Past events

October 11, #NordicTalks – Diversity

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce,  Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Norwegian Dutch Chamber of Commerce, and Danish Dutch Business Club would like to welcome you to this year’s #NordicTalks Diversity Summit on October 11!

This summit will interactively discuss the questions below from the Diversity perspective. Diversity meaning understanding, accepting, and valuing differences between people including those of different races, ethnicities, genders, ages, religions, disabilities, and sexual orientations as well as with differences in education, personalities, skill sets, experiences, and knowledge bases.


  • Diverse and inclusive companies have a better competitive edge.
  • Diversity often means higher financial performance.
  • Diversity and inclusion bridge the talent gap.
  • Diverse and inclusive organizations have increased adaptability.
  • Diversity and inclusion promote creativity and innovation.


What does it take to work actively with diversity & inclusion strategies and why does it matter? How do some of our leading Nordic companies work with their Diversity Strategies and what can we learn from each other?



Time: 16.00-19.45

16.00 Registration
16.30 Welcome
16.35 Introductory remarks by the Nordic Ambassadors
16.45 Keynote speaker Erna Versteegden
17.08 Fireside! Lena Herder, IKEA Netherlands + Caroline van Nieuwkerk, ISS Denmark
17.38 Break
17.48 Fireside! Lotta Gunnarsson, + Wenche Fredriksen, Accenture, Norway
18.20 Panel discussion and Q & A
18.40 Conclusion remarks by Moderator
18.50 Mingle and drinks
20.00 End of program


Moderator: Stefan Wijers


#NordicTalks is designed for sharing experiences, knowledge and inspiration from others to get new insights on how to move forward and reach important policy goals in your own environment.


Photo credit: Hanne Hansen. View all of the photos on the #NordicTalks website!

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September 27, Welcome Reception for the new Ambassador of Sweden

Dear friends,

It was the genuine pleasure of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and the Swedish Chamber of Commerce to host a welcome reception in Delft for the new Ambassador of Sweden, H.E. Mrs. Annika Markovic, on Thursday, September 27. Invited were the members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Svenska Klubben, SWEA, Svensk-Nederländska Föreningen, Svenska Skolföreningen, Svenska Kyrkan Rotterdam, Svenska Golfklubben and Cornelis Vreeswijk Genootschap as well as Business Sweden, Visit Sweden and the Swedish Consuls.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce also took this opportunity to appoint H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Annika Markovic as Honorary Chairwoman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce.

On behalf of Inter IKEA Systems B.V. and the Swedish Chamber, we wish to welcome the new Ambassador and to thank everyone that joined us in Delft.

View the photos in the slideshow below!



17.00 Registration

18.00 Introductory remarks by Ehsan Turabaz, Manager International Sales, IKEA B.V., and Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce

Welcome by Jon Abrahamsson, Managing Director, Inter IKEA Systems B.V.

Welcome to the Ambassador on behalf of the Swedish organizations in the Netherlands

Address by H.E. Ambassador Annika Markovic

Network Reception

20.00 End of event


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September 15, Crayfish Party!

Thank you to everyone who attended the annual Swedish Crayfish Party in Amsterdam!

We kicked off the autumn season with our festive Annual Crayfish Party on September 15, together with the Young Professionals, Svenska Klubben and SWEA for an evening of traditional Swedish festivities.

The crayfish season is one of the most popular cultural celebrations in Sweden. On September 15, we welcomed everyone to Roei- en Zeilvereniging De Amstel in Amsterdam to celebrate the end of summer with us.

The evening was gracefully lead by Ceremony Master, Aron Vrieler and Toastmaster, Gillis Danielsen. After a welcome drink on the beautiful terrace overlooking the Amstel River, a three-course crayfish menu was served. For dessert, we enjoyed coffee and Swedish Dajmtårta! When the hats and bibs were off, the tables and chairs were swept away, and the party continued at the dancefloor together with DJ Percy.

We would like to especially thank all of our sponsors for making this a magical evening!


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View the photos from the event in the slideshow below! Photos by: Jenny Drost.

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September 4, 2018 Business Women Program 2018 Leadership Communication

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce exclusive Business Woman Program 2018 presents four seminars for the empowering and support of woman business leaders. The seminars are designed to increase and sharpen your leadership skills and to help yourself to a higher level of efficiency, awareness, and success. Moderator is Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership. We welcome the women from the Swedish Chamber, Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber with a focus to expand leadership communication and strengthen the skills to communicate with others. You can follow any number of seminars you prefer.


Yesterday it was finally time for the third Business Women Program session with Malin Hedlund at Epicenter. It was great to see so many business women from both Swedish and Dutch companies coming together for an evening filled with inspiration and to exchange experiences. Together with Malin, we discussed leadership and  the roles of young women in business. Malin also shared her rules of engagement which included her takes on participation, attitude, energy, having fun and implementation. Malin also gave us food for thoughts on the questions “Are you maximizing your time in meetings? Or do you tend to run meetings simply by routine, without taking the time to really prepare or think about the best outcome? She gave tips and tools for how to lead inspiring meetings that make others feel excited about taking action when the meeting is over.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank Malin Hedlund, MH Leadership and all participants for making the Business Women Program to a great success.

If you missed this session, the fourth Business Women Program session will take place on November 15! Stay tuned for more information.

View the photos from yesterday’s session in the slideshow below.



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August 30 – 31, 2018 Swedish Chamber Study Trip to Stockholm

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce’s study trip to Stockholm –  A 48-hour program to get to know more about the dynamic Startup echo system and how the city’s entrepreneurial culture has nourished numerous successful global companies was a great success and offered many new business contacts.


We were very pleased to present a fully packed program starting with a welcome to the Royal Dutch Embassy in Stockholm a with presentations by the H.E. Ambassador Ines Copoolse and Wilco Schuttelaar, officer for Innovation Technology & Science Holland Innovation Network about the Startup Scene in Stockholm and Sweden followed by Ariane  Bucquet Pousette from Start-ups Invest Stockholm who talked about Stockholm the Unicorn Factory.  Following the presentations, lunch was served at Gondolen in Stockholm where the incoming Ambassador of Sweden Mrs. Annika Marcovic joined the delegation and for a first Meet and Greet. visits, networking, participation at World Trade Day by Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, Meetup with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in Stockholm. In the afternoon the delegation participated in Stockholm Chamber of Commerce World Trade Day conference led by Dr. Andreas Hatzigeorgiuo Chief Economist and incoming CEO Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. The program offered many inspirational presentations and panel discussions on internationalization and boosting Sweden’s competitive edge on the global market. Day one ended with a company presentation by Magnus Myrenberg, partner Pinq Mango Capital Partners at their office in central Stockholm before having network drinks and mingle together with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce.


Day 2 Wilko Klaassen General Manager Klarna Netherlands, who had flown into Stockholm especially for us, welcomed us to Klarna and gave an inspiring presentation about their fantastic business development and growth and how they are building on customer satisfaction at all levels of their services. A quick walk through the streets of Stockholm brought us to Norrsken an ecosystem consisting of Norrsken House, a coworking space for impact entrepreneurs, and seed fund Norrsken Founders Fund which invests in companies with the potential to radically improve the world, where Thom Feeney was waiting for us. He took us on a tour of their inspiring and innovative office premises and gave a presentation about their impressive strategy and target that the next Swedish unicorn should be a unicorn with impact.  With this impressive message still in mind, we continued to the amazing Fotografiska where John Dekker CTO Fotografiska took us on a tour and presented who Fotografiska is working with content on social media to attract attention for their innovative and culture activities from Stockholm to London and New York. We finished our day with a great lunch and with the rest of the Friday afternoon to stroll along to view the great exhibitions and views from Fotografiska. We left Stockholm after 48 days with lots of new impressions, ideas, business opportunities, and friends and we are already looking forward to next years 48 hours!


The Swedish Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all hosting organizations and companies and the participants of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Study Trip to Stockholm 2018 for making it to a great success.


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June 14, 2018 Company visit Flokk Design Center

On June 14, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands, Norwegian Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Danish Dutch Business Club and Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce organized an exciting company visit to Flokk’s innovative Design Center in Rotterdam in the presence of the Norwegian Ambassador, Martin Sørby.


David Coenen, Country Manager Flokk Nederland, welcomed all guests and presented the works of Flokk, the European leading manufacturer of high quality working place furniture and owner of the brands HÅG, RH, RBM, BMA, Malmstolen and Offecct. Julian Wolse, partner of OTH architects and the leading architect in creating the Flokk Design Center, gave a very inspiring presentation about the transformation of the historic building into a vibrant showroom in the architectonic hotspot of Rotterdam. After the presentations, there were room to explore the Flokk Design Center and plenty of time for all members of the different Nordic Chambers and Business Club to network while enjoying delicious snacks and drinks. Thank you to all participants for making this event a great success, and thank you Flokk for the generous hosting and sharing your fantastic concept with us!


Photo Credits: Flokk


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May 31, 2018 Swedish Business in Brabant

On May 31 the Swedish Chamber of Commerce was very pleased to organize the annual Swedish Business in Brabant event together with BOM Foreign Investments & Trade, Handelsbanken and Ericsson at their visitor’s center in Rijen.

During the very interesting afternoon program, led by Everth Flores, General Manager Ericsson Telecommunicatie, the impact of IoT on society and businesses was visualized through inspiring presentations and cases presented by Ericsson, Cool Industries, Scania and Camilla van den Boom, Sturmm. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce was especially honored to welcome Honorary Member of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Clas Ivar Schultz and his wife Gunilla to Ericsson this afternoon. Clas Ivar Schultz has been around since the start of the Chamber back in the sixties of the last century and was for many years active as Chairman. He was also General Manager at Ericsson Telecommunicatie for more than twenty years until the early eighties.

We would like to thank all speakers, sponsors and guests for participating and for making Swedish Business in Brabant to a great success. A big thank to the organizing committee, BOM and Ericsson, for the pleasant collaboration and to Ericsson for excellent hosting.


Welcome to scroll down for event photos by Ericsson.

Presentations by Everth Flores and Etienne Scholl, Ericsson and Nico van der Klugt, Scania are available at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Welcome to send an email to to receive a copy.





16.00              Registration and coffee

16.15               Welcome, short intro to Ericsson and IoT, by  Everth Flores, Ericsson

16.35              Industry 4.0: the future starts today, by Etienne Scholl, Ericsson and

                       Maarten Wijffelaars, Cool Industries

17.05              Connected vehicles – Driving the future, by Nico van der Klugt Scania

17.25              Short break

17.35              What about your business model? by Camilla van den Boom, Sturrm

18.00              Networking and Drinks

19.30              End of Event


Moderator:  Everth Flores, Country Manager Ericsson Netherlands




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May 23, Startup Summit Sweden – the Netherlands

Startup Summit Sweden – the Netherlands

All you need to know about connecting to the Swedish – Dutch Startup Scene

What are the key factors behind the thriving startup sectors in Sweden and the Netherlands?

In both Sweden and the Netherlands, the startup sector is booming. According to the Startup Genome ranking the Stockholm and Amsterdam startup ecosystems were both ranked top 20 globally. During the high-level Startup Summit speakers discussed the factors behind the thriving startup sectors in both countries, and how a long-term collaboration can lead to an even better performance of our startup-ecosystems. Prince Daniel of Sweden and Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands honoured the event and made introductory remarks about their view on the importance of startups and what the countries can learn from each other.

The two princes were invited due to their engagement in entrepreneurship and startups. Prince Daniel is committed to enterprise and works to promote entrepreneurship among young people, eg. through the project Prince Daniel’s Fellowship. The idea behind the project is to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs and to support ambitious young entrepreneurs in growing their business. Prince Constantijn is Special Envoy at StartupDelta, the accelerator for the startup ecosystem in the Netherlands, and advises companies and the European Commission on their digital innovation strategies.

The Swedish State Secretary for Enterprise and Innovation, Stina Billinger, and the Dutch State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, Mona Keijzer, discussed how policymaking and financial support can help the startup sector flourish, and what the two countries can learn from each other. The event was the starting point for a long-term collaboration between the two countries within the startup sector.

“For me, it is very important that our startup sector is doing well, because then startups become scale-ups and that’s good for the economic growth. […] The three most important things we can help startups with are access to talent, access to funding and access to connections”, Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Netherlands

“One important factor for startups is gender equality – women cannot stay at home with the children and scale-up a company at the same time”, Stina Billinger, State Secretary for Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden.

The summit was held the day before the opening of conference The Next Web, in the brand-new Amsterdam premises of Epicenter. a digital innovation house and destination for large corporates and fast growing digital scale-ups looking to learn, inspire, collaborate, grow and innovate with impact.

“Startup Summit Sweden – The Netherlands” was organised by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, The Embassy of Sweden in The Hague and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.


Welcome to scroll down to the end of the page for event photos.

Event photos by: Carolina Nordholm, Nordholm Design & Communication


14.30 Registration

15.00 Welcome by Ehsan Turabaz, Chairman Swedish Chamber of Commerce

15.03  Intro by moderator Wilco Schuttelaar – Holland Innovation Network

Introductory remarks by HRH Prince Daniel of Sweden and HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands

How do national governments support scale-up ecosystems? Summing up the findings of a study comparing the United Kingdom, Sweden & the Netherlands

Marc Wullings – Managing Partner SkipRed

Learning from the study: How can policymaking and financial support help make the startup sector flourish?

Stina Billinger – State Secretary for Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden, and Mona Keijzer – State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Netherlands

16.05 Break

16.20 Fireside talk about building a global startup ecosystem: International expansion and business opportunities

Ricardo van Loenen – Founder/CEO B.Building Business and Patrick Mesterton – CEO Epicenter Stockholm

Fireside talks about talent acquisition

Ruben Nieuwenhuis  – Director StartupAmsterdam and Alberto Corti  – Head of SSES Ventures

From Startup to Unicorn

Robert Bueninck – General Manager DACH Klarna

Presentations by four mature startup companies from Sweden and the Netherlands

On internationalization: Their journey and lessons learned!

Learn Adapt Build
Elizabeth Nelson

Ronald Scheffer

Just Football
Joel Fredman Klockar

Stefan Stefansson

Fireside talks about startup culture and women in Fintech

Don Ginsel – Founder Holland FinTech and Elisabeth Thand Ringqvist – Senior Advisor to NFT Ventures, Chairman Swedish Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Concluding remarks

Nils Beer – Director of StartupDelta

17.40 End of Summit

17.40 Match Making/Tour Epicenter

17.40 Networking, drinks & snacks

19.00 End of Event





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