Evert Halvarsson

We are very sorry to pass on the very sad news that has reached us that our former Board Member Evert Halvarsson has passed away last week after a long time of sickness. Mr. Halvarsson has been a very valued member and colleague of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors from 2012-2015.

  His relation to the Swedish Chamber however, started already in his time as General Manager Scania Production in Zwolle where he invited the members of the Chamber more than once for inspiring company presentations and factory tours. Many members will remember the special visit to Zwolle when they were invited to a very spectacular tour at the test circuit in the Scania trucks. Later, in his capacity as General Manager Scania Nederland in Breda Evert Halvarsson very generously hosted a Swedish Business in Brabant event with very interesting speakers and inspiring presentations. Scania Nederland B.V was awarded winner of the Swedish Chamber Export Prize in 2013 which was handed over to Evert Halvarsson and his colleagues at Apollo Windham hotel in Amsterdam by the Ambassador to Sweden in that time, Mr. Håkan Emsgård.  The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is expressing our warm condolences to his wife and children, family, friends and colleagues.
Expatcenter Amsterdam becomes IN Amsterdam
Expatcenter Amsterdam, partner of the Swedish Chamber is now known as IN Amsterdam (short for International Newcomers Amsterdam) and have also moved in to a new office location on the first floor of the I-Tower of WTC Amsterdam.  As Amsterdam continues to attract an influx of international residents The Expatcenter have moved to a larger premises within the World Trade Center Amsterdam in order to accommodate increased demand for its services. The extra space will allow the organisation to implement new services for companies and their international employees and to collaborate with on initiatives to attract international talent. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce congratulates Els Bosma, Director and her collagues with the launch of their new brand identity and their new location. Read more about IN Amsterdam here       
Internships at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Fall 2017

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands provides a dynamic networking platform to promote cooperation between Swedish and Dutch business. This autumn we offer two internships for motivated and motivated students who are at the end of their education. The internship will start on August 21 and end on December 20th.

Internship 1: Event Management & Young Professionals Trainee

For this internship, we are looking for a marketing-oriented economics student from Swedish university or university.

This internship includes:

  • Assist in the planning and execution of the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Market Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce and contact with potential new members of the YP and Chamber of Commerce.
  • Work with administrative tasks.
  • Attend meetings with partners.
  • Representing the Chamber of Commerce and YP at different events.
  • Responsible for the design and implementation of YP events, member administration and coordination of YP committees meetings.

Internship 2: Communication Management Trainee

To this internship we are looking for a marketing-oriented media and communications student with an interest in graphic design and experience of social media, from Swedish university or college.

This internship includes:

  • Develop and implement the Chamber of Commerce's communication and social media strategy.
  • Market the Chamber of Commerce's activities via the website and social media.
  • Design the Chamber of Commerce and YP's newsletters, invitations, and information material.
  • Maintain digital membership register and other administrative tasks.

Terms and Conditions

  • Swedish citizen.
  • The trainee must be enrolled as a student at the Swedish university/college.
  • If the practice is not included as a scoring course, the institution shall certify that the practice is relevant to the student's educational orientation.
  • The trainee must be insured.
  • No compensation is paid for the internship and the intern is expected to arrange accommodation.

Application letter and CV with photo is sent to

Deadline for application HT 2017: 2 June 2017

Welcome New Member – Northern Delight
Northern Delight is a Utrecht based catering company specializing in the Scandinavian cuisine in general and specifically the Swedish cuisine. The company was established in 2013 by Swedish native Ingrid Geel Nilsson. As "the Swedish Chef" Ingrid and her company brings a piece of culinary Scandinavia to the Netherlands. Experience the Swedish fika-tradition (coffee with one or many sweet treats) with for example Swedish cinnamon buns and Princess cake. Order a smörgåstårta, a savoury layered sandwich tart with delicious fillings, for a special occasion. Enjoy a three course Midsummer meal with a cured haring tasting. Treat your company or family to a extended (Christmas) buffet with all the Swedish traditional dishes such as cured salmon, roast beef of moose fillet, Swedish meatballs, Janssons temptation and so much more. The options are many. Danish pastries (wienerbrød) and the Danish/Norwegian "kransekage" are also part of the options. Northern Delight provides a full catering concept, everything from food to drinks, waiting staff, hardware facilities, project management etc. Are you curious to get some hands on experience with the Swedish kitchen? Then sign up for a cooking class with Northern Delight. In general there are six cooking classes per year open for private registration, three in the spring and three in the autumn. You can also request cooking classes for groups, for example for a corporate event. For more information please visit our website:
Welcome new board member Maria Karlström
Maria Karlström, Director Business Support and Marketing & Communications at Scania BeNeLux Past: Regional Coordinator - Europe at Scania Group, Head of Product Adaptations - Trucks at Scania Group, Head of Cable harness installation and various other functions within Scania since 2002. Education: Stockholm School of Economics IFL Executive Education, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, IHM Business School. Summary: Proven track record in developing people and organizations and at the same time delivering what is needed to the right time and cost. Working with continuous improvements (Lean) for many years. Proved record in international business development and sales.
Welcome new board member Kees van Oosten
Kees van Oosten, TeekensKarstens law firm Kees van Oosten, has been active in the Dutch-Swedish market for over a decade, developing a vast network of clients, advisors and other relationships. Kees’ core business is legal advice as an attorney in structuring issues and M&A, much of which is happening cross-border. Other legal disciplines are offered by Kees’s colleagues at TK law firm in which Kees has been a partner for almost 25 years. “Whatever the client is up to, it’s always people’s business,” Kees explains. Not the commercial merits, not the legal merits but the persons involved are the ones to determine the outcome of any matter or transaction. In all of that, culture is a very important factor and awareness of the participant’s personal and business culture is essential. “It’s endlessly interesting to see how a cultural framework can make or break a deal,” Kees continues. “It’s the backgrounds of any matter at hand that make my work as a lawyer so interesting. Being aware helps to get down to business effectively and to get the deal done in the most efficient and most pleasant way.”
Ehsan Turabaz appointed Vice Chairman Swedish Chamber of Commerce

The Board of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce has appointed Ehsan Turabaz Manager International Sales at Inter IKEA Systems B.V. as Vice Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce per April 4, 2017

Uppsala Career Tour 2017 visiting Swe-Cham!
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was very pleased to have Uppsala Career Tour 2017 visiting us on April 5, 2017. In the beginning of the month, 26 students from Uppsala Career Tour, Uppsala University came to visit us at the office here in Amsterdam. During their tour, they visited Brussels, Amsterdam and Dublin and got to see the ins and outs of 9 exciting companies including the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was the second city of three to visit on their trip. Special thanks to Ola Larsmon from EY Nederland and Karl Gydell from Inter IKEA Systems for their inspiring speeches!