Stromma Nederland introduces the first electric tourist bus
Stromma Nederland will introduce a Hop on – Hop off bus service in Amsterdam this spring. Two of these Stromma double-deck tourist busses will be electrical which means that Stromma Nederland will be the first to drive double deck tourist busses in the Netherlands.
KLM starts flights to Växjö (VXO) in Sweden
In May 2018 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will continue to expand its medium haul network, with scheduled services to Växjö in south Sweden. KLM will operate a daily flight to Växjö in an Embraer 175 with 88 seats. This brings the total number of European destinations KLM operates directly from Amsterdam to 89.Barry ter Voert, Senior Vice President Europe: ”North Europe is a strong and attractive region where KLM already operates a unique network. We are proud to be the first major international airline to launch daily flights to Vaxjo, the hometown of IKEA”. About Växjö Located in the south of Sweden, Växjö is the capital city of the Kronoberg region. It has an entrepreneurial climate, a renowned university and is the hometown of Ikea. Växjö gives access to nature and outdoor activities and has an excellent reputation for gastronomy.
Vattenfall wins tender Hollandse kust zuid
Today it was announced that Vattenfall is awarded the permit for the Hollandse Kust Zuid offshore wind farm. In December, Vattenfall submitted a bid for this first non-subsidised wind farm in the Netherlands. Vattenfall plans to continue developing the wind farm of 700 – 750 MW which could produce renewable electricity for 1 to 1.5 million homes."This is excellent news for Vattenfall and the Netherlands. It is a significant step for us in view of our ambitions to grow in renewable energy production. We have previously announced that we intend to invest SEK 13 billion (EUR 1.5 billion) in growth investments in wind power for the period 2017-2018. The Netherlands is an important market for us and this will be our second offshore project there. It’s a great honor for us to get the opportunity to contribute with this project to the transformation of the Dutch energy system”, says Magnus Hall, Vattenfall's President and CEO. “Winning the bid for Hollandse Kust Zuid is a result of our continuous cost reduction efforts along our entire value chain and the solid track record and portfolio approach of our company. We are very happy to enlarge our contribution in making the Dutch energy system more sustainable and support our customers, large and small, on their way to become climate smarter”, says Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President Business Area Wind. According the tender rules, the wind farm needs to be fully operational within 5 years after an irrevocable permit. Vattenfall will now make the final preparations for this project including the design of the wind farm, continuation of the internal planning and finalizing the tender process for major components. Facts Hollandse Kust Zuid: 356 km2 in total, located 22,2 km off the west coast of the Netherlands. Total capacity is between 700-750 MW.
Welcome new member!
We are very pleased and proud to welcome Floreijn as a new member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Business Network.Floreijn Group Contact Person: Werner Bredemeijer The Floreijn group is a company specialized in Employee Benefits consultancy, stated in Gouda. We joined the Swedish Chamber of Commerce because since 2017 we are part of Söderberg & Partners, the largest independent consultant and provider of insurance, investments and associated financial products in Scandinavia with their headquarters in Sweden. Since 2007, Floreijn makes pension-, healthcare-, and disability plans refreshingly simple and carefree for companies in the Netherlands. We help, mostly international, companies forward with healthy and sustainable employable workers, by making the most of their insurances. Intelligently we connect employer, employees, insurers and other stakeholders together. In this chain we protect the interests of our customers. Floreijn believes in craftsmanship, simplicity and customer sense. Floreijn once started as a consulting company that wanted to really make a difference. Fast response time, Giving clear and practical advice in an understandable way, that's Floreijn. Because of our growth ambitions and the changing of the advising landscape, we joined Söderberg & Partners (S&P) in 2017. They help us to finance and support our growth ambitions and to develop state of the art IT tooling in the pension, health, individual advice and disability market in the Netherlands. S&P is because of their innovative technologies more efficient, transparent, low-cost and client-centered than the other big consultancy firms in the World. For S&P, the strategic partnership is a new step to introduce their Fintech solutions outside of the Nordics. Since 2018, Floreijn is the partner for the Netherlands of Assurex Global, the world's largest privately-held risk management and insurance brokerage group.
Jan Sundelin, CEO Tie Kinetix new candidate for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors are very pleased to nominate Jan Sundelin as new Board Member candidate to be elected at the Swedish Chamber of Commerc Annual General Meeting April 12, 2018.Jan Sundelin is CEO of TIE Kinetix a software IT company out of the Netherlands with office in Europe, USA and Asia. Jan has lived and work in USA and Europe. Before TIE Kinetix he was CEO and president of TallyGenicom EMEA with was head quarter in ULM Germany. Previously to Jan served as senior vice president for Minolta-QMS Mobile Alabama a company he joined in 1989.
Greens and local parties big winners local elections
Exit polls show mixed results for coalition parties.Yesterday (21 March, 2018) the Netherlands went to the polls to vote for 335 local councils. Following national elections in March last year - these elections are considered to be a first test for the current coalition parties, including VVD (Liberal Conservatives) of Prime Minister Rutte. Following a voter turnout of 55,1%, the main conclusion is that GroenLinks (Greens) and local parties are the big winners. GroenLinks even became the biggest party in 2 main cities (Amsterdam and Utrecht) and local parties gained more than 32% of the votes. The exit polls show a mixed result for the 4 coalition parties. Whereas CDA (Christian Democrats) became the biggest national party and VVD (Liberal Conservatives) ended second, D66 (Liberal Democrats) lost significantly and ChristenUnion (Christian Conservatives) experienced a slight loss. On the far right side of the political spectrum, Forum voor Democratie, a national-conservative party led by Thierry Baudet, participated only in Amsterdam, where it won 5,9% of the votes. Their main rivals, the PVV / Freedom Party of Geert Wilders, participated in 30 municipalities, but did less well than expected, possibly due to the success of local populist parties. Another remarkable result is the success of the pro-immigrant party Denk, which participated for the first time in local elections - in 12 cities - and did well in for example Rotterdam (7,2%) and Amsterdam (6,7%). Alongside the local elections a consultative referendum on the Dutch Intelligence and Security Services Act was held. A slight majority of voters seems to be against this act (48,3% vs 47,1%) - which would provide more authorizations to monitor data and communication to the Dutch intelligence services. The table below shows the preliminary results of the elections - compared to the results of the last national elections (March 2017). It should be taken into account that - due to the success of local parties - the results of national parties in the local elections are relatively poor compared to the national elections. In addition, as several national parties (like PVV, Forum voor Democratie and Denk) only participated in a limited number of municipalities, it doesn't make sense to aggregate their results on a national level. For more information visit
Swe-Cham Partner INAmsterdam invites to Tax Essentials Seminar
Understanding the Dutch tax system is an essential part of your move to Amsterdam. Whether you are looking for help with your tax return, the 30% ruling or any other tax related issues, our INAmsterdam experts are here to help with tips and advice to help you settled in no time.When: Tuesday 20 March, 2018 18.45-20.30 Where: INAmsterdam, WTC Amsterdam Register via: www.iamsterdam.com/tax-seminar
Free Quick Scan in preparation for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
There are less than 85 days before the GDPR comes into effect on May 25th 2018 in all of the European Union and European Economic Area. Through the GDPR, Data Protection Authorities can impose severe penalties on organizations that suffer a data breach resulting in the unauthorized access of personal data.As a follow up to our recent “GDPR: What? Why? and How?” session at the Swedish Chamber and Young Professionals Entrepreneurs Café in February, we’re continuing to help organizations prepare for the GDPR. We are offering a free ‘Quick Scan’ of your internet-facing systems – often the easiest way into your IT environment for hackers. This Quick Scan is a non-intrusive security analysis of your website or application performed remotely by one of our security specialists. This implies a basic black-box penetration test without causing damage or heavy load to the target. Subsequently, a short report will reveal any vulnerabilities found with advice on how to resolve the vulnerability in anticipation of compliance with the GDPR. Simply register by sending us your full name, telephone number and the URL of your organization’s website to and our team will contact you. Happy GDPR from the team at Base! Base Cyber Security T: +318 5303 1267 Follow us