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:  
River levels in Limburg go down after weekend of flooding
The water level in the Maas river in Limburg is slowly going down after the weekend floods and the local water board says the situation is now under control. In most places people who were evacuated as a precaution have been allowed to return to their homes and the clean-up operation has started. Nevertheless, the risk of flooding is not yet over and many dykes are saturated with water, the Waterschap Limburg said. Sightseers are being urged to stay away from river banks and not to walk along the dykes. ‘Prevent damage and go and walk somewhere else,’ the security board said on its website. Some €5m in donations has now been paid into the Giro 777 national disaster fund. The money will be used to pay for damages in exceptional cases not covered by insurance or the government. Read more at
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Moderator Swe-Cham 60th Anniversary Innovation and Sustainability Summit
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very proud to introduce Patrick Mesterton, co-founder and CEO Epicenter as Moderator for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce 60th Anniversary Innovation and Sustainability Summit November 18, 2021.
Patrick Mesterton is co-founder and CEO of Epicenter. Epicenter is Digital House of Innovation located in the heart of Sweden, Norway and Finland digital landscape. At Epicenter local and international entrepreneurs and companies meet to collaborate, learn and grow their businesses. Before founding Epicenter, Patrick served as CEO for innovations consultancy outfit Result, where he has been an advisor on innovation and internationalization to world leading organizations such as Santander Consumer Bank, Grant Thornton and the Egyptian Central Bank. Prior to joining Result, he spent 15 years within digital advertising and local search industry in various senior executive positions in Sweden, Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.
Patrick has a deep understanding of how businesses can embrace digital opportunities and technology. He is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and creating innovation environments.
Visit our 6oth Anniversary website for more information about the Swedish - Dutch Innovation and Sustainability Summit November 18, 2021.
EU climate action and the European Green Deal
On 14 July 2021, the European Commission adopted a series of legislative proposals setting out how it intends to achieve , including the intermediate target of an at least 55% net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The package proposes to revise several pieces of EU climate legislation, including the EU ETS, Effort Sharing Regulation, transport and land use legislation, setting out in real terms the ways in which the Commission intends to reach EU climate targets under the European Green Deal. At international level, the EU will continue to lead international negotiations to increase the ambition of major emitters ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow (COP26).   Key EU legislation and policies   EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, industry and flights within the EU National targets for sectors outside emissions trading, such as transport, buildings and agriculture Ensuring our forests and land contribute to the fight against climate change Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transport, e.g. through CO2 emission standards for vehicles Boosting energy efficiency, renewable energy and governance of EU countries’ energy and climate policies Promoting innovative low-carbon technologies Phasing down climate-warming fluorinated greenhouse gases Protecting the ozone layer Adapting to the impacts of climate change Funding climate action   International cooperation   The EU is actively working with other countries and regions to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. It promotes ambitious climate action in multilateral fora and in its bilateral cooperation with countries outside the EU. The EU is also a top provider of international climate finance to support developing countries in their efforts to tackle climate change. Aligning action in all areas   Fighting climate change and achieving the transition to a climate-neutral society will require significant investments, research and innovation, new ways of producing and consuming, and changes in the way we work, use transport and live together.   The EU is addressing this by aligning action in key areas, for example:   Energy Environment Mobility and transport Regional policy and the low-carbon economy Sustainable finance Industrial policy Trade and sustainable development International cooperation and development Research and innovation on climate change Sustainable development goals   Read more
Saab to Deliver Combat Training Solutions to the Netherlands
Saab has signed a contract for the delivery of live training systems and services to the Dutch armed forces. The order comprises the supply of new equipment and functionality at 727 MSEK, with a 10-year support contract with an annual value of 66.9 MSEK. The total order over the ten year period is valued approximately 1.4 billion SEK. The contract also has an option for five years additional support following the initial 10-year period. The order includes delivery of an upgraded Mobile Combat Training Centre (MCTC) and reflects Saab’s latest market offer with enhanced functionality and new capabilities. These include examples such as the “Mortar and Forward Observer” capability, which introduces a mix between live and virtual training, also known as blended training. Blended training opens up a new dimension in monitoring exercises, where operators can monitor the whole training area, as well as specific soldiers in augmented reality. It also includes the latest generation of a vehicle simulation platform. The support component comprises of deployable, integrated logistics and operational support to the Dutch armed forces. “This order will ensure that the Royal Netherlands Army and the Netherlands Marine Corps are equipped with innovative, flexible training solutions and the required training capability. This will enable them to train at the point-of-need and as close to reality as possible. At the same time, they will remain fully interoperable with NATO and other allied nations,” says Åsa Thegström, Head of Saab’s business unit Training & Simulation. “This is a long-term solution, which will enhance our training capability and secure the possibility to train our forces domestically, as well as with our international partners. Through this upgrade we will increase our realism and flexibility of our training and improve interoperability with our partners,” says Ltgen. M. Wijnen, Commander in Chief of the Royal Netherlands Army. Saab received the initial order for the MCTC for the Dutch armed forces in 2000, and has continuously delivered upgrades and support services for that programme. This order will extend the lifetime of the capability by up to 15 years. This contract also includes upgrades to the Military Operations Urban Terrain facility, which has been in operation since 2004.   Read more