Thank you for 2019 and welcome 2020!
2019 is coming to its end and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all members and relations for your loyal support in 2019 which has made it possible for the Swedish Chamber to once again present a fantastic business program with more than 1500 participants getting connected to discuss important topics and solutions in different fields from AI and tech to sustainability, circular economy, gender equality, HR and mobility.   We have had many highlights and collaborations with the Swedish Embassy such as Circular Economy Summit, Swedish Dad’s exhibition and the last but not least the successful TechBridge Sweden – the Netherlands Women in Tech. But also, inspiring collaborations with our colleagues from other Nordic Chambers by our Annual NordicTalks witch this year covered Artificial Intelligence. But most of all we appreciated the valuable collaborations with the many member companies during the year! In 2020 the Swedish Chamber of Commerce is celebrating 60 years anniversary in the Netherlands. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands is the ultimate platform for entrepreneurs and businesses within the Swedish-Dutch business community. Founded in 1960 – by business and for business – we have represented, inspired and promoted our members, extended commercial relations between our countries, and delivered first-class services and events for 60 years! Sweden and the Netherlands celebrate centuries of friendship and trade, and our business and political spheres are tightly interlinked as a result of it.   In November 2020 we are therefore planning for a Swedish-Dutch 60 year Anniversary Summit and Gala Dinner celebrating Swedish Innovation where we will look at our joint future ahead, the challenges, and how we can learn from each other. The Summit will be about 21st-century Innovation bringing together business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians and academics from both Sweden and the Netherlands to address the greater trends facing us, from tech to climate change, the future workforce or global trade.   The Anniversary year will be highlighted in November 2020 but throughout the whole year we would like to underline the anniversary and the good relations between Sweden and the Netherlands and the excellent business platform of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce built up during the years and to be continued for the future.   We welcome all our members to take part and to take this opportunity to highlight your company, products, and services.
Swedish Chamber’s Christmas Dinner 2019
Last Friday the Swedish Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Swedish Chamber's Christmas Dinner in Amsterdam with fantastic Swedish Julbord, entertainment and a fantastic Swedish Christmas Raffle for the benefit of WarChild. A big thank you to all our sponsors and attendees.
Congratulations budbee to the Swedish Chamber Entrepreneurship Award 2019

Press Release

Swedish Chamber Business Award nomination and jury report - budbee December 2019 The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors have the pleasure to after careful consideration to Award Budbee with the Swedish Chamber Entrepreneurs Award 2019. Background to nomination and summary Jury report budbee, a Swedish logistics technology company, has arrived in 2019 in the Netherlands as their first market outside of the Nordics, since their launch in 2015 Sweden budbee has delivered on ambitious growth and attract strong investments backing. The arrival in the Netherlands of budbee shows the strong positioning as expansion market for Swedish companies, and especially in the field of e-commerce and logistics, by setting up their office, team and launching with NL customers shows that budbee is capable of making a strong and successful market entry. budbee shows an innovative approach to last mile logistics, by making sure the consumer has most of flexibility and control over their delivery, and by making sure this can be done in the most sustainable way, to minimize distances travelled and focus on CO2 reduction. By doing so budbee is a true example of the focus areas on environment and innovation as supported by the Chamber and Embassy. Calling themselves a logtech company, the next generation companies to follow the big Fintech movement, makes them a great winner of 2019 Swedish Chamber Entrepreneurs Award. Amsterdam, 12/2019   Photo: Hanne Hansen Photography
Congratulations Vattenfall to the Swedish Chamber Achievement Award 2019
Press Release Swedish Chamber Achievement  Award nomination and jury report – Vattenfall  December 2019 The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors have the pleasure to after careful consideration to Award Vattenfall with the Swedish Chamber Achievement Award 2019. For more than 100 years Vattenfall has powered industries, supplied energy to people's homes and modernized the way our customers live through innovation and cooperation. Today their aim is to make fossil free living possible within one generation and therefore driving the transition to a more sustainable energy system through growth in renewable production and climate smart energy solutions for their customers.  Fossil fuels will be phased out within one generation, and we are continuing on our path towards a complete phase-out of coal in our heat production by 2030. Customer centricity and sustainability are key for us in attracting customers, talent and investors. Customers are increasingly considering climate impact, social and environmental performance, and energy efficiency when choosing energy solutions and suppliers. Innovative energy sharing platforms will enable customers to sell and purchase renewable electricity. With reference to branding Sweden; Vattenfall has done an excellent job during the last year not only changing their name international to the Swedish Vattenfall (waterfall but also by their new logo embracing the Swedish values. The colours are about showing confidence, transparency and leadership. Inspired by our heritage and the Nordic nature they are used scarcely, leading with white as the leading colour to provide air and space as well as allowing the eye to focus on what is important.  Through the Swedish oriented TV commercials in 2019 they have contributed to promoting Sweden and Swedish values such as sustainability, responsibility, care, leadership and innovation. Amsterdam 12/2019   Photos by Hanne Hansens Photography
DigiD now available in English
Your international colleagues may be interested to know that , required for online access to many official services, is now available in English. Simply select English from the language menu at the start of the application process on the DigiD website.   For more information welcome to visit the website of IAmsterdam:  
Saab receives order for Digital Towers in the Netherlands
Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions (SDATS) has signed a 20 year framework agreement with Air Traffic Control the Netherlands (LVNL) for remote tower systems. SDATS has received an initial order within the framework contract for establishing remote towers at the airports of Groningen and Maastricht and a remote tower center at Schiphol Airport. The framework contract has options for additional airports and functions. Aviation is an integrated part of the infrastructure in the Netherlands, and Schiphol is the second largest airport in Europe. LVNL is a leading and an innovating Air Navigation Service Provider in the core of Europe. “We are proud to be trusted by the LVNL to deliver digital towers for their future air traffic control infrastructure. This contract will be the first to cover a country wide implementation. With our second generation of Digital Towers, the Netherlands will possess new world class capabilities. We see the LVNL as a perfect partner to further enhance our concept in the coming decade, says Per Ahl, CEO of Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions. The digital air traffic control solution is a breakthrough in air traffic control and was introduced during 2015 in Sweden when Örnsköldsvik Airport became the first airport in the world with remote air traffic control. Delivery to the Netherlands project will start in 2020 with initial operations to be started in 2021. “Saab has proven itself capable of delivering a solid Remote Tower technology. The Saab approach distinguishes itself in its attention to the switch from the current way of handling traffic to handling it with a Remote Tower. Saab will support us in the further development of the system, safety analyses, and training courses for air traffic controllers”, says Hans-Peter Spies, General Manager of the Regional Unit at LVNL. Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions AB was formed 2016 as a joint venture between Saab and the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration (LFV). By combining LFV's unique operational experience with Saab's world-class technical solutions, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions can manage the entire process from planning and implementation to the administration of air traffic control services. As a provider of both the technology and air traffic control services, the company offers new and sophisticated digital services to airports in Sweden and abroad. For further information, please contact: Saab Press Centre, +46 (0)734 180 018, Follow us on twitter: @saab Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents throughout the world. Through innovative, pragmatic and collaborative work, Saab constantly develops, adapts and improves new technology to meet the changing requirements of our customers.
Montae and Floreijn join forces in 2020
Press realease from Member Company Floreijn With great enthusiasm, we inform you hereby about our merger on 1 January 2020. The announcement of the merger was announced on Tuesday 10 December: Montae and Floreijn, renowned advisors in the pension, health care and occupational disability market, will join forces as Montae & Partners as of January 1st. The new organization responds to the growing demand for digital innovation, integrated employee benefits advice and the trend towards further individualization. Continuity and growth Montae & Partners has the ambition to further expand its top position in the pension funds and employer market in the years ahead. For Margo Lelieveld of Montae and Theo Stam of Floreijn, the merger is a logical next step in the development of their rapidly growing companies. “We see a growing demand for integrated advice among our clients. Think of a topic like sustainable deployment in which subjects such as pension, prevention, absenteeism and occupational disability come together. The client expects an integrated advice, and our combined advisory strengths enable us to offer that in an even better way.” Theo and Margo continue: “We also see that with the current developments around the national pension agreement and the shift of risks towards the individual, combining expertise with digital innovation has become an absolute must. Together, we can implement this in a more responsible way for both pension funds and employers.” Use of smart technology In this way, the clients of Montae & Partners benefit optimally from the co-operation with the Swedish Fintech company Söderberg & Partners, which uses smart technology that makes advice better and easier. Together, we can improve the quality and widen the scope of our advice to our clients, and make every advice personal. Together even better for you Montae is the biggest provider in the Netherlands for independent board support to pension funds. It is an industry leader in governance and strategy and has a very strong position in the area of financial and operational risk management, investment consultancy and actuarial services. Moreover, Montae offers a wide range of advisory services for pension funds, employers and works councils. Floreijn is a renowned specialist in advisory services for employers and works councils in the field of pension, health care, occupational disability and international labor mobility. Montae & Partners has around 130 employees spread across offices in Rijswijk, Gouda, Eindhoven, Utrecht and the Caribbean. If you have any questions about this letter, we answer them gladly. Finally, we wish you happy holidays, good health and happiness in 2020 for you and all your loved ones. Kind regards, Margo Lelieveld  and Theo Stam
Swedish Insurance Association
Yesterday the Swedish Chamber of Commerce were very pleased to welcome the Swedish Insurance Association to the office for presentations by us, Floreijn and Epicenter Amsterdam. Thank you for coming!