A summer meeting with H.E. Ambassador of Sweden Per Holmström in the lovely garden of the Swedish Residence
A beautiful summer day in July Kerstin and Johanna had a chat with the Swedish Ambassador Per Holmström in his lovely garden about Swedish Chamber adding value to the Swedish Brand name, Trade relations Sweden - the Netherlands, Team Sweden and Young Professionals YP10NL!In what way does the Swedish Chamber of Commerce add value to the assignment of the Swedish Embassy in the Netherlands? We are both part of team Sweden and there is a good reason for that. The Swedish Embassy has a broad task to support and promote trade between the two countries, especially Swedish export and investments in the Netherlands. The Swedish Embassy has well established contacts with official representatives and together with the business network of the Swedish Chamber which is mostly in the private sector, we are able to reach our goal of covering the entire market. How is the Swedish Chamber of Commerce contributing to increase the trade relations between Sweden and the Netherlands? The market itself is mature and it is sometimes hard to reach smaller players that potentially could reach the Dutch market only through government official channels. Therefore, the Swedish Chamber plays an important role with their solid and well-developed network for newly established Swedish companies to become a member and to build their relations and network in their new country. The events and promotional activities of the Swedish Chamber might not show in the statistics straight away but are equally as important as any other work we do to promote the relations because it helps build a long-term and sustainable business society for Swedish and Dutch companies. How is the Swedish Chamber succeeding in enhancing Brand name Sweden in your opinion and how can we improve even more? By offering events and conferences that touch upon sustainability, equality and gender issues, the Swedish Chamber help promote core values that Sweden stands for. The Chamber has hosted several events during the last couple of years that raises these questions and gives a forum for the member companies to elaborate on their thoughts on the subject. A good example is #NordicTalks the annual Nordic event that this year promotes the UN Sustainability Goals. That is a very important topic for Sweden and it relates to many of our values. The Swedish Chamber has also done a great job working with social media and promoting other government officials and public opinion makers who support those values. I see this as a great possibility for more collaboration in the future, working side by side with the Swedish Chamber in our social media presence to promote Sweden. The Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber are turning 10 years as a network. How important is such a network in your opinion and why is it important to give them our fully support? It is extremely important to offer a forum for our young talents that are pursuing an international career or studying abroad here in the Netherlands. The Chamber does a great job offering activities and special events that are directed towards the interests and needs of the Young Professionals, which are not necessarily always the same as for the member of the Chamber. It is in that age and place in life that one needs support and encouragement to be able to build a good professional network that can be useful throughout the career. What is your advice to the Young Professionals? My advice for all Young Professionals is to think outside the box. Don’t be afraid of failures or making wrong decisions. Mistakes create experience. Network… and have fun! The Ambassador would like to congratulate the Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber with their 10th anniversary and is looking forward to the celebrations on September 22!
Meet Remy Steijger, Digital Captains, Digital Marketing & Social Media specialist and Moderator at YP 10 Years!
The Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber are very proud to present Remy Steijger, Digital Captains, Digital Marketing & Social Media specialist and Member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce as Moderator at the Young Professionals 10 Years Anniversary on September 22! Remy is advisor, speaker, trendwatcher and a content strategist and we are looking forward to welcome him to lead the discussions in our Seminar part on September 22! Find out more about Remy and our Keynote Speakers and how to get your free tickets for the event at https://swedishchamber.nl/events/save-the-date-young-professionals-of-the-swedish-chamber-10-year-anniversary/
Swedish Chamber Office Running Full Speed
Summer is eventually coming to an end and it is as of today time to say goodbye to our fantastic summer trainee Johanna. Since Monday this week, it has been full speed in the Swedish Chamber office while introducing the two new trainees Anna and My to all of the exciting events taking place this fall. While we thank Johanna for all her effort and commitment put into the Swedish Chamber’s activities this summer, we look forward towards the fantastic events she has been working on during the time passed. The event calendar this season is packed with everything from social, networking and, business events – something that could suit everyone’s interest. Close to heart is, of course, the Annual Traditional Crayfish Party and the Chamber Luncheon. Furthermore, we are looking forward towards the 10 year Anniversary of the Young Professionals organization. A fantastic evening, free of charge, with amazing guests such as keynote speakers, the fashion show by Filippa K, whiskey tasting by Mackmyra and, much more. If you have not already registered for the Young Professionals 10 Year Anniversary, you will find the link to registration here: http://bit.ly/2tHpSIh
Update Dutch Politics – New Dutch government not expected soon, but don’t worry about it
Public Matters Political Update 09-08-2017
After a two-week break, the four negotiating parties - VVD (Liberal Conservatives), CDA (Christian Democrats), D66 (Liberal Democrats) and ChristenUnie (Christian Conservatives) - have resumed talks to form a new government in the Netherlands. It’s been 147 days since Election Day (15 March, 2017), which already makes it the third longest formation period in Dutch political history. There are essentially three reasons why forming a government is taking so long:
1. Parliament is very fragmented 13 parties are represented in parliament and the largest party, the VVD (Liberal Conservatives), only has 33 of the 150 seats (22%) and the second largest party, Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) only 20 seats (13%). This means that at least four parties are required to form a majority government. 2. The tradition of negotiating a relatively detailed government programme before the government is actually installed In many other countries where coalition governments are common, they often agree on basic guidelines or principles and then deal with differences of opinion among coalition members as they occur. In the Netherlands, a detailed government programme is written, which dictates the policy direction during the life of the government. This lengthens the time it takes to form a government but on the other hand limits the risk of constant disagreements between coalition parties). 3. Most parties have excluded the second biggest party - Geert Wilders' populist Party for Freedom (PVV) - from the negotiations This makes it more difficult to form a government, as it leaves the other parties less options. Although the outcome of the current talks seems difficult to predict, most insiders believe that an agreement is not expected soon – at least not this month. In addition, the following observations with regards to these talks can be made: 1. Main points of difference between the negotiating parties are policies regarding climate, immigration and medical-ethical topics (euthanasia, etc.). 2. Employers’ organisation VNO-NCW and union federation FNV have been invited to provide input to the talks, which could be a sign the negotiations may be entering their final phase. In the meantime, the situation seems fine - both from a political and economic perspective: 1. It’s business as usual, as the old government stays on as care-taker government, led by the current Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, who is very experienced, well-respected across most political parties and popular among the public. 2. The economic conditions are favorable – high economic growth, low unemployment rate and no significant problems with the public finances - following which there doesn’t seem to be any major acute financial or economic issue that needs to be addressed. Therefore, whatever happens, whether a new government is formed soon or it will take a while - the Netherlands are doing just fine, don’t worry about it.
Welcome New Members
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to welcome the following new members:Staffan Landén, Private Member Maaike Gerritse, YP Member Sofia Widén, YP Member Marta Radinovic Lukic We are looking forward to welcoming them to our upcoming evens!
New managing director for Anticimex Netherlands
Marco de Lange has been appointed as the new Managing Director for Anticimex Netherlands as of July 1st. De Lange replaces Dick Bisschop, who after 2 years of dedication has accepted to take on a new role within Anticimex Europe. This was announced the 7th of July by group Anticimex, the leading worldwide expert in pest control and prevention.“Dick Bisschop really succeeded in establishing Anticimex as a leading partner for pest control and prevention within the Dutch market, but also in expanding the company enormously. As a result, we have now acquired eight companies in 13 months. He will now work on the further expansion of Anticimex in Europe.” His successor Marco de Lange, previously working as a Managing Director at Mitsubishi Motor Sales Netherlands, will continue along the path taken by Dick Bisschop. Marco de Lange will mostly focus on the continuity and further assurance of the company’s ethos for all businesses and acquisition partners of Anticimex Netherlands. “I’m looking forward to a wonderful challenge at Anticimex, a company in full growth that wants to be the leader in digital innovative solutions but at the same time, has a great awareness about their environmental responsibility”, says Marco De Lange about his new position. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Dick Bisschop for the excellent co-operation and wish him lots of success with his new European asignment. At the same time we would like to congratulate Marco de Lange and welcome him to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and our Swedish - Dutch Business Network and we are looking forward to continue the excellent collaboration with Anticimex Nederland for the future.
Swedish roots with a touch of orange
An early spring morning fifteen years ago, Roland van Pooij stepped in to the office of what a decade later, would become one of the six home markets of Handelsbanken. He was the first employee to open up a branch for Handelsbanken in the Netherlands and today he is the Chief Operating Officer at the headquarters at Schiphol.Since the start in 2002 the bank has grown steadily, customer-by-customer, branch-by-branch – all in the Swedish Handelsbanken spirit. Today they have 27 established branches and more than 270 employees working to serve the customers of the bank. Handelsbanken has been a member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce from the start and when the Young Professionals was initiated they were one of the first member companies to support the network. For Handelsbanken, the Young Professionals serves as a platform where their employees can develop and grow their professional network. - The Young Professionals of today think differently than my senior colleagues and I, and they are also intuitively aware of topics such as innovation and sustainability. By introducing them to the Young Professionals we can nourish their curiosity and encourage them to keep developing within these fields as well as the core values that we share with the Swedish Chamber, says Roland. Handelsbanken is now strengthening their ties to the Young Professionals by having one of the credit analysts Rens Ramakers joining the Young Professionals Committee. - We are very happy to have Rens chosen as one the new board members in time for the Young Professionals 10 Year Anniversary and we are currently looking into expanding our collaboration with the network to incorporate it as a part of our traineeships and leadership programs, states Roland. The Young Professionals has become an appreciated and well-recognized network among employees and management at Handelsbanken and is being recommended throughout the organization. - We can learn from the Young Professionals and we are proud to be a part of the network, spreading the core values that Handelsbanken share with many other successful Swedish brands such as inclusiveness, sustainability, long-term development and flat organizational structures, says Roland. Handelsbanken is one of the main sponsors for the Young Professionals 10 Year Anniversary Celebration. The company wants to support the network and together with the Young Professionals celebrate the mutual benefits that are being created everyday thanks to the collaboration. - We want to relate back to our Swedish roots as we proceed, but of course with a touch of orange. And that is why Handelsbanken is a proud sponsor of the Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber and their 10 Year Anniversary, continues Roland. Roland, Rens and the Handelsbanken team together with the Swedish Chamber wishes the Young Professionals a happy 10 Year Anniversary and are looking forward to many more years of great companionship.
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