Registration for #NordicTalks on October 11 is open
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Dutch Chamber of Commerce, and Danish Dutch Business Club would like to welcome you to this year’s NordicTalks. Diversity Summit on October 11 at Epicenter! What does it take to work actively with diversity & inclusion strategies and why does it matter? How do some of our leading Nordic companies work with their Diversity Strategies and what can we learn from each other? Program: - The Nordic Ambassadors will open with introductory remarks - Inspiring keynote speakers - Discussions: Diversity and inclusion on the work-floor - Network reception Speakers: Lena Herder, IKEA B.V Netherlands Gieta Veersma, Sanoma Group Wenche Fredriksen, Accenture Lotta Gunnarsson, Booking.com Caroline van Nieuwkerk, ISS Moderator: Stefan Wijers For registration of the event, go to our events page!
Third Business Women Program session
Yesterday it was finally time for the third Business Women Program session with Malin Hedlund at Epicenter. It was great to see so many business women from both Swedish and Dutch companies coming together for an evening filled with inspiration and to exchange experiences. Together with Malin, we discussed leadership and the roles of young women in business. Malin also shared her rules of engagement which included her takes on participation, attitude, energy, having fun and implementation. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership and all participants for making the Business Women Program to a great success. If you missed this session, the fourth Business Women Program session will take place on November 15! Stay tuned for more information. View the photos from yesterday's session in the slideshow below.
The Mentorship Program is looking for inspiring Mentors!
Wilma Buis, Program Coach of the Mentorship Program and Managing Director at Mercuri Urval, welcomes you to register as a mentor for the 2018-2019 Mentorship Program. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program is a 6-month program consisting of 4 mandatory Seminars and workshops, including a final evaluating and closing meeting. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Mentorship Program was launched in October 2012. It strives to provide participants with the opportunity to grow in their careers and to enrich their personal developments by exchanging experiences, views, and knowledge. By utilizing the Chamber’s extensive network of international business leaders, the program offers Young Professionals a unique Mentor experience. How? The Mentor/Mentee couples will be selected carefully according to the application forms by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in close co-operation with the Program Leader. After mentors are paired up with mentees both Mentors and Mentees are participating at the four scheduled Workshops and Seminars throughout the year both as individuals and as a couple. At these Seminars and Workshops, time has also been included for one-to-one meetings between the Mentor and the Mentee.
A special thank you to Lukas Joel
We wish to thank Lukas Joel and his lovely wife Koosje, for all of the years spent together and the great collaboration during his time as General Consul to Sweden in North Netherlands!
Pictured below: Lukas Joel and Koosje during lunch at Fotografiska in Stockholm
Swedish Chamber moves to Epicenter Amsterdam
Today the Swedish Chamber of Commerce accessed our first desk at Epicenter Amsterdam. We are super excited to start working in our new inspiring environment and to welcome our members to our upcoming event. We are looking forward to introducing our members to our new office and to show the benefits of our new premises for our members. Please feel very welcome to come and have a Swedish fika with us and we would be happy to show you around! Just give us a call at 020 320 3226 or send an email to to make an appointment.
In Memoriam Bo Lindgren 1947-2018
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce has received the sad news that our valued member, Bo Lindgren, has passed away. Bo became the first Honorary Consul General of Sweden on the Dutch Antilles, Willemstad. His company by then was Infotrans N.V. Bo was a very positive and active member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and took part in many of its activities during his years with the Chamber. We all especially appreciated his profound knowledge of Curacao and how to do business there. Bo will always be remembered by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, The Netherlands and we send our sincere condolences to his wife, children and family. Directors of the Board Swedish Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands A note from a friend: I got to know Bo after a reception at the Ambassador’s residence in early 2000, when he lived for some of the time in The Hague. We quickly arranged to have lunch with each other, and quite a few fika, lunch and dinners took place during the years that followed. We became friends for life! During my years working on Curacao, funnily enough, I did not know him personally, but I did know his company Infotrans. At the time it was the largest IT/computer supplier of the island. Later on, I advised during his divestment of the business. Bo was a very nice person, originally from Oskarshamn and Småland. He had a sincere interest in one particular hobby – restoring Hot Rods and old American cars – and we went cruising and rally driving with his beautiful cars. There was a whole garage full of different cars, and once in a while I helped with minor restoration work. He was also a man of the water – a sailor and boating person (as well as Aquarius). I think he had done it all, from Bertrams to sailing yachts, small and big. Sweden is a large country but with a small population – and we found out he had been in a sailing competition in OK and 5-0-5 in the sixties with my cousin. There are so many written memories possible, but what everyone will remember is the person they encountered themselves. When we said goodbye, we left each other with the words: “It was nice to know you and we will see each other later!” Peter Crafoord
Study Trip to Stockholm
The Study Trip to Stockholm is now over and what a great and inspiring two days it has been! We wish to thank everyone that participated, and a special thank you to the Royal Dutch Embassy in Stockholm, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, the Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Klarna, Norrsken Foundation, and Fotografiska. We have also gathered some photos from our days in Stockholm in the slide show below.
SCI Annual Meeting & World Trade Day
On 29 August 2018 Kerstin Gerlagh, General Manager Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands, attended the Annual Meeting of the Swedish Chambers International in Stockholm. The event brings together Swedish Chambers around the world to discuss best practices and topics of global interest and for exchange experiences and topics of global interest. The SCI Board has elected Andreas Hatzigeorgiou, the successor of Maria Rankka as CEO Stockholm Chamber of Commerce as its new Chairman. Maria Rankka, who will be leaving the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce end of September, joins Brunswick. Maria Rankka joined the Chamber in 2010, and under her tenure, it has become one of the most preeminent business organizations in Sweden. In her role, she has championed the concept of Global Cities and collaborated with other international organizations and think tanks including the U.S. thinktank the Brookings Institution and its Global Cities Initiative. Maria helped launch the joint business council between Saudi Arabia and Sweden. During Maria’s Chairmanship of the SCI the association has developed to the professional international organization with lots of member value that it today.