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Inspiring visit to Captains
On Monday, April 1, 2019, Chamber Chairman Ehsan Turabaz and Kerstin Gerlagh General Manager was invited for a delicious lunch to meet with Remy Steijger and Jop Goslinga, co-founders of Captains in their fantastic iconic office at the old train station in Delft. The impressive young contemporary translation of a digital media & creative production agency has been growing from 2 to 30 employees and with a surprisingly striking portfolio in only four years with Koeman on Wembley, Van der Sar in Manchester, Cristiano Ronaldo on Instagram and closer to home the Chamber of Commerce, Wasserman, PostNL, the city The Hague and Huawei as clients.  With production and distribution under one roof; makers and marketers at the drawing table of each project and a full focus on storytelling, because ordinary commercials and random Facebook-posts can be created by any other agency. ‘It is the combination of old and new that distinguishes us’, says co-founder Jop Goslinga. ‘Storytelling is an ancient way of communicating, digital media relatively young. We are fascinated by both, which makes us a company driven by contrasts. Creativity and technology don’t always go well together in the office, but we make it work. An untameable creative editor works alongside a data analyst. You’d think ‘that won’t work’, but it actually works out really well. They are learning a lot from each other. Even outside the office, about life.’ Remy Steijger who has close connections to Sweden, married to a Swede and spending lots of his time in Sweden, is a well-known face to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.  This year Captains has also become Patrons of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. We are looking forward to following Captains closely in their rapid development and to introduce you to Remy and Jop for all your digital media and creative production questions and to help you tell the story of your company. We are also very pleased to plan for an inspiring company presentation by Captains to the members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce this fall.
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Newsletter No. 05 | March 2019 out now.
Read about Kerstin Gerlagh's (General Manager of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce) visit to Hong Kong for this years Swedish Chambers International's Strategic Board Meeting, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven's visit to Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and Europol and much more in this edition of the Swedish Chamber's Newsletter.  
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Meet Green Furniture Concept the new Swedish Chamber member – a furniture design brand with the user experience at heart
Green Furniture Concept is a global furniture design brand that creates seamless interior experiences for public indoor areas. The company offers exceptional furniture design, first-class services and environmental sustainability that yields original and functional furnishings which engages people to interact with the space they are in. Above all, the concept is human-centric; engineered with the user experience at heart. Value is added by improved visitor satisfaction. The products are seating systems and acoustic lighting. The modular seating series Nova C and IOU give the flexibility to create configurations as unique as the space it is in, with the potential to offer room for both interaction and privacy. The Leaf Lamp is an ambient, noise-filtering and flameproof lighting solution that mimics the organic designs found in nature and is made entirely of natural materials. Sustainability is part of the soul of the company. The ‘Nordic Ecolabel’ is used as a base for all product development. The Nova C series is also certified by ’Sundahus’ and ‘Möbelfakta’. All wood material used is either FSC approved or upcycled. The goal is to use a high degree of recycled material in all metal parts. Good examples of what Green Furniture Concept is capable of can be found in Keflavik International Airport, the Celebrity Cruise Terminal Port Everglades, Stockholm Central Station, Edinburg Airport, London Victory and London Bridge Railway Stations and many, many more airports, railway stations, shopping centers, health care facilities, company entrances etc etc. The company is fast growing and is, with its conceptual approach, redefining a whole industry.   Green Furniture Concept is represented by Heike van Doesburg from Doecision Management. Photos: Green Furniture Concept
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SCI Board Meeting 2019
The Swedish Chambers International's Strategic Board Meeting was this year hosted by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. For the participants, an excellent opportunity to exchange best practices, discuss joint initiatives and strategies for the Swedish Chambers of Commerce abroad. In addition, we got a very interesting insight into the developments in the Greater Bay Area Region, including a visit to Shenzhen, the centre of innovation where business developments are taking place in an amazing tempo. The three-day program included meetings with Business Sweden and Nordic Innovation House Hong Kong and successful Swedish businesses and entrepreneurs both in Hong Kong and in the Shenzhen area, including Daniel Wellington, Viral Access, Flexwork Limited, Handelsbanken and EQT.  
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Company Visit Scania Production Zwolle
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was very pleased to welcome its members to Scania Production Zwolle for a company visit on March 20, 2019. Matthieu van der Haar, Representative Visits & deliveries and Wendy Colenbrander, Country Marketeer, Marketing & Communications Scania Nederland BV welcomed the members and guests and invited everyone to a delicious lunch at Scania Production visitors centre.  Thereafter it was time for a very inspiring and impressive company presentation by Matthieu van der Haar where he introduced the lean working methods of Scania and how they are continuously working with the processes and keeping the wellbeing of the employees, environment and sustainability on the first place. After the presentation, the members were invited to take a ride in the visitor’s train along the assembly lines in the factory to experience how the processes work in reality.  Finally, back in the visitor’s centre Matthieu and Wendy answered the many questions from the members and explained the success of Scania Production’s lean working methods. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Scania Production Zwolle for this highly inspiring and generous company presentation and especially Matthieu van der Haar and Wendy Colenbrander for their great hosting. We would also like to thank all the participants for taking part in the Swedish Chamber Company visit March 2019.  
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Right-wing Eurosceptic Forum for Democracy wins provincial elections
On March 20, 2019, the provincial elections took place in the Netherlands; 56% of eligible voters went to the polls and voted for 12 provincial councils, which are in turn responsible for electing the Senate later this year. These elections were considered critical for the majority of the current coalition parties, including VVD (Liberal Conservatives) of Prime Minister Rutte. The most remarkable results is the huge win of Forum for Democracy (FvD), a right-wing and Eurosceptic party led by Thierry Baudet. Where FvD gained two seats in the lower house in 2017, according to the most recent exit-polls they are set to become the biggest party in Senate (14,4). Although most polls put them at 8 seats in Senate (which would already have been an incredible achievement), they are now set to gain 12 seats. FvD is known for its scepticism, regarding the EU (pro-Nexit) and climate change. The current coalition government is likely to lose its majority in Senate; the VVC will lose just one seat but is coalition partners CDS (Christian Democrats) and D66 (Liberal Democrats) are also set to lose seats (CDA from 12 to 9 seats and D66 from 10 to 6 seats). Coalition partner Christian Union (CU) is set to gain one seat, from 3 to 4. This shift in balance for the coalition means it might be harder to pass bills in Senate and there are only two parties big enough to help them reach majorities - Forum for Democracy and GroenLinks (Green Left). The provincial councils will elect the Senate on 27 May this year and the new senators are to be installed on June 11. After the European elections in May this year, the next elections concern the lower house - in 2021.  
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The 150-year-old-man-rule is broken when Carina Åkerström takes over as Handelsbanken’s fourth CEO since, 2015.
At the Annual General Meeting of Grand Hôtel's Winter Garden on March 27, 56-year-old Carina Åkerström takes over after Anders Bouvin and becomes Handelsbanken's first female CEO. Chairman Pär Boman puts strong faith in her ability to solve tasks "not only a little better but also a little faster" than what you have expected. So how did she go all the way to the top from having, after a law degree at Lund University and language studies at the Sorbonne in Paris, mostly moved home to Kalmar and started working extra at Handelsbanken in 1986?   Source: VA.se
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Visit by member Lars de Vries, BOM.
The Swedish Chamber was very pleased to welcome member Lars de Vries, BOM to our office to discuss The Swedish Business in Brabant program 2019 this fall.  
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