November 16, 2023 – Patron Dinner

Thursday 16 November 2023
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On November 16th, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce organised its most exclusive event, the annual Patron Dinner, at the Swedish Residence in The Hague. The Patron Dinner was hosted by H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mr. Johannes Oljelund and brought together the Swedish Chambers esteemed Patron Members for an exquisite five-course dinner. The evening served not only as a culinary experience but also as a platform to delve into societal trends, fostering the creation of new connections and synergies.


Johan Uhlin, Chairperson of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and CEO of Scania Production Zwolle in the Netherlands, warmly greeted all Patron Dinner guests and thanked the Ambassador for hosting the Annual Patron Dinner. Later during dinner, the Ambassador held a personal and entertaining speech where he shared take-aways from his time in the Netherlands. For this Patron Dinner the journalist and author Charlotte Boström was invited to give a keynote speech, drawing from her recent publication, ‘Waarom Zweedse vrouwen niet gratis werken’ (‘Why Swedish Women Don’t Work for Free’), to provide valuable insights into gender equality and the labor market, comparing the Netherlands and Sweden.


The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all the Patrons for their attendance and for contributing to the open discussions around their tables. A special thanks to Ambassador Oljelund for graciously hosting the Patron Dinner and to Charlotte Broström for her stimulating and thought-provoking keynote speech.

Patron Dinner

The Patron Dinner is one of the Chamber’s most exclusive annual events. Hosted by the Swedish Ambassador at the Swedish Residence in the Hague. The Patron Dinner brings together Patron Members and outstanding senior business leaders, entrepreneurs, and politicians from both Sweden and the Netherlands addressing the greater trends facing us with the purpose of creating new bonds and synergies. Over the last few years, it has attracted some of the most prestigious keynote speakers in the Swedish-Dutch community.


Photo Credits: Hanne Hansen