have been as affected as travel, tourism and hospitality. In many ways, our third annual list of the is a tribute to the people and businesses at the forefront of those industries who, amid extraordinary circumstances, found ways to adapt, build and innovate. It shines a light on ingenuity, creativity, revitalization and reopenings in destinations across the world. To compile this list, TIME solicited nominations of places—including countries, regions, cities and towns—from our international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences. The result: a list of 100 unique destinations, from the idyllic Portuguese town of Arouca, now home to the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, to the continent of Antarctica, which this December will experience a rare total solar eclipse. And while it may not be possible to safely visit each place just yet, they’re all well worth reading (and dreaming) about until it’s time, once again, to explore. To see the full list, and for more information   Photo Credits: Martiman
Sweden: Changed requi­re­ments for perma­nent resi­dence permits

The Swedish Parliament has enacted changes to the Aliens Act, which begin to apply on 20 July. They replace the the temporary law.

The new rules mean that the requirements to receive a permanent residence permit are changing. Among other things, it will be required that each family member must him- or herself meet the requirements in order to receive a permanent residence permit. There will also be changes to who has the possibility of family reunification and who is covered by the requirement to be able to financially support oneself when relatives apply for residence permits.

There are no transitional rules. This means that, if you have already applied for an extended residence permit or a permanent residence permit and have not received a decision before 20 July, your application will be examined according to the new rules.

New requi­re­ments to obtain a perma­nent resi­dence permit

To be eligible for a permanent residence permit after 20 July, you must

  • have held a residence permit for at least three years
  • be able to financially support yourself
  • be expected to live an orderly life.

If you are an adult, you must be able to financially support yourself to be eligible for a permanent residence permit. You show that you can financially support yourself with, for example, income from employment or self-employment. The Swedish Migration Agency cannot yet say how large your income must be to be able to receive a permanent residence permit. More information on this will be published as soon as the rules are clear.

Your family members must themselves meet the requirements to receive permanent residence permits. They can no longer receive a permanent residence permit just because you receive one.

If you do not meet the requirements for a permanent residence permit, you may still be able to receive an extended residence permit if you meet the requirements.

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What does Sweden’s new migration law mean for residence permit-holders?

  One big exemption is introduced in the new law, which was also the case pre-2016: the maintenance requirement is removed for citizens of Sweden, an EU/EEA country or Switzerland who are bringing their spouse or co-habiting partner to Sweden. This makes it easier for people in this category to bring their partners to Sweden. But it is only being removed if the couple can prove they have lived together in another country, or otherwise prove they have a “well-established” relationship. The law does not set out exact details of how you could prove a well-established relationship. Read more at the Local;      
Message of deep sympathies
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands express their deep sympathies to everyone affected by the devastation caused by the most recent severe flooding across large parts of southern Netherlands.
Handelsbanken experiences its best half year ever.
The corona crises have had none or very little influence on the Dutch branch of Handelsbanken reporting its best half year ever. The Swedish bank saw the profit grow with 60% during the first half of the year leaving a profit of 22,8 mln. “The past half year is for our bank in the Netherlands qua results the best half year ever and we see possibilities for further growth. We have a clear focus on mortgage loans, corporate property financing and asset management which connects very well with the desires from our customers to have a personal relation with their bank” says Roland van Pooij, CEO Handelsbanken Nederland in an interview with FD on July 16, 2021. Handelsbanken the Netherlands consists of the branch operations in the Netherlands, which are organised as a regional bank, as well as asset management operations in Optimix Vermogensbeheer. The regional bank offers banking services at 28 branches throughout the Netherlands. For more information: