Hästen celebrates 165-year history
Since 1852, Hästens has handcrafted the finest beds from its atelier in Köping, Sweden. Every Hästens bed is handmade using only premium sustainable natural materials and techniques handed down through six generations. Hästens is available in 36 countries, and with more than 200 partners in Europe, Asia and the Americas, this once-modest family business has grown to become a global manufacturer, retailer and Royal Purveyor of premium beds. From the day Hästens made their first bed, natural materials have always played a fundamental role. In 1852 cotton, horsetail hair, wool and flax were superior to other materials and, surprisingly, even today... that remains the case. And, then as it is now, the best way to craft using these materials is by hand. This tradition of hand craftsmanship gives our bed makers a deeply-rooted understanding and mastery of both their art, and the natural materials that are so crucial to its consolidation. In 2017 Hästens announced a ground-breaking design collaboration with the Swedish design duo Bernadotte & Kylberg. The collaboration, in which the Hästens signature blue check has been completely reimagined, consists of the new Appaloosa and Marwari beds, both of which use the construction of the Hästens 2000T bed. This collaboration marks the first time that the Hästens iconic blue check has been reimagined. Hästen is one of the sponsors for the grand Lucia raffle, offering luxurious down boots, sleepwear, and slippers. The Swedish Chamber is very grateful for the donation that is for the benefit of War Child Holland.
Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands is part of War Child’s effort to achieve a huge Lucia Celebration promotion for the benefit of War Child  
This year, War Child Sweden is trying to connect as many Lucia Celebrations as possible for the awareness and help for children living in war zones and to become a light in the dark for those children who need our help. The Swedish Chamber in the Netherlands is very pleased to collaborate with War Child with the exclusive Lucia Raffle at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Lucia Dinner on December 15, 2017. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce cordially thank the following companies for their generous contributions to our Lucia Raffle prize table! For more information about how your company can contribute please contact  
Swedish Chamber Export Prize Award 2017!
Swedish Chamber Export Prize Award 2017
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands, The Embassy of Sweden and Business Sweden are very proud to announce the winner of the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2017. The Swedish Chamber Export Prize aims to strengthen the Swedish-Dutch business relations and has been awarded since 2012 to Swedish related companies in the Netherlands which fulfills the following criteria: Nominated Companies Should
  1. Have a Swedish mother company
  2. Meet high standards of Innovation and Sustainability in their operations
  3. Be able to show a positive development of export and trade with the Netherlands during the past three years
  4. Have a solid financial base and positive performance in the Dutch market
  5. Not have been rewarded with the Export Prize for the past 5 years
  The Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2017 is awarded to:
"Klarna B.V represented in the Netherlands has been awarded the Swedish Chamber Export Prize for being one of the second largest companies within payments methods on the Dutch market. During Klarna’s vast growth in the past two years, the company has been granted a full banking license enabling the possibility to broaden its product portfolio for customers and merchants. The recently announced partnership with PPRO Group allows eCommerce businesses to improve conversion rates and provide a fast and smooth checkout process across Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and the United Kingdom."
This year, for the first time, the Jury has decided to award a Swedish newcomer to the Dutch market to encourage small and medium enterprises with an impact on the Dutch market. The Swedish Chamber Newcomer Export Prize is awarded to:
"Daloc AB represented in the Netherlands has been awarded the Swedish Chamber Export Prize for their innovative and sustainable products and productions methods that are carefully selected to support a strong and ecologically sustainable society. Daloc’s products meet the customer's requirements in terms of function and environmental aspects. Designs and manufacturing methods are selected to minimize the impact on the environment. Daloc has found a first-mover advantage in the Dutch market with their home Security Doorsets that remains airtightness much longer than wooden doors and therefore causes a massive energy win over a longer period of time."
  Award Ceremony takes place at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Lucia Dinner & Dance on December 15, 2017   Members of the Jury: H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mr. Per Holmström Mr. Ehsan Turabaz, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tomas Korseman, Business Sweden For more information: Swedish Chamber of Commerce Business Sweden
Grand Christmas Raffle for the benefit of War Child Holland!
War Child works toward a world in which no child’s life is torn apart by war. Armed conflict is a reality for millions of children today. War Child is committed to supporting these children to overcome their experiences, and have a real chance at a better future. Children and young people have the right to grow up free from fear and violence, to develop to their full potential and contribute to a peaceful future – for themselves and for their communities. War Child believes no child should be part of war. Ever. Join the Christmas raffle at the Lucia Dinner & Dance, on December 15, and help War Child to make a lasting impact by protecting children from violence and offering psychosocial support and education. Last year the Swedish Chamber had a fantastic Christmas raffle where the guests and companies donated amazing contributions for the benefit of War Child Holland. The Swedish Chamber has already received a few exclusive contributions from for example Hotels van Oranje and Mackmyra Whiskey! Would you or your company like to contribute to the Christmas raffle and support War Child? Contact us at
Business Women Program 2017
The successful Business Women Program of 2017 came to its end on November 16 with the fourth and final seminar, moderated by Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership. The program has been very much appreciated and visited by both Swedish Chamber members and Young Professionals. During this year we have had four independent seminars/workshops designed to increase and sharpen leadership skills and to help yourself to a higher level of efficiency, awareness, and success. From February to November, Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership, coached us through topics such as Leadership Identity, Business Empowerment, Being Fit to Lead, and Business Networks. The Swedish Chamber is happy to announce that we will continue the Business Women Program in 2018, with new topics with challenges for female business leaders. We look forward to presenting the new program of 2018 as soon as possible. For the moment, the Swedish Chamber would like to thank Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership for her inspiring work during this year and we look forward continuing working with Malin during 2018! And thank you to all of the amazing women that participated in the Business Women Program and made it to a huge success, we hope to be seeing more of you as well! marathon!
Ruben Brunsveld, Ceremony Master at the Lucia Dinner & Dance!
On December 15, on the evening of the magnificent Lucia Dinner & Dance, the award winner of the Swedish Chamber Export Prize will be announced! Ceremony master for the evening an announcer of the award winner of the Export Prize 2017 is Ruben Brunsveld, Head of Culture and Leadership Enact Sweden. Ruben has worked as a senior advisor at Enact since 2013. He has a passion for the triangle of leadership, communication, and sustainability. His focus is on responsible and values-based leadership with an emphasis on diversity, inclusion and ethical business. He has trained hundreds of high-level private sector executives from Sweden, Russia, the Baltic States, Poland, China, India, Indonesia, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and many other countries in sustainable business and responsible leadership. He is a very experienced process leader, moderator, and speaker as well as a highly valued trainer for the public sector. His list of clients for training seminars in public speaking and international negotiations include inter alia the Ministries of Foreign Affairs in Sweden, Poland and Iceland as well as many governmental agencies, high-level executives and TEDx events. Ruben has a background as a human rights expert and diplomat for the Dutch government, working for the Ministry of the Interior and the Dutch Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.  Before working at Enact founded the Stockholm Institute for Public Speaking. The Swedish Chamber looks forward to welcoming Ruben Brunsveld to Amsterdam in December! Ruben Brunsveld, Head of Culture and Leadership Enact Sweden
Welcome New Member, Interfisc Group!
The Swedish Chamber keeps growing with many exciting member companies! This month we also say welcome to Interfisc Group! Click on the logo to visit their website and read more about what they do.
Meet the Swedish singer Anne-Lie Persson, entertainer for the Lucia Dinner & Dance!
Anne-Lie Persson is born and raised in Östersund, Sweden. Music has always been the given choice for Anne-Lie since both her parents sang and played instruments for the children during Anne-Lie's childhood. Growing up in a singing family made Anne-Lie who she is today and during car trips to Frosviken to see their relatives the whole familiy would be singing all the way to get there! Anne-Lie played oboe as a child and sang in the band "Mångalen" as a teenager. After graduating high school Anne-Lie moved to the Netherlands where she studied music at the jazz conservatory in Groningen and started singing in various bands. If you are not in the Netherlands, you can also meet Anne-Lie and her family in Jämtland, Sweden a few times a year when she is "home" to be with family and relatives and to enjoy the beautiful Hållsta! On December 13 we have the honor of welcoming Anne-Lie and her band Stockholm Tivoli to the Swedish Chamber Lucia Dinner & Dance on December 15! If you haven't already booked your seat or table, welcome to do so by sending an email to and read more about the festive Christmas occasion by !