Internship — Autumn 2021

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands is currently looking to welcome a new intern to our office in Amsterdam for the period of 23 August 2021 – 10 January 2022. As an intern, you will be an important part of the team at the Chamber and contribute to the everyday operations of the entire organisation. The internship includes both specific duties to your internship role as well as supporting the office with administrative tasks.

The Internship is located in our office in Amsterdam. Last day to apply: April 18, 2021 Read more :
Swe-Cham Member Qred AB recognized on FT 1000 fastest growing companies in Europe 2021

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands congratulates member company Qred AB for being recognized for the second year in a row in the FT 1000 list of Europe’s fastest-growing companies


The story of the small-business entrepreneur

Once upon a time, a relatively young and hopeful entrepreneur started a small business. Everything was fresh, exciting and a bit unfamiliar. The first thing that needed to be done was to obtain a bank certificate stating that the founder’s hard-earned and saved start-up equity capital had been deposited. With pride, the entrepreneur went to the nearest bank to announce that he wanted to open an account for his new business and deposit one hundred thousand kroner into his account. He enthusiastically described his plans to the inscrutable bank clerk, who asked, “but why have you chosen to come to our bank?” The entrepreneur was taken aback, since this bank had received the prestigious “Best Swedish Commercial Bank” award, but he calmly replied because it seemed like a good business bank. After 15 minutes, the entrepreneur was informed that the bank did not believe in his idea and that the bank therefore rejected his customer application. The entrepreneur felt like he had been doused with a bucket of freezing water. He thought, “how is this possible?” He didn’t want to borrow money, he just wanted to open an account and make a deposit. He started to doubt himself; what if the the banker was right - that he wasn’t cut out for starting a business in the real world? Fortunately, he didn’t give up, and soon found another bank that was more understanding. That young entrepreneur was me. Since then, I’ve often been told that my experience was not unique - that the big bank frequently rejects normal account applications, and makes customers feel insignificant. That makes me upset - especially in light of the fact that 4 out of 5 jobs are created by small business owners and that a nation’s future prosperity largely rests on its capacity to found and nurture new growing companies. Today, 15 years later, I am what is often called a serial entrepreneur. I love creating new businesses and disrupting traditional, archaic industries. First, Televerket’s monopoly was challenged, and then Svenska Spel. Next on the chopping block is banking oligopoly. Through the years I have fortunately been able to establish contacts with cordial and competent commercial bankers, but for new entrepreneurs the challenge remains - or has even gotten stiffer. And that is just to open an account; it is even more daunting to try to obtain capital to grow and develop your business. By and large, obtaining a commercial loan via a larger bank is a lost cause if you do not have a very long track record and a sizeable turnover, or a childhood friend with the bank director. In any case, binders full of documentation are required - business plans, budgets, period accounts and, not least, that you are a full customer with the bank regarding payments, debit card and pension savings, with a considerable sum of assets. We know that small companies are often forced to turn to family and friends for funding or risk missing out on investments and growth. While the big banks are extremely profitable and interest rates are at historical bottom levels, lending to small businesses has decreased to historic lows over the past decade. Eureka!! I just stumbled upon a burgeoning new business idea, I thought. Qred wants to help companies grow. We believe that all companies, from blossoming startups to mature businesses, should get the treatment and respect they deserve. It should as simple to get a business loan to finance an investment, as it is to buy a book online. Moreover, with a well-designed and functioning digital solution, you should expect an answer within minutes, not weeks. And, by saving on town square branch offices, we can also reduce costs. To summarise, our ambition is to help as many small business owners as we can, and to get the oligopoly banks to become just a little more polite and accommodating to their current and potential customers. Emil Sunvisson, CEO and founder Qred ‍  

FT 1000: the fifth annual list of Europe’s fastest-growing companies

Readly — Bringing the Magic of Magazines into the Future

Offering a digital platform with unlimited access to more than 5000 international magazines, Swedish founded Readly is Europe’s market leading company within the category of subscription services for digital magazines. 

Tuff Leadership Training — “Tough practice is what makes a difference”

The Swedish Chamber met with Carl Erik Herlitz, co-founder of Member Company Tuff Leadership Training and facilitator of the upcoming event “Stop Motivating Your Employees'' in collaboration with the Swedish Chamber.

On February 24, 2021 Ann Linde presented the 2021 Statement of Foreign Policy of Sweden
Press release from Ministry for Foreign Affairs

On February 24, 2021 ,  Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde presented the Government’s Statement of Foreign Policy in the Riksdag. This year’s Statement of Foreign Policy was Ms Linde’s second as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

The Statement, which summarises the Government’s foreign policy priorities for 2021, contained a number focus areas. “The focus of this year’s Statement of Foreign Policy is on the Swedish OSCE Chairpersonship and delivering and developing the initiatives that have already been launched. We are deepening the Drive for Democracy, while the work on the feminist foreign policy and the fight against organised crime continues,” says Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde. Naturally, the Statement was also shaped by the current pandemic.   The Statement of Foreign Policy was presented in the Riksdag at 09.00 on 24 February.
Take a trip with Swe-Cham Member Margareta Svensson Photography!
How about going on a trip with me? We’re off to Southern Africa; right now it’s summer there. Imagine that the Corona virus doesn’t yet exist or has already been rendered harmless for humans and animals. Having safely arrived, we head to nature to see places where with their environment.          
8 March, 2021 – International Womens Day Lunch Talk Lisen Wirén, Programme Manager at the IKEA Social Entrepreneurship at Inter IKEA Group

How to be a changemaker – Are you curious to know how to impact people and planet in a positive way?

Only a few weeks left until the Webinar ‘Global Impact of The Dutch Elections’ will take place

Only a few weeks left until the Webinar ‘Global Impact of The Dutch Elections’ will take place


The Netherlands is a country with a strong focus on export. The outcome of the upcoming Dutch elections (15-17 March) will significantly impact international business activities. This is why we are happy to invite you to the webinar: Global Impact of The Dutch Elections on March 30th from 14:00-15:00.

  Join us for a keynote speech of Ingrid Thijssen, president of VNO-NCW, who will reflect on the elections’ results and its impact on doing business internationally. The speech will be followed by a panel discussion with experts such as Cees Westera, Managing Partner at Public Matters, Rem Korteweg, Senior research fellow at the Clingendael institute and Frank Heemskerk, Secretary General European Round Table for Industry, who will shine their lights on the election outcome from different perspectives.                          For more information and to register please visit Upcoming Events