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The Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Netherlands visits Sweden
On February 15, the first formal meeting between the Dutch and the Swedish Ministers of Foreign Affairs took place in Stockholm. Wopke Hoekstra and Ann Linde discussed, among others, the current situation in and around Ukraine, climate, disarmament, feminist foreign policy & current issues in the EU. Two likeminded countries that have excellent cooperation in the fields of sustainability, innovation and equality.   For more information,
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Netherlands opens up!
After almost two years since the Netherlands confirmed its first case of coronavirus, most of the regulations will be removed. At the press conference on Tuesday evening February 15, 2022, The health minister Ernst Kuipers confirmed that the regulations gradually will be eased until February 25. What you need to know when NL is lifting the regulations:  February 15:
  • the work at home rule will change, where people will be encourage to work at least 50 % at the office.
  • there will be no limit on the number of guests at home.
February 18: 
  • Cafes, restaurants and bars remain open until 1 am, but face masks and social distancing ends.
  • Coronavirus pass will remain in use for one week more.
  • Theatres, cinemas and the rest of the cultural sector can remain open until 1am, no face masks and social distancing.
  • Isolation after a confirmed infection will be cut from seven to five days, providing the final 24 hours are symptom free.
  • Colleges and universities can fill their lecture halls again.
February 25: 
  • The use of coronavirus pass will be removed.
  • Cafes and bars will no longer have to close at 1am.
  • Social distancing will be removed.
  • Face masks will only be required in public transport and on planes.
  • Visitors must have a negative coronavirus test to attend a club or indoor event (1G) with more than 500 people without fixed seatings, but there will be no testing for outdoor events.
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WHY BECOME A MEMBER – CONNECT
Do you need help expanding your Swedish – Dutch business network? The Swedish Chamber offer plenty of networking opportunities through our 40+ events per year, the Digital Newsletter, Social Media channels and through matchmaking and Member introductions. As a Member, you are also invited to host, sponsor or speak at our events. Join our unique network and become a member of the Swedish Chamber. Contact us via info@swedishchamber.nl and we are happy to book a meeting to discuss what the Chamber can do for your company! For more information and to become a member,
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LAUNCH OF WHY BECOME A SWECHAM MEMBER CAMPAIGN
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce will launch its new Why Become a Member Campaign from mid-February, 2022. The Campaign will run for 4 weeks and each week will have a different theme representing the Swedish Chamber's core business and main reasons to join. With the themes Connect, Grow, Establish and Develop we will describe the benefits of being a member and present one representative from the Swedish Chamber of Commerce giving their views on each of every topic. Welcome to follow the Why Become a Member Campaign on our Social Media Platforms. Welcome to like and share with your business relations interested in Swedish-Dutch business and trade opportunities.  
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Thank you for attending the first session of the Women Business Leadership Program 2022
On February 9, The Swedish Chamber of Commerce had the great honor to host the first session of the Women Business Leadership Program – Follow your Passions and your Purpose for Success. We would like to thank Coach , Co-founder MH Leadership, and our two inspirational speakers Benno Dijkhuis, Managing Director Fagerhult Benelux, and Sara Willhelmsson, Director Sales Development EMEA at Snowflake, for their amazing contribution, and all the participants. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce cordially thanks our sponsors: Inter IKEA Systems, Storytel, Fagerhult and our partner: . Due to the current Corona situation in the Netherlands, the launch of the Women Business Leadership Program was held digitally. We look forward to the following sessions which will be held live at Edge Technologies, Amsterdam. Sign up for our next session on June 9, 2022. For more information,
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New date for the 60th Anniversary – June 7, 2022
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce the new date for the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Innovation & Sustainability Summit and Gala Dinner, in the presence of HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden! Save the date June 7, 2022, to make sure you will not miss this exclusive celebration of 60 years Swedish - Dutch business relations. More information will follow within short! For more information, .
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Thank you for attending the hybrid session of the Mentorship Program 2022
This week on February 8, 2022, we had a very successful Mentorship Program session, which was also a hybrid event! Thank you Malin Hedlund, for your amazing contribution and for making this event interesting. We would also like to thank Swati Narwal, YP Liaison, for her presentation as well as all the mentors and mentees. A warm thank you to Hendrik Jan Guitink, the Mentorship Program Coach!
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Majority of COVID-19 restrictions in Sweden to be removed on February 9, 2022

The phasing out of measures in response to COVID-19 will begin on February 9, 2022. As of that date, measures such as the participant limit for public gatherings and events and the possibility to demand vaccination certificates upon entry will be removed. The same will apply to other restrictions, such as the requirement of social distancing between groups and cap on group sizes.

The Government and the Public Health Agency of Sweden have made the assessment that the situation is sufficiently stable to begin phasing out infection control measures. The omicron variant does not lead to such severe illness as previous variants, the pressure on intensive care and other hospital services has not increased in line with widespread transmission of the variant, and the vast majority of at-risk people have now received a booster vaccination. Vaccination is the single most important weapon in the fight against COVID-19. Everyone aged over 12 is still recommended to get vaccinated as soon as possible. This is the best way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19.

Restrictions to be lifted as of 9 February 2022

  • Public gatherings and public events: removal of participant limits, requirement of social distancing between groups and maximum group sizes and possibility to demand vaccination certificates upon entry.
  • Eating and drinking establishments: removal of maximum group sizes, social distancing requirements and obligatory closing times.
  • Trade fairs: removal of participant limits, minimum square metres per person and possibility to demand vaccine certificates upon entry.
  • Shopping centres and venues for cultural and recreational activities: removal of minimum square metres per person.
  • Long-distance public transport: removal of requirement for all passengers to be seated and to wear face masks at busy times or when it is not possible to maintain safe distances.
  • Private gatherings in hired premises, etc.: removal of participant limits.
  • Tournaments, competitions and other major indoor activities: removal of advice against organising such events.
  • Social gatherings: removal of advice to avoid major social gatherings.
  • The participant limits will be removed by government decision, and the Public Health Agency of Sweden has decided to rescind its regulations linked to the act on restrictions to reduce transmission of COVID-19 and the temporary act on communicable disease control measures at eating and drinking establishments as of 9 February 2022.
 
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