The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to give a warm welcome to our new member Expat Center the Netherlands.
Last #NordicTallks Sustainable Fashion Days Webinar on September 30, 2020
On September 30, 2020 The Swedish Chamber of Commerce were very proud to host the 3rd #NordicTalks Sustainable Fashion Days webinar, part of a series of three, together with our parners of NordicTalk and MissionC and supported by Nordic Council. This highliy interesting webinar was opend by Pierre Hupperts, Chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Garment and Textile Agreement (AGT) who shared the insights and practical examples on International Cooperation followed by a high level panel with representatives from the Nordic countries discussing how to make change happen in the fashion industry and finally the Nordic Ambassadors shared initiatives in their respective countries. Did you miss this webinar? Find the main key takeaways by Moderator Andrea Orsag, MissionC and watch the video recording Sponsored by:
Anders Zorn at KUNSTMUSEUM DEN HAAG from October 10, 2020
10 October 2020 till 31 January 2021
KUNSTMUSEUM DEN HAAG
The Swedish Idyll
From couples in traditional dress dancing on midsummer’s night to a naked blonde woman leading her son through rippling water, the work of Anders Zorn (1860-1920) depicts idyllic scenes that we still broadly associate with life in Scandinavia. Fearing that his country’s traditional way of life was about to disappear, like many of his European contemporaries around the turn of the twentieth century, this Swedish artist set out to chronicle life in his homeland. Zorn’s success as an artist took him all over the world, painting portraits of the great and the good. But in his Swedish work we see a cosmopolitan falling in love with home again after travelling far and wide. Anders Zorn is still well known in Sweden, but he has largely escaped the attention of the public in the rest of Europe. This autumn Kunstmuseum Den Haag will bring together 150 paintings, watercolours and etchings in the first retrospective of his work in the Netherlands, organised in collaboration with Nationalmuseum in Stockholm and Zorn Museum in Mora.For more information about the exhibition and opening times click
Klarna has become Europe’s most valuable VC-backed fintech business
Swedish payments company Klarna has become Europe's most valuable VC-backed fintech business after raising $650 million. Silver Lake led the round, alongside participation from Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC, BlackRock and HMI Capital. The round nearly doubles the company's valuation to $10.65 billion, up from the $5.5 billion valuation it reached last year after raising a $460 million round. Klarna offers a "buy now pay later model," which allows users to spread their payments over three or four installments with no interest. It also has a European banking license, allowing it to offer debit cards and savings accounts in Sweden and Germany. The company saw a surge in demand during the pandemic, as shops closed and transactions moved online. In the first half of 2020, it added more than 35,000 new retailers and saw a 36% year-over-year increase in revenue to $466 million. Now one of Europe's most well-funded companies, having raised nearly $2 billion since its launch in 2005, Klarna hopes to expand in the US, where it already has 9 million customers and is reportedly eyeing an IPO that could occur in the next two years. European fintech startups raised a record $7.4 billion from VCs in 2019, and despite a global pandemic, funding for 2020 has already hit around $5.7 billion, according to PitchBook data. In July, challenger bank Revolut—which until Klarna's latest round was Europe's most valuable fintech company—closed a $580 million Series D at a $5.5 billion valuation. German bank N26 also raised $570 million from existing backers in May. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)
Meet Jennie Rosén, CEO SWEDISH FASHION COUNCIL one of the speakers at the #NordicTalks Sustainable Fashion Days 2020 upcoming Webinar WE KNOW NOW.| Awareness raising
Swedish Fashion Council is an independent organization founded in 1979. It has the aim to promote, educate and innovate the Swedish fashion industry to become competitive and sustainable in all areas. The Swedish Fashion Council supports emerging talent who will ultimately shape the future of fashion. Swedish Fashion Council is also frequently hired as an advisor and for customized seminars, moderators on fashion, interior and lifestyle phenomenon both national as well as international. Over the years we have worked with most Swedish brands within the fashion, interior and trade industry. Today SFC offer "Fashion Intelligence" - business intelligence that focuses on the digitization, sustainability within the fashion and interior design industry as well as consumer behaviour. Swedish Fashion Council´s team consists of an international network of designers, trend analysts and journalists together we create sharp analysis of fashion and lifestyle developments. "Swedish Fashion Council has grown to a relevant and strong institution. The aim is to continue to develop Swedish Fashion Council and in the long run position Swedish fashion as globally leading. I want to encourage the cooperation and increased engagement from companies and politicians to be able to create sustainable and innovative mergers between the different industries that leads to development of existing actors and more interesting start-ups. I also want to keep carry on the important work with research, sustainability and fashion tech to the next level. Develop and encourage more design talents and take care of the history we have created, by strengthen the position of fashion within the art world," says Jennie Rosén.
‘Work from home, don’t hug your friends’: Swedish PM Stefan Löfven’s warning as coronavirus cases rise
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven urged people to get better at following coronavirus recommendations to curb the rising infection rate in Sweden. Sweden had long been spared a large second wave of coronavirus infections as seen in many other countries in Europe, but concern has been growing in recent weeks as the . Löfven said that people had become less careful about following health and safety recommendations, and urged employers to make it possible for their staff to work from home if the nature of their work allows. He also urged people not to attend or organise crowded house parties, keep washing their hands, and not hug their friends. "The crisis is not over, far from it. The things we do right at this stage, we will get back later, and what we do wrong we will suffer for later," he told a press conference on Thursday afternoon. No new restrictions were introduced on Thursday, and none were lifted. The comments made by Löfven on Thursday are in line with what Swedish authorities have been recommending since the peak of the outbreak in spring. Sweden last month discussed raising the limit of people attending public events from 50 to 500 as of October 1st, and it was unclear whether or not this would happen. At this stage, it is only a proposal, and when asked about it, Health Minister Lena Hallengren said the government had not yet made a decision to implement the new rule. She said the proposal to raise the limit was based on a low spread of infection, and while the increase in infections was still "not very steep", she could not say whether a decision to raise the limit would come. "We think we're at a stage now where we don't really know which way it is going to go," she said. Public Health Agency director-general Johan Carlson described the situation in Europe, where several countries are seeing a sharp rise in infections, as "troubling", and said such a development was possible in Sweden, too. He said Sweden was currently seeing a small but widespread increase of community transmission, rather than cluster outbreaks, and urged people to follow social distancing recommendations. "We're seeing this increase in all working-age groups and workplaces are an important source of the spread of infection, and we therefore again want to tell employers to provide opportunities to work from home," he said. A total of 90,289 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Sweden since the start of the outbreak.
Adaptability necessary to emerge stronger post-pandemic
Did you miss the discussions on September 24 at the second part of our high-level webinar series organized by Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK “Emerging stronger on the other side”? Now you can read a summary and watch the webinar in whole as Ylva Berg, CEO of Business Sweden, Cecilia Malmström, Visiting Professor at University of Gothenburg, and former EU Trade Commissioner, James Sproule, UK Chief Economist at Handelsbanken and Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman of Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, and Chairman of Volvo Group, discuss the effects of the pandemic, the ensuing financial crisis and how businesses and society at large meet new conditions for doing business in this “new normal”.
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Third set of corona support measures for entrepreneurs in the Netherlands
The Dutch government has announced an extension of the support measures for businesses. The new, third set of support measures comes into effect on 1 October, and spans a longer period than the previous ones: businesses will be able to claim support to help them cope with the corona crisis until the summer of 2021. There will be new conditions in place for some schemes. Read what changes per financial measure on this page. This information is provided byNetherlands Chamber of Commerce, KVK | Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO | Tax and Customs Administration, BelastingdienstPlease note: the information on this page will continue to be updated as details emerge.