Someone to talk to

The new situations that are at hand and the uncertainty we all live under for the moment is stressful for many people. Sometimes it can help to talk to someone who is listening.

Welcome to contact Swedish Chamber of Commerce Member Maria Scharffenberg. Maria, senior pastor of the Swedish Church in the Netherlands  welcomes you to give her a call if you would like to talk, about concerns of your own, your business or family related.   Maria has over 20 years of experience as a priest and is trained in both crisis management and communication strategies. As a priest, she is bound by the professional secrecy. You can contact Maria by mail, phone or WhatsApp. The languages are Swedish or English. Mail: Phone/WhatsApp: +31 6 23 33 36 33  
Online hackathon Hack the Crisis Sweden 3-6 of April

In this critical moment, our task is to work together to solve one of the biggest crises of our lifetime. Hack the Crisis is an online hackathon organized by DIGG, Hack for Sweden, Openhack and The Swedish Government.

What? In response to COVID-19, we will address multiple challenges all based on the Corona crisis. The three main tracks the hackathon will focus on are: Save lives Save communities Save businesses The mission is to design, test and execute ideas for the future of Sweden and the world. We want to gather creative ideas and develop concepts in an attempt to create solutions helping us make further progress in the ongoing resistance. This hackathon is a context for all parts of society to contribute – public sector, private sector, academia, non-profit organizations and citizens, who want to join in the fight.   When & Where? Starting April 3, running through April 6, this online hackathon is open for anyone to join.   Register at
Special Member offer from Quinyx
With the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacting work and life all over the world, Swedish Chamber Member Quinyx, a workforce management solution, has decided to offer employers free access to their communications modules and mobile app.
Their communications module allows employers to securely and seamlessly message their workforce and it is designed to support quick and easy communication between employers and front-line deskless staff, who often do not have a formal, instant communications channel in place.
Quinyx will provide the communications module and app free of charge for six months, to help employers manage the health and safety of their remote workers and the wider public. The solution can be used to help employers keep all employees updated on the status of the organisation, staff needs, changes to opening hours and new policies or procedures as a result of the pandemic.
If you think this could help you and your business, please read more here:
or get in contact with Quinyx directly at .
CPB: Corona crisis scenarios: recession unavoidable, increase in government debt bearable

Press release

CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis uses four scenarios to outline the possible economic impact of the coronavirus in 2020 and 2021. The scenarios use different starting points with respect to the duration of the physical contact restrictions and the severity of the economic impact. All scenarios result in recession, with GDP declining by between 1.2% and 7.7% in 2020. In our mildest scenario, the economy will rebound as early as in the third quarter of 2020, whereas in our gravest scenario, problems will expand to also include the financial sector and the situation abroad will continue to worsen. This last scenario also projects GDP to decrease by 2.7% in 2021. Under three of the four scenarios, the economic downturn will be more severe than in the 2008–2009 crisis. Read the full Press Release by CPB Netherlands Bureau
Roland van Pooij nieuwe CEO Handelsbanken Nederland
Handelsbanken heeft Roland van Pooij (47) benoemd als CEO van Handelsbanken in Nederland. Hij is de opvolger van Jens Wiklund die de bank op eigen verzoek heeft verlaten. De benoeming gaat per direct in. Roland van Pooij werkt sinds 2002 bij Handelsbanken en bekleedde de afgelopen maanden de rol van waarnemend CEO van Handelsbanken Nederland. Hiervoor was hij bij Handelsbanken accountmanager zakelijk, internationaal kredietanalist, kantoordirecteur, regiodirecteur, hoofd van de afdeling product development/systems/channels/products en Chief Operating Officer. Roland van Pooij: “Ik heb het voorrecht om al sinds de start in 2002 mee te mogen helpen aan het opbouwen van Handelsbanken in Nederland. In mijn nieuwe rol wil ik – samen met mijn fantastische collega’s in alle delen van de organisatie – Handelsbanken Nederland op een prudente en succesvolle manier verder laten groeien.
The Chamber’s operation and services
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce acknowledge that this is a stressful and very concerning time for our members and we would like to do our very best to support all our members and your business in the best way we can. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce team continues to operate and we are available by phone and email during office hours. Chamber Event Agenda Accordingly to the latest information from the Dutch government we have made changes to the March - May calendar of events, including cancellations and postponements. Some events will turn into a virtual setting and go ahead to safeguard the continuation of the programs. We will do our very best to find new dates for cancelled or postponed events and will communicate accordingly. Swedish Chamber Expert Webinars in collaboration with Swedish Chamber UK  We are planning for a series of  informative and interactive webinars and Q&A sessions in collaboration with our colleagues from the Swedish Chamber of Commerce UK with experts within our business network in their respective fields. We are happy to already announce 2  upcoming webinars: March 31, 2020 Webinar and Q&A on leading remote teams and successful online collaboration with Hyper Island April 2, 2020 Webinar and Q&A on staff wellbeing and resilience during times of disruption with Dr Aarti Anhal Please vistit our Event site for more information and registration. We welcome our members to contact us if you would like to participating in sharing your Professional insights, knowledge,experience and information too in a Chamber webinar. The webinars are designed as an opportunity for members to share insights, as well as to support the community in a time of disruption.  Please keep an eye on our website and social media for new digital meetings and webinars.     Ehsan Turabaz                         Kerstin Gerlagh Chairman                                 General Manager
COVID-19 impact on the Swe-Cham activities and links to Dutch and Swedish governments information

Words from the Chairman,

Dear Members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce,

Due to the prevailing situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19) The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to inform you that we follow the Public Health Authority’s recommendations closely. We acknowledge that this is a stressful and very concerning time for our members and we would like to do our very best to support all our members and your business in the best way we can. We will keep you updated on relevant information via our bi-weekly newsletter Swe-News and through our social media channels and website. We are, as so many of you, working from home and we are available for questions or information by email and phone during our ordinary opening hours as usual. We have made changes to the March and April calendar of events, including cancellations and postponements. Some events will turn into a virtual setting and go ahead to safeguard the continuation of the programs. We will do our very best to find new dates for cancelled or postponed events and will communicate accordingly. We are monitoring the situation day by day and implement decisions carefully in order to inform our members regarding upcoming events with the consideration that anything can change in a short time due to the situation. Our biggest concern is the well-being and health of our members and your businesses. Let's stay in touch within the Swedish Chamber community and help each other wherever we can. We will soon send your more information via email and social media. From my business, as you probably have already heard, IKEA decided to temporarily close the IKEA stores in the Netherlands until at least 6 April. The main reason for the decision is the well-being and safety of our co-workers and customers. During this period we will switch our focus from offline to online sales channels and will continue to fulfil e-commerce orders while securing the safety of our co-workers in a controlled environment. Please see respective government’s advice relating to the virus, in Sweden and the Netherlands. / Ehsan Turabaz Chairman Swedish Chamber of Commerce International Relation Leader Inter IKEA Systems B.V. :     .  
Swe-Cham connects You!
We must all change working practices and overcome challenges together. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce welcomes members to join us to offer professional information and assistance to all members within our business network. Contact us if you need a sparring partner and/or professional juridical or financial advice or any other professional guiding. We have a wide range of professionals and companies in our network who can help and support you and your business. Many of them have knowledge and long time experience of doing business in both Sweden and the Netherlands. We will make a personal connection with you to relevant member companies. Welcome to contact us if you have a specific issue and we will help you finding the right person or organisation to help you. Welcome also to all our Member companies to contact us and inform us how they can help fellow members with their expertise in these challenging times. Special offers and member services will be published on the Swedish Chamber of Commerce website with a link to your company and made public in our social media channels.