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Verksamt.se Government service for business
At Verksamt.se you find important government information to entrepreneurs due to the coronavirus.  On this website four government agencies – the Swedish Companies Registration Office, the Swedish Tax Agency, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth and the Swedish Public Employment Agency – have brought together and structured information and services of value to you. Here you will find information due to the coronavirus, which is important for you to know about as a business owner or information if you are a foreign citizen and want to start your own business in Sweden, . These pages are continuously updated. www.verksamt.se
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State of European Tech Report 2020

The most comprehensive dataset of Europe’s tech ecosystem, by Atomico, in partnership with Slush and Orrick and with support from Silicon Valley Bank. Live now.

  Two Sweden based firms topped the list in what's set to be a record year for capital investments i European tech, according to the Atomico State of European Tech report that came out last week. Megarounds for Klarna ($650 million) and Northvolt ($600 million) were the continent's two biggest investments of the year.   Read the report here  
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Christmas Greetings!
Dear Members, The COVID-19 pandemic is testing our society and the past year has  been a stressful and very concerning time for our members and today, as we speak, in the Netherlands we are finding ourselves in a heavily regulated lock down situation. If you need a sparring partner and/or professional juridical or financial advice, the Chamber has a wide range of professionals and companies in our network who can offer help and support to you and your business. Many of those professionals are working bilateral and are aware of the rules and regulations both in Sweden and the Netherlands. Send an email to info@swedishchamber.nl and we are happy to connect you. For the Chamber 2020 has been a lesson in transformation and adaption. We organized more than 50 business programs this year, most of them online, and  we were able to welcome more participants both locally and internationally. We have connected and promoted or member companies and led the way to many new collaborations and business opportunities. The past year has teach us about being agile, the power of collaboration and a strong business communitiy. We are grateful for the fantastic team spirit during the past year and the close connection with all our members. For 2021 we are launching a series of new Business Programs encouraging Business Networking, Matchmaking and to connecting you with the relevant business network. We are are looking forward to continue to support, promote and to help your business to grow and to offer trainings and courses as well as onboarding to the Dutch Market. We are welcoming you to participate in our program by and for our Member companies including:
  • Round Tables in Tech to discuss topics as Tech Talents, The Tech Landscape Sweden  - Netherlands,  Women in Tech and Tech for Good
  • HR Tables – to discuss the  role of the new Leadership,  the continuation, challenges and opportunities with mixed office presence, Business Culture course Sweden – NL offering all you need to know about setting up company, employment law, corporate tax, pensions, housing and business culture among others.
  • Executive Roundtables where we are meeting the leaders and innovative inspirators of tomorrow to discuss  the future of business and recovery of economy and society.
  • A Gender Balance Summit Sweden – Netherlands to exchange experiences, learn from, and listen to each other, meet role models and to inspire to change and improvements.
  • As you all know we have postponed the 60th Anniversary of the Swedish Chamber until November  18, 2021. Please mark the date in your  agenda already and we are looking forward to celebrate  the Swedish Innovation & Sustainably Forum and Gala Dinner together, to discuss the newest business trends and developments and to highlighting as many of our innovative companies as possible and to promote trade and experience exchange between Sweden and the  Netherlands.
  • We are continuing our successful By Members for Members formats where experts within our network is sharing information with an interest and benefit for fellow members. We are also continuing presenting a Women Business Program, Mentorship Program and Young Professionals Program as well as fruitful collaborations with our peers within the Chambers Network.
For more information of all our events and activities for 2021 we welcome you to visit our  Event Series page Event Series – Swedish Chamber of Commerce.   We are very pleased to invite you to contact us for collaboration or to participate as partner,  speaker, sponsor or if you have ideas for topics. Welcome to contact Kerstin Gerlagh, General Manager Swedish Chamber, kersin.gerlagh@swedishchamber.nl Sweden’s unique focus on innovation, sustainability, and equality has created a highly dynamic economy and forms the backbone of the Swedish Chamber. We are looking forward to a more extensive collaboration with the Swedish Chambers International to continue increasing and branding the unique global Swedish business network that we have been for more than 100 years together and to help our members to grow their business internationally. We are also looking forward to continued collaboration with the Swedish Embassy and Team Sweden, The Nordic Chambers and Embassies in the Netherlands and to build on many more business relations with impact and value for our members. Thank you  all for your loyal support and contribution to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in 2020, We wish you all a prosperous 2021 and we are looking forward to continue to featuring and growing a powerful Swedish – Dutch Business Network together! God Jul och Gott Nytt År! Take care and Stay Safe, Yours sincerely, Ehsan Turabaz                                                                 Kerstin Gerlagh Chairman                                                                       General Manager Swedish Chamber of Commerce                               Swedish Chamber of  Commerce Netherlands                                                                  Netherlands                                        
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Sweden and the Netherlands in the top of countries most likely to recover economically from the pandemic

Out of 37 countries, the Netherlands has come in as fourth most likely to recover financially from the coronavirus crisis. This is according to the Global Competitiveness Report by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

  The top three countries are Finland, Sweden, and Denmark. After the Netherlands, China comes in at number 5, then Canada, followed by New Zealand in seventh.  

This is how countries can rebuild competitive economies for people and planet by Saadia Zahidi Managing Director, World Economic Forum

 
  • A country’s economic competitiveness must include how well it supports and protects its people and the planet.
  • According to the Global Competitiveness Report Special Edition 2020, which analysed 37 countries for their readiness for economic transformation, growth and productivity alone are not enough.
  • With equality and the environment front and centre, the priorities for policy-makers are: long-term resilience; education, skills and care; future-ready markets; and innovation.
As 2020 comes to a close, countries are looking to what lies ahead in 2021.  
Facing the ongoing public health crisis of COVID-19 and the pandemic’s lasting effects on the global economy, policy-makers around the world must take this moment to reflect not just on the immediate recovery, but on how this time can be used to transform their economic systems.
Growth and productivity alone are not enough, without addressing inequality and the environment. There is a need to shift policies so that economies make sustainability and social inclusion central to how they function. This requires not just policies to manage environmental externalities or to build safety nets for people, but also those to spur investments that create the greener, fairer and people-focused markets of tomorrow. In other words, a country’s economic competitiveness must include how well it supports and protects its people and the planet.
  Read the article and the full report 2020 here:          
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Lockdown in order to minimise contact between peopl
Coronavirus is once again spreading rapidly. In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of infections, with figures up to around 9,000 per day. The number of patients with COVID-19 in hospitals and care homes is also rising. That has an impact on healthcare in general; more than one million routine hospital procedures have had to be postponed. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to trace the source of an infection. But one thing is clear: the more people a person comes into contact with, the greater their chance of being infected. In order to ensure normal healthcare services can continue, we must take action and limit our contact with other people as much as possible. This is why the Netherlands will go into its strictest lockdown yet from 15 December until at least Tuesday 19 January.
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Stronger recovery in Swedish economy than expected

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The Swedish economy is showing a stronger recovery than expected during the autumn. The labour market situation has also developed more positively compared with previous assessments. The employment rate is expected to be somewhat higher this year and next year compared with the assessment in the Budget Bill for 2021, while unemployment is expected to be lower. However, in the future, activity is expected to be hampered as a consequence of an increased spread of the COVID-19 virus and restrictions. This is clear from the Ministry of Finance’s most recent economic forecast, presented today by Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson.

Swedish GDP increased strongly in the third quarter, and seasonally adjusted GDP growth increased by 4.9 per cent compared with the second quarter. The increased spread of the virus in Sweden and several other European countries, with stricter restrictions as a result, means that activity is expected to be hampered at the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021. Overall, GDP is expected to fall by 2.9 per cent this year and increase by 3.0 per cent next year. Resource utilisation is expected to be significantly lower than normal and the Swedish economy is expected to be in deep recession in both 2020 and 2021. “The recovery in the autumn has been stronger than expected, with strong GDP growth in the third quarter. However, we are seeing an increased spread of the virus again, which is expected to negatively impact activity in some parts of the economy. The positive news regarding vaccines gives hope for 2021, both in respect of people’s health and the economic outlook. However, there is great uncertainty, and much depends on how the spread of the virus and vaccination progress in Sweden and around the world,” says Minister for Finance Magdalena Andersson. Following the dramatic deterioration in the Swedish labour market in the spring, developments have been more positive in the autumn, even if the situation continues to be very serious. The employment rate has been revised upwards and unemployment is expected to be lower compared with the forecast presented in August. Around 30 000 fewer people are estimated to be unemployed and around 30 000 more people are estimated to be employed this year and next year compared with the previous assessment. Unemployment is estimated to be 8.5 per cent this year, and 9.0 per cent next year. General government net lending is estimated to be -3.9 per cent of GDP in 2020. The strong recovery in the autumn has meant that tax revenues have been higher than expected. At the same time, additional pandemic-related measures have been presented since the Budget Bill for 2021. All in all, it appears that the deficit will continue to be large in 2021. “We have introduced historically powerful packages of measures to support Swedish jobs and businesses through the crisis. Together with falling tax revenues, the large general government deficit produces an increased national debt. At the same time, we have had a strong starting position in comparison with many other countries, with the lowest national debt since 1977,” says Ms Andersson.
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What you need to know about travel in Sweden (and abroad) over Christmas and New Year
This Christmas will be different, wherever you are. Many of us living in Sweden will stay put. But if you do need to travel, here are the rules and recommendations to be aware of. Can I travel within Sweden?  Yes. There is no ban on travel between regions within Sweden – as long as you are completely free of coronavirus symptoms when travelling, although the message from authorities is to consider whether your journey is necessary. You should also make sure you travel in a responsible way, limiting your risk of catching or spreading the virus.
"Any travel should take place in a way that minimises the risk of spreading the infection," the Public Health Agency said in its winter advice. "Remember to limit public transport as much as possible. Avoid making new contacts during the trip and at the destination, beyond the smaller circle that you socialise with [your bubble of no more than eight people total]."
Source and read more at The Local Sweden
   
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Nobel Week 2020
Nobel Week 2020 takes place on 5–13 December in Stockholm and Oslo. Many of the events will this year be streamed and possible to follow online. Traditionally the Nobel Laureates travel to Stockholm and Oslo to receive their Nobel Prizes. This year the Nobel organization has taking the medals to them and inviting you to join in all the festivities as they stream the Nobel Lectures, 2020 award ceremonies and much more online at Photo Credits: Werner Nystrand/Folio/imagebank.sweden.se  
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