Welcome New Member Accountor Nederland BV
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce are very honored to give a warm welcome to Accountor Nederland B.V.  We are looking forward to welcome Frank Mostert and his colleagues to the Swedish Dutch Business network.   About Accountor We have over 100 offices around Northern Europe, with over 2300 professionals helping our clients to succeed. We are the largest financial and HR services company in Northern Europe. Size does matter, because we want to be the closest to our clients and invest in their future. We aim to continuously reinvent financial services. We are investing heavily in new digital services and developing our staff to become better financial management professionals. Everything we do is for our clients' benefit. We are happy to serve both large international clients and smaller companies. We are a people business – it’s all about the relationship between you and us. We want to offer you the highest quality customer experience in both digital and personal services.    
Welcome to read Newsletter No. 12, 2019


The Swedish Chamber of Commerce wishes you a wonderful summer! We will take a short break from hosting events until end of August and in the meantime, we will prepare for our many inspiring and exiting events in the fall starting with the Business Update to Stockholm on August 28-29.

Have a wonderful summer and welcome to read Swe-Cham member blogs from MH Leadership about the importance to relax and Margareta Svensson Photography remembering the Scholl-is-out feeling in Sweden back in the 70s. If we can relax upcoming Wednesday when Sweden meets the Netherlands in the UEFA World Cup is the question! Go Sweden!

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Sweden ranked as fourth strongest nation bran in the latest FutureBrand Country Index 2019
In The FutureBrand Country Index 2019, Sweden is ranked as the fourth strongest nation brand, after Japan, Norway and Switzerland. According to the report, Sweden is mainly associated with democracy, tolerance and high quality of life as well as with technology and sustainability. Christian Biller from the Swedish Institute says the following about the report: "In the eyes of the outside world, Sweden is perceived as a country where one has the opportunity for a high quality of life and that this is not limited to a few. That values such as openness and caring, as well as innovation and sustainability, are linked to Sweden are positive and create good conditions for attracting students, researchers, tourists and investors". The FutureBrand Country Index measures the strength of perception of countries around the world in the same way we study consumer or corporate brands. Now in its second decade, the Index reorders the World Bank Top 75 countries by GDP according to strength of perception.   The 2019 Index reveals which countries qualify as a ‘country brand’ and can be shown to have a measurable competitive advantage over their peers as a result. It also includes the full rankings by dimension, complete perception dashboards for the top country brands, regional ranking, leading cities as well as the top risers for the future.   This will be of real value If you are a country brand manager or tourism, trade and investment expert keen to understand the levers you can pull for competitive advantage. It also provides valuable insights for professional brand managers and leaders seeking to further harness country of origin associations for corporate and consumer brands.   Follow the link below to read the full report.  
Sweden is the 2019 EU Innovation Leader

Sweden is the 2019 EU innovation leader, followed by Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands according to the European innovaiton scoreboard 2019. On average, the innovation performance of the EU has increased by 8.8% since 2011.

  The European innovation scoreboard provides a comparative analysis of innovation performance in EU countries, other European countries, and regional neighbors. It assesses relative strengths and weaknesses of national innovation systems and helps countries identify areas they need to address. The European innovation scoreboard 2019 was released on 17 June 2019 For more information:
Sweco’s President and CEO Åsa Bergman is the newest member of the Swedish National Innovation Council

Sweco's President and CEO Åsa Bergman has been appointed member of the Swedish National Innovation Council by the Chairman, the Prime Minister of Sweden Stefan Löfven.

In autumn 2015, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven instituted a new Innovation Council with the task of working to strengthen Sweden's innovation capacity and competition. The Prime Minister  himself is the Chairman of the new Innovation Council. The Council consists of ten independent members from the academic world and from the business community. This collaboration gives the opportunity to handle issues that cover a broad perspective, which is needed to be able to develop the Swedish innovation climate on a number of different levels. Source: Sweco 27 June, 2019
EARTH Integrated Archaeology 10 Years Anniversary

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce congratulates EARTH Integrated Archaeology, EARTH, with their 10th anniversary. EARTH was founded in 2008 by Eva Kars. EARTH is an Integrated Archaeological consultancy in the construction and environmental sector and specialized in Heritage Risk Assessment, varying from prospections to excavations.

EARTH is using innovative techniques and working with different multidisciplinary teams to provide the most effective integrated archaeological services, minimize the risks for the clients and giving project owners the most sustainable results. Eva Kars is a Swedish archaeologist, educated at the university of Stockholm living in the Netherlands since 1991. To mark the 10th Anniversary a film "Making the invisible visible" has been produced, which was showed at the Anniversary reception at their modern and redecorated office in Amersfoort. Making the invisible visible, shows the unique way EARTH is working with heritage risk assessment.
Save the Date for Founder Story by Eva Kars and screening of Making the Invisible Visible October 31, 2019 at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. For more information go to Event page
Newsletter No. 11 | June 2019 Out now!
Newsletter No. 11 | June 2019 Out now  
Edgar Peer receives the Royal Order of the Polar Star
On June 12, 2019 Edgar Peer, Honorary Consul of Sweden in Amsterdam and member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, was decorated as Officer First Class of the Royal Order of the Polar Star at a ceremony at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam Hotel to celebrate his 20th anniversary as Honorary Consul of Sweden in Amsterdam. H.E. Ambassador of Sweden Mrs. Annika Markovic decorated Mr. Peer on behalf of H.M. the H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden in the precence of family, colleagues and friends. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to congratulate Edgar Peer to receiving the high Swedish order.   Photos: Swedish Chamber and Hannie Hansen Photography