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HRH Crown Princess Victoria visited the Netherlands 7-8 June 2022
HRH Crown Princess Victoria visited the Netherlands on 7-8 June 2022: Sustainability, Innovation, and Equal Rights unite Sweden and the Netherlands. Two strong innovation countries partner up for better support to tech start-ups. Both Sweden and the Netherlands are leading innovation countries. During the visit to Edge Olympic, the Dutch Special Envoy HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje-Nassau for the Netherlands presented how Techleap.nl supports young tech entrepreneurs and discussed with Swedish State Secretary Stina Billinger. Coen van Oostrom, CEO of Edge Technologies, laid out how sustainable office buildings increase productivity and health.   Photo credits: Hanne Hansen Photography   More photos from the Swedish Chamber Innovation & Sustainability Summit and Royal Gala Dinner are available
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Stockholm – Home of impact

Stockholm strenghtens the ambition to become the world’s leading city for social impact investments and startups driven by sustainability and innovation to shape a sustainable future.

Impact startups seek to create positive environmental or social impact while also generating financial returns for their owners. Sustainability is thereby created both in economic terms as well as societal terms. With a growing number of investments being made into these purpose-driven enterprises, the future is already beginning to look a lot brighter.

Over the last few years, the Stockholm startup scene has seen an increase in investors that want to invest “sustainably”, investing with consideration to the environment and human well-being as well as the economy. Today, the growing prominence of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and social sustainability has increased investor awareness about ethical participation in the market. In the report "", you will find examples of impact investing, innovations, and companies from the Stockholm startup scene.

Stockholm has one of the world’s most innovative startup ecosystems and is second only to Silicon Valley in terms of unicorns produced per capita. With its thriving tech industry and commitment to sustainability from the top-down, Stockholm has become a noteworthy player on the global impact scene.

It is our firm belief that our city is well-positioned to become a home for impact unicorns, investment and startups. And we are well on our way to achieving this ambition. In the 2021 article ‘Venture-Capital Record Makes Sweden New Impact Hub in Europe’, Bloomberg states that Sweden raised the most impact funding in Europe in 2021, exceeding Germany and the UK in attracting venture capital funding to companies in line with the SDGs and setting a new record in impact funding.

The new insight report explores the critical role of talent, ideas, innovations and companies in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and Stockholm’s potential to become the global capital for impact investments and startups. The city’s long history as a champion for sustainability, the success of its world-renowned tech scene, and its progressive mindset are identified as attractive advantages for anyone considering investing in Stockholm’s impact companies or starting their own purpose-driven venture.

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THE SWEDISH CHAMBER CORDIALLY THANKS NOVIFLORA FOR THE FANTASTIC COLLABORATION
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce cordially thanks Noviflora Holland BV for the fantastic collaboration and for making it possible to, again, enjoy their amazing flower arrangements this time at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce 60th Anniversary on June 7, 2022, at Hotel Okura. The diplomatic and trade relations between Sweden and the Netherlands go back a long time and every time we have had a reason for celebrations whether it has been the 50th Anniversary of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands or Swedish – Dutch 400 years of friendship and diplomatic relations, Noviflora has supported us and contributed with the loveliest flower arrangements for a festive and beautiful ambiance. As one of the leading floral export companies in Europe and with a close relation to Sweden, Noviflora offers an extensive, high-quality assortment of over 12,000 fresh green & flowering plants and cut flowers. When it comes to sustainability, Noviflora’s thumbs are decidedly green. They care about our planet and our environment and take the social and entrepreneurial responsibility to minimize their ecological footprint very seriously. Noviflora strives to bridge the gap between sustainable entrepreneurship and commercial reality, and always tries to find the right balance between a healthy environment and strong financial results. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very proud of our collaboration for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce 60th Anniversary and we are looking forward to surprising our guests with Noviflora’s beautiful flower arrangements. to read more about our 60th Anniversary.
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BACKSTAGE – ONLY 7 DAYS TO GO UNTIL THE SWEDISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE´S 60TH ANNIVERSARY AT HOTEL OKURA
Only 7 days to go until it is time to celebrate The Swedish Chamber of Commerce’s 60th Anniversary at Hotel Okura Amsterdam on June 7, 2022!   We are super excited to prepare the last details and to get ready to welcome our nearly 200 guests for the Summit and +300 guests to the Royal Gala Dinner in the presence of HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. The event is now SOLD OUT and we are looking forward to a fantastic celebration together!   [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="https://swedishchamber.nl/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Reel-Hotel-Okura-One-week-left.mp4"][/video]
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JOHAN UHLIN – ELECTED NEW CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE SWEDISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FOR THE NETHERLANDS
On May 24, 2022, Johan Uhlin, CEO of Scania Production Nederland B.V, Zwolle and Vice Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce since November 2020, was unanimously elected Chairman of the Board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands by the Board with immediate effect.   Bert Heikens, Treasurer of the Executive Board congratulated Johan Uhlin on his new appointment and thanked him for the way he stepped in and acted for the past 1,5 years as acting Chairman of the Board due to the arisen situation. The Board and Management of the Chamber are very happy to continue the pleasant and very good collaboration that is formalized by today’s decision of the Board.   Johan has also added his comment, see below.   ”I’m very honored, humbled, and proud to be appointed Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. The chamber has played over the past 60 plus years of its existence a vital and important part in the strengthening of the Dutch-Swedish business climate and collaboration between the two countries. As the world now changes rapidly, I’m looking forward to continuing this journey, together with my fellow board members, to support and guide Kerstin and her team in the chamber's efforts to further develop and strengthen the offering in this interesting but challenging environment.”  
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RECEIVERS OF THE SWEDISH CHAMBER BUSINESS AWARDS 2021
On behalf of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands, in co-operation with Business Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden in The Netherlands we are very pleased to announce the receivers of the Swedish Chamber Business Awards 2021. – Swedish Chamber Achievement Award 2021 – Inter IKEA Systems B.V. – Swedish Chamber Entrepreneurship Award 2021 – Lynk & Co – Swedish Chamber Tech for Good Award 2021 – Ericsson The Jury reports will be officially presented at the Award ceremony whereafter they will be published on the Swedish Chamber of Commerce website and distributed in the Swedish Chamber of Commerce “The jury was genuinely impressed by the admissions for the Business Awards. From promising Swedish newcomers in the Dutch market to established companies. From creative ideas to improve everyday lives to smart tech solutions that create impact. Thanks to all companies for sharing their vision and plans.” Ruth de Jager, Country Manager Storytel. Member of the Swedish Chamber Board of Directors and Chairman of the Jury. Members of the Jury: The Ambassador of Sweden H.E. Mr. Johannes Oljelund Mrs. Ruth de Jager, Country Manager Storytel, Member of the Swedish Chamber Board of Directors, and Chairman of the Jury Mr. Tomas Korseman, Trade Commissioner Business Sweden Benelux  
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KARIN EHNBOM PALMQUIST CONGRATULATES THE SWEDISH CHAMBER ON THEIR 60TH ANNIVERSARY ON JUNE 7, 2022.
Karin Ehnbom Palmquist, Chairman of the Scholarship Fund for Swedish Youth Abroad, congratulates the Swedish Chamber of Commerce on their 60th Anniversary. On June 7, 2022, we are welcoming our members, stakeholders, and relations to a full day celebrating the prosperous relationship between Sweden and the Netherlands. The day begins at Hotel Okura with a Swedish-Dutch Innovation & Sustainability Summit bringing together outstanding senior business leaders, entrepreneurs, and politicians from both Sweden and the Netherlands addressing the greater trends facing us. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Innovation and Sustainability Summit is followed by a Royal Gala Dinner both made possible by our Exclusive Sponsors Inter IKEA Systems B.V., Handelsbanken, Saab, and AKD Benelux Lawyers, and our Corporate Sponsors Ericsson, T. Ljungberg B.V., Klarna, Scania Production Nederland, SKF Group, KPMG, Stena Line, Storytel, TieKinetix, Volvo Cars, Heussen, Visit Sweden and in partnership with the Embassy of Sweden in The Netherlands. for more information about the Swedish-Dutch Innovation & Sustainability Summit and Royal Gala Dinner and to sign up!   [video width="1080" height="1080" mp4="https://swedishchamber.nl/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Karin-ehnbom-palmqvist.mp4"][/video]
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OFFFICE CLOSED DUE TO ASCENSION DAY ON MAY 26-27
On May 26-27, the Swedish Chamber office will be closed due to Ascension Day.   For information about the Swedish Chamber of Commerce and upcoming events welcome to visit our website:   For urgent matters please send an email to
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