Stricter measures to control coronavirus in the Netherlands
On Monday 23 March the government introduced additional measures to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Mark Rutte, justice and security minister Ferd Grapperhaus, health minister Hugo de Jonge and medical care minister Martin van Rijn announced the measures at a press conference. The measures are based on the advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). For more information visit: https://www.government.nl/latest/news/2020/03/23/stricter-measures-to-control-coronavirus
Swedish Prime Minister’s address to the nation, March 22, 2020
Watch Swedish Prime Minister's address to the nation here: https://www.government.se/
Temporary ban on travel to the EU via Sweden due to COVID-19
In response to the European Council’s and the European Commission’s call for travel restrictions, the Government decided on 17 March to temporarily stop non-essential travel to Sweden from countries outside the EEA and Switzerland so as to mitigate the effects of the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus and reduce the spread of the disease. For more information: https://www.government.se/press-releases/2020/03/temporary-ban-on-travel-to-sweden-due-to-covid-19/
For Swedish citizens
Are you abroad? 1. Download the app "UD Resklar". 2. allow notifications in the country you are in. 3. Register to "svensklistan". For more information visit: https://www.regeringen.se/uds-reseinformation/resklar/
Meet Petra Zachrisson Beets, Officer of Communication, Culture and Sweden Promotion at the Swedish Embassy
The Swedish Chamber is very pleased to talk to Petra Zachrisson Beets, who started as Officer of Communication, Culture and Sweden Promotion at the Swedish Embassy in the Hague in February. About Petra: “I am Swedish and I have been living in the Netherlands for 20 years. First in Amsterdam and now in Amstelveen, just outside of Amsterdam for about 15 years. I am married to a Dutch man and we have two daughters and a dog. For almost 15 years, I worked at the marketing department at IKEA Netherlands after which I started my own company in PR & Communication. Since I arrived to the Netherlands, I have been active within “Svenska Klubben” and also a very active member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. So I am very familiar with Swedes living in the Netherlands. My new role at the Swedish Embassy gives me the opportunity to combine my study, knowledge and work experience within communication. Also, it enhances my everlasting love for sharing information about Sweden and the Netherlands in both countries. The most important thing in this role and our main priority, is to communicate information about Sweden to the Netherlands, and specifically the Swedish take on Equal rights, Sustainability and Innovation. Another main topic this year is to give attention to the ‘Drive for democracy’. The most challenging and fun goal is to try to reach more Swedes living in the Netherlands and also to reach more Dutch people that are interested in Sweden. But it is also a challenge to get through with our messages about the Swedish values to the Dutch people; Why is a ‘feminist foreign policy’ important? Why is it important to have equal rights? How can Sweden and the Netherlands share experiences in those areas? Our communication tools are our website and Social Media channels and we are very active on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. That is how I want to reach more people, especially now. Quick and correct information is so important in these corona-times. Of course, we look forward to when the Corona crisis is behind us and we hope to have more personal meetings again. At this moment of course the Corona situation is taking up most of my time. I was very fresh at the Embassy when the Corona crisis started, so I have been forced to learn everything at a very high speed. As a Communication Officer my number one priority has been to continuously keep myself as updated as possible on the Swedish and Dutch governments measurements and to share all the information as soon as possible on our website and in social media. In that sense, my work has been everything but normal since the Corona virus outbreak. But I do find it very rewarding to be able to share all information as quickly as possible for the profit of our Swedish community in the Netherlands and I hope that everyone will find the information on our website useful and that it is helping them to take the right measurements to keep safe.”
Welcome new Patron Volvo Group
About Volvo Group "Our products are part of your daily life. They take you to work, collect your rubbish and keep lights shining. Volvo Group is developing tomorrow’s public transport solutions so that you can get to work or to school quickly and easily. We ensure that the power is always running when you visit a hospital and we make rescue services run when you need urgent help. But we are also there when you relax, on holiday in your pleasure boat, or in one of our touring coaches. We are driving prosperity through transport solutions, we are Volvo Group." Read more:
A warm welcome to new Member SoundTribe
About SoundTribe - Sound guides us, sound connects us and sound protects us Sound affects us constantly. Where we work, live, learn or heal. It affects our health, wellbeing, mood and our emotions. We at SoundTribe are passionate about designing user-based sound environments that works for you. We will help you connect the dots from Concept to Design to Solutions. Positive sounds like wonderful music, laughter and the voices of other people make us feel good and help us to connect with others. Sounds of nature make us feel comfortable and relaxed. Human evolution took place outdoor in nature, our hearing and voice developed there to what they are today. Outdoor sound conditions differ a lot from the indoor conditions we spend 90% of our time in nowadays. That is why we should mimic the outdoor conditions as much as possible indoors. A good sound environment helps us to collaborate better, to focus on the right things and to perform at our best. Good sound environments affect health, performance and wellbeing positively. Poor sound design does the opposite. For more information:
Meeting together with Digters, the Nordic Chambers & the Swedish Church about Eurovision Song Contest!
Last week we had a meeting at Digters in Rotterdam, the host city of this year's Eurovision Song Contest 2020. We had, along with the Finnish Chamber of Commerce and the Swedish Church, an early stage planning meeting with regards to this happening. More to come!