The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Professor Jan Peter Balkenende, Chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, Jon Abrahamsson Ring CEO, Inter IKEA Group, and Eva Axelsson Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Group Sustainability, SAAB as prominent summit speakers at the upcoming Swedish Chamber’s 60th anniversary on June 7, 2022, at Hotel Okura in Amsterdam.   At this Summit, they will discuss Green Recovery as a game-changer - Sustainability as the motor of green recovery and how business and society jointly achieve sustainable impact. Join us for the Innovation & Sustainability Summit on June 7,  to discuss the fundamental challenges facing us, from disruptions lead by the technological revolution, to climate change and leadership.   The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Innovation and Sustainability Summit is followed by a Royal Gala Dinner welcoming +300 members and guests both made possible by our Exclusive Sponsors Inter IKEA Systems B.V., Handelsbanken, Saab, and AKD Benelux Lawyers, and our Corporate Sponsors Ericsson, T. Ljungberg B.V., Klarna, Scania Production Nederland, SKF Group, KPMG, Stena Line, Storytel, TieKinetix, Volvo Cars, Heussen, Visit Sweden and in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in The Netherlands For more information about the Swedish-Dutch Innovation & Sustainability Summit and Royal Gala Dinner and to sign up,
Dutch Entrepreneur and Swedish Chamber Member Marcel van der Kuil and Swedish research-scientist Sara Riggare invite you to join a ‘Connect, Lunch & Learn’ session on the 10th of May, where Marcel will share his experiences in the ‘Personal Health’ start-up journey of Fitsurance and where Sara will share her insights regarding her research regarding ‘Personal Science’ and her own story related to Parkinsons’ disease. Fitsurance is an active member to the Science-to-Impact start-up community of Amsterdam. Sara is a ‘not patient, but impatient’ member of the science community in Uppsala. Sara and Marcel share a vision, also because given their very personal stories, that the future of Health, Healthcare and Science is ‘personal’. An approach focused on individuals, working with communities of peers and experts and using the potential of Tech like Open Data, AI and Collaborative tools has the potential to completely transform these systems. With more empowerment of individuals, these systems can become way more sustainable, also in a financial way.  has gathered some interesting testimonials in the Netherlands regarding the new paramedic concept of ‘Lifestyle’ coaching, e.g. for people suffering from diabetes, obesitas, depression or work/life challenges. There seems to be sufficient interest for this in Sweden. Join Marcel and Sara for this lunch session, as they will explain what they have done, how they have done it and what they have learned from it, as ‘best practices’ for any Health start-up or Health/Lifestyle-focused scientists. The session will be highly interactive, to make sure everybody can connect! Join the Connect, Learn & Lunch on the 10th of May! A light and healthy lunch will be served.   The event is organized by the Netherlands Innovation Network Sweden ( and is free of charge. Read more    
Mindler is launching the campaign – Being human is ok
On May 4, the Swedish Chamber Member Mindler is launching the campaign, being human is ok. Now more than ever, the world needs a strong voice that breaks down barriers to seeking help. A voice that sheds light on undiscussed issues. A voice that tells us, in an enlightening and comforting way, that it’s ok. That it’s ok to feel things. And it’s ok to seek help. Simply put: Being human is ok. Read more about their campaign and watch the video .    
Welcome to the first Swedish Chamber of Commerce Chamber Luncheon this year on May 24, 2022, at Hilton Amsterdam. At this Chamber Luncheon, we are proud to welcome keynote speaker Adjiedj Bakas, Trendwatcher, Visionary, Speaker, and Author who will share his latest insights on the current topics such as the current geopolitical landscape and the impact of the war in Ukraine, climate change, and green recovery as well as the digital revolution. Adjiedj Bakas (1963) is highly acclaimed with roots in India, Latin America, and Europe. He researches financial, social, cultural, economic, technological, and spiritual trends and interprets these for an array of clients. Bakas is a much sought-after speaker for conferences, strategy sessions, and other business gatherings. He lives in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area in the Netherlands and is a frequently booked speaker at conferences worldwide. His books sold 1 million copies. All participants will receive a signed copy of Bakas's latest book!   At this Chamber Luncheon we are very pleased to welcome The Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Mr. Johannes Oljelund together with many of the Swedish Chamber’s Board Members. We welcome you to sign up and join us!   The Swedish Chamber Luncheons have a long history dating back over more than six decades. Traditionally, the Swedish Chamber Luncheons gather businesspeople from across the Swedish-Dutch community together, offering excellent networking opportunities and meeting up with business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and academics from both Sweden and the Netherlands to share their experiences and insights.   For more information and to sign up, .
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is proud to welcome Stina Billinger, State Secretary for Business, Industry and Innovation and Micky Adriaansens Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate to the Swedish Chamber 60th Anniversary Innovation & Sustainability Summit at Hotel Okura on June 7, 2022.   At this Summit Stina Billinger and Micky Adriaanses will discuss what our national governments are doing to increase innovation and entrepreneurship to secure their forefront position in technology solutions and drive future job creation and growth.   Stina Billinger will contribute with valuable insights to the Swedish-Dutch Innovation & Sustainability Summit which focuses on 21-century Innovation, where the greater trends facing us will be addressed.   Join us at the Innovation & Sustainability Summit on June 7 to discuss the fundamental challenges facing us, from disruptions lead by the technological revolution, to climate change and a workforce with new conditions to relate to. Sweden and the Netherlands celebrate centuries of friendship and trade, and our business and political spheres are tightly interlinked as a result of it. At the Swedish-Dutch Innovation and Sustainability Summit, we look at our joint future ahead, the challenges, and how we can learn from each other   For more information about the Swedish-Dutch Innovation & Sustainability Summit and Royal Gala Dinner and to sign up,  
Three naval ships of the Standing Nato Maritime Group visit Stockholm this weekend. On 29 April, Dutch frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provinciën, entered the Stockholm port of Frihamnen together with two other naval ships of the Standing Nato Maritime Group. During the week, they have also conducted exercises with the Swedish submarine HMS Uppland. The naval visit and exercise activity have been scheduled for a long time.   Naval visits are a regular occurrence and are carried out to allow the crew to rest, and for the ships to bunker food and other supplies. Next week, the SNMG 1 ships will continue to participate in exercises with the Swedish Navy in the Baltic Sea. The exercises aim to improve collaboration and operational capability.   "Nato is learning from Swedish insights and expertise in the operational field, and I appreciate these high-level exercises that we regularly conduct together with the Swedish Navy", says Commodore Ad van de Sande, Commander of the SNMG 1.   Six Nato members have coasts along the Baltic Sea and regularly participate in exercises with the Swedish and Finnish navies. Read more
On April 21, 2022 selected members of the The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands were invited to the Swedish Ambassador’s Residence in the Hague for the Chamber’s first Executive Breakfast Meeting featuring H.R.H Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme, Climate Envoy for the Netherlands. As Climate Envoy, H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme is the dedicated representative of the Netherlands for climate diplomacy. He is to raise international climate ambitions and find common solutions for reducing greenhouse emissions and enhancing the regenerative power of nature. He also sits on the board of the Green Climate Fund, which assists developing countries in adaptation and mitigation.   The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a warm thank you to H.R.H Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme for his very interesting and inspiring presentation on his role as Dutch Climate Envoy and the challenges we are facing moving forward.  We also would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Mr. Johannes Oljelund for hosting the Swedish Chamber’s Executive Breakfast meeting at his beautiful residence and to all guests for their presence and valuable contributions to the discussions.   The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Chamber Executive Breakfast Meetings bring together tailored and differently composed, intimate groups of business leaders for interactive discussions. The purpose of the Executive Breakfast’s is to gather business leaders within the network to highlight specific topics of interest for the group and to create new bonds and synergies.   [video width="450" height="700" mp4="" poster=""][/video]
Managing Director Ingka Investments Krister Mattsson takes on board positions with Stichting Ingka Foundation and other IKEA related Foundations
Krister Mattsson, Managing Director Ingka Investments, will leave Ingka Group on June 10, 2022 and take on board positions with Stichting Ingka Foundation, Stichting IMAS Foundation and Stichting IKEA Foundation and other external board memberships. Peter van der Poel, IKEA Range and Supply Manager and Managing Director at IKEA of Sweden, joins Ingka Group on May 1 and becomes new Managing Director Ingka Investments as of June 10, 2022.
Krister has been with IKEA Group since 1988 and has held various positions in the company. In 2014 he was appointed as Head of Financial Asset Management, today known as Ingka Investments. Ingka Investments is one of three core businesses of Ingka Group and has over the years developed into a business generating lasting financial returns for Ingka Group, while at the same time supporting growth of companies that boost Ingka Group’s business development and the people and planet agenda. “Under Krister’s leadership, Ingka Investments has moved with speed to secure rapid development and quick delivery of new initiatives in areas such as circularity, renewable energy and forestry. Together with his team he has shown that it’s good business to be a good business. We are very pleased to see that Krister will continue to support the vision to create a better everyday life for the many people through his board positions“, said Jesper Brodin, CEO Ingka Group. Peter van der Poel started his career with IKEA in the Delft store in 1993. He worked in the Dutch retail organization for several years before joining IKEA of Sweden in 2010 as a Business Area Manager. He stepped into his current assignment in 2017. “Peter is a strong interdependent leader and ambassador of IKEA values. With his extensive knowledge of the IKEA value chain and his talent for business development, he will make an important contribution to our growth and climate agenda together with the team in Ingka Investments“, said Jesper Brodin.