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Ericsson invites to webinar UnBoxed Office – made for the future
We may be in a time of uncertainty but on May 11, we invite you to join us, our CEO and thought leaders to reinvent the future. Together. Welcome to the Ericsson UnBoxed Office--made for the future.   While we are all apart, being connected together has never been more important. At Ericsson, we have seen things in society change drastically. But with every crisis, there is the opportunity to rethink and reevaluate. We want to host a place for us to share with you what we have seen, to learn from others, and to inspire us all how we can re-invent the future. Therefore, we are inviting you to the Ericsson UnBoxed Office. Join us. https://bit.ly/3b0zuz5
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IKEA – Sweden’s most attractive employer 2020

IKEA receives the award as Sweden's most attractive employer in Randstad's annual Employer Brand Research. 

  Randstad Employer Brand Research has awarded IKEA as the most attractive employer in Sweden 2020, followed by Volvo Cars and Volvo Group. See the full list here: https://www.randstad.se/arbetsgivare/employer-brand-center/resultat/randstad-employer-brand-research-2020/
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Swe-Cham Patron Member Anticimex Number 1 in smart pest control .

Congratulations to Swe-Cham Patron Member Anticimex Number 1 in smart pest control in the Netherlands and globally.

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Webinar May 28, 2020 on how businesses and society can emerge strongly on the other side of the pandemic.
Unprecedented times. But at some point, society and business will return to some sort of normalcy again. But what awaits us at the end of the pandemic? What will constitute the new normalcy? Welcome to this webinar, on how businesses and society can emerge strongly on the other side of the pandemic. What issues will we have to confront and what future opportunities will arise?  
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Swe-Cham Patron Member Ericsson about the critical role of telecom networks in times of containment

The critical role of telecom networks in times of containment

First and foremost, our focus is to assure the Ericsson family including employees, vendors and customers are safe during these difficult times. That being said, as a provider of critical infrastructure for our country, Ericsson also has a duty to ensure continuity of service during this period. Telecom networks play a critical role during containment. What would happen if we no longer have a phone at home to keep in touch with our family, if we could no longer telework, if hospitals have no means of communication, if we no longer have TV and internet? In the Netherlands, as in most of the other countries in the world where Ericsson is present, business activities, operations, project execution, and overall corporate life continue, even though most of them are now done remotely.

Ericsson teams mobilized alongside operators to ensure proper network management

In the Netherlands, more than a hundred engineers and technicians from the support team work alongside operators to help them ensure the proper management of their networks and increase network capacity when necessary. In particular, Ericsson Netherlands has set up a specific support unit to help operators with their network scale-up.

Little or no impact on our ability to supply our customers

As for Ericsson's production sites around the world, at present they are all operational and none have been closed. In accordance with the recommendations of the Chinese authorities, Ericsson's production site in China was closed, but is now being operational again. Ericsson has a global sourcing strategy, close to its customers. Thanks to this strategy, we have production capacities in many countries, for example in the United States, Estonia, Poland, Brazil, Mexico, China and India. The effects we have seen so far on our supply chain have little or no impact on our customers. As a global company, we have a process and organizational structure in place to address potential issues our business may face, both to ensure the health and safety of our employees and to minimize the impact on our operations as much as possible. In Netherlands, we remain attentive to our customers to help them get through this period of high network demand. We continue to . From technology leadership to performance in the field, there is no-one ahead of us. We were first with commercial networks across four continents and have more than 80 commercial 5G agreements or contracts with unique operators, of which 27 are live networks. We have more 5G devices working on our equipment than anyone else and every day we ship enough 5G-ready radios to cover the greater Randstad area. On the back of our largest portfolio in the industry with over  and our leading technology and we are winning market share and stand ready to support government and operators with their 5G ambitions. Ericsson wishes everyone the best during these difficult times. We understand that challenges like the ones we face together today have an opportunity to impact our lives in ways that we could not have imagined. We encourage you to be patient and take advantage of these moments to stay close to family, reconnect with old friends and stay safe. We will keep working to make sure we all stay connected. Photo Ericsson: Everth Flores, CEO Ericsson Netherlands
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Swe-Cham member EQT supports research and testing initiatives in response to COVID-19

The global outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic brings unprecedented challenges and everyone is affected one way or another - humans, societies, businesses and the economy as a whole. People across the world are struggling - with the disease, the pressure of potentially losing their jobs, or at the frontier, where healthcare professionals continue to work under tough conditions.

Today, EQT is proud to announce that the EQT Foundation has decided to support its first initiative in response to COVID-19. A donation of EUR 1 million has been made to the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator (launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust and Mastercard). The initiative is designed to help accelerate the global response to the pandemic by identifying, assessing, developing and scaling up potential COVID-19 treatments. Committed to equitable access, the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator provides fast and flexible funding at all stages, from discovery and development to manufacturing. In addition, the members of EQT’s management team have decided to make a EUR 1 million donation to the academic laboratories at Science for Life Laboratory and Karolinska Institute in Sweden. The donation is earmarked to further increase the capacity for testing for the COVID-19 virus, primarily within the elderly care system. The donation will be made by various members of the EQT management team as private individuals as a contribution to the caregiving of the elderly and most vulnerable in the country where EQT AB is listed. Conni Jonsson, Founder and Chairperson at EQT, commented: “By supporting the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, the EQT Foundation becomes part of a movement of making future solutions accessible to millions of people across the globe. By supporting the Science for Life Laboratory and Karolinska Institute in Sweden in their work to accelerate access to tests, we hope to be able to provide at least some relief in this difficult situation.” Christian Sinding, CEO and Managing Partner, continued: “We are also tremendously proud to see how the whole EQT organization is mobilizing to support those in need. There are so many local initiatives, big and small, and we encourage our staff to continue supporting relief efforts for COVID-19, both by allocating time and donations, which EQT matches through local fundraising programs. The situation is tough, but it is comforting to see all the dedication, creativity and determination to help both people and societies. These actions further illustrate the EQT mindset of making a positive impact with everything we do.” The EQT Foundation was founded in June 2019 by a core group of Partners at EQT with the purpose of hosting and driving EQT’s global philanthropic activity, as part of the firm’s efforts to have a positive impact with everything it does. The contribution is aligned with the EQT Foundation’s strategy; to leverage partnerships and support innovative philanthropy that promote a more inclusive tomorrow. Photo EQT: Conni Jonsson, Chairperson of the Board For more information:  
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April 22, Press Conference with Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven
Today, April 22, 2020, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven held a press conference together with Social Minister Lena Hallengren and Director of Public Health Johan Carlson.   Watch the press conference here:
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Resultaten eerste kwartaal 2020: Handelsbanken Nederland zet groei door
Resultaten eerste kwartaal 2020: Handelsbanken Nederland zet groei door 
  • Nettowinst over het eerste kwartaal stijgt met 7% naar EUR 7,4 miljoen
  • Inkomsten stijgen met 10% naar EUR 24,5 miljoen
  • Kosten stijgen met 11% naar EUR 17,1 miljoen
  • Omvang gemiddelde totale kredietportefeuille stijgt met 17% naar EUR 5,5 miljard
Amsterdam, 22 april 2020 – Handelsbanken maakte vandaag de resultaten over het eerste kwartaal van 2020 bekend. In Nederland, een van de thuismarkten van Handelsbanken, groeit de bank onverminderd door. In vergelijking met het eerste kwartaal van vorig jaar stegen de inkomsten met 10% naar EUR 24,5 miljoen (Q1 2019: EUR 22,3 miljoen). De kosten stegen in dezelfde periode met 11% naar EUR 17,1 miljoen (Q1 2019: EUR 15,4 miljoen), met name door investeringen in verdere organisatieontwikkeling. Het operationele resultaat over het eerste kwartaal was met EUR 7,4 miljoen 7% hoger dan over het eerste kwartaal van vorig jaar (Q1 2019: EUR 6,9 miljoen). Het gemiddelde aantal medewerkers in Nederland bleef met 318 nagenoeg gelijk aan vorig jaar (Q1 2019: 319). Ook het aantal kantoren (29) bleef gelijk.   Rente-inkomsten stegen in het eerste kwartaal met 17% naar EUR 20,9 miljoen (Q1 2019: EUR 17,8 miljoen). De fee- en commissie-inkomsten daalden met bijna 20% naar EUR 2,9 miljoen (Q1 2019: EUR 3,6 miljoen). De gemiddelde totale kredietportefeuille groeide in het eerste kwartaal met 17% naar EUR 5,5 miljard (Q1 2019: EUR 4,712 miljard). De gemiddelde totale kredietverlening aan particulieren steeg met 17% naar EUR 3,224 miljard (Q1 2019: EUR 2,751 miljard). De gemiddelde totale kredietverlening aan bedrijven steeg in het eerste kwartaal met 16% naar EUR 2,276 miljard (Q1 2019: EUR 1,961 miljard). Het gemiddelde totale volume van spaargelden en deposito’s steeg in het eerste kwartaal met 23% naar EUR 1,562 miljard (Q1 2019: EUR 1,266 miljard). Het gemiddelde totale volume van particuliere spaargelden en deposito’s steeg met 22% naar EUR 208 miljoen (Q1 2019: EUR 171 miljoen). Het gemiddelde totale zakelijke depositovolume steeg in het eerste kwartaal met 24% naar EUR 1,354 miljard (Q1 2019: EUR 1,095 miljard). Roland van Pooij, CEO van Handelsbanken Nederland: “Handelsbanken heeft ook in het eerste kwartaal van dit jaar uitstekende groeicijfers laten zien. De kredietverlening aan particulieren en bedrijven steeg met 17% naar EUR 5,5 miljard, een recordhoogte voor Handelsbanken in Nederland. Ook voor spaargelden en deposito’s van particulieren en bedrijven noteren we met meer dan EUR 1,5 miljard een recordcijfer. De sterke groei in volumes toont de stijgende vraag naar ons lokaal relatiebankieren. De gevolgen van de coronacrisis voor onze klanten en de bank zullen naarmate het jaar vordert, helderder worden. We willen ook dit jaar gericht blijven investeren in de verdere ontwikkeling van onze organisatie en stap voor stap verder groeien.”   Photo Handelsbanken: Roland van Pooij, CEO Handelsbanken Nederland Read more:
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