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YP Lucia Celebrations
What a great evening we had together with Epicenter Amsterdam yesterday! On behalf of the Young Professionals, we wish to thank everyone who joined us in celebrating this lovely (and slightly weird) Scandinavian tradition, and we also wish to extend a special thank you to Kristina at Fika for providing us with such delicious saffron buns. This was the last YP activity of 2018. We hope to see everyone again in 2019, which will offer some great social and business events. Keep an eye on our website for more information about the upcoming YP events. Happy Holidays!
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Swedish Chamber will open new office at Epicenter Amsterdam
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce will open our new office at Epicenter Amsterdam per 2019-01-01. Epicenter is the first innovation house of Amsterdam, dedicated to innovation and development – a venue in the Zuidas district of Amsterdam where established corporations as well as smaller, entrepreneurial companies with proven business models can meet to build new companies and businesses.  Epicenter is an innovative environment driven by sustainability where people with similar business interests meet. The move to Epicenter Amsterdam means that all Swedish Chamber Members will be able to attend events hosted by Epicenter. It also provides great opportunities to network with other companies within the building. Our new office is very easy to reach by public transport, bike and car. See you at Epicenter Amsterdam as of January 1st, 2019! The new office address is: Fred. Roeskestraat 115 1076 EE Amsterdam The Netherlands
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The winners of the Swedish Chamber Business Awards 2018
The Swedish Chamber is proud to announce the winners of the Swedish Chamber Business Awards 2018. The Achievement Award 2018 will go to Sweco and the Entrepreneurship Award 2018 will go to Oatly. Both Sweco and Oatly will be awarded during the award ceremony, that will take place during the Swedish Chamber of Commerce's annual Christmas Dinner & Dance on December 14, 2018. The jury for the Achievement Award 2018 consisted of: H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Annika Markovic, Mr. Ehsan Turabaz, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tomas Korseman, Business Sweden Benelux, Wilko Klaassen, General Manager Klarna NeBe, the winner of the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2017 The jury for the Entrepreneurship Award 2018 consisted of: H.E. Ambassador of Sweden, Mrs. Annika Markovic, Mr. Ehsan Turabaz, Swedish Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Tomas Korseman, Business Sweden Benelux, Mr. Wilko Klaassen, General Manager Klarna NeBe, the winner of the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2017, Mr. Patrick Mesterton, CEO and Co-Founder Epicenter Amsterdam Read the press releases below for further information. Previous winners: 2017 Klarna (the Swedish Chamber Export Prize 2017) and Daloc (the Swedish Chamber Newcomer Export Prize 2017) 2016 Volvo Car Netherlands 2015 Elekta 2014  SKF B.V 2013 Scania 2012 Handelsbanken Netherlands
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Ehsan Turabaz assigned as International Relations Leader for IKEA Expansion, Inter IKEA Systems
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce congratulates the Swedish Chamber Chairman, Ehsan Turabaz, Inter IKEA Systems, for his new assignment as International Relations Leader. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very happy for Mr. Turabaz and look forward to many years of successful continued collaborations. We wish him lots of success in his new role. Please read the press release from Konrad Grüss, IKEA Expansion Manager, below.   We are very happy to announce that Ehsan Turabaz has accepted a new assignment as International Relations Leader in Inter IKEA Systems, effective from December 1st, 2018 and reporting to Konrad Grüss, IKEA Expansion Manager. In his new assignment, Ehsan will proactively create a mutually beneficial relationship with local and foreign government institutions, business associations, civil society and the diplomatic community for the purpose of supporting and promoting the development of the IKEA Franchise business and the protection of the IKEA Brand. In addition, Ehsan will also assist in political and strategic topics related to the business interests of Inter IKEA Systems in existing and new markets, working closely with Inter IKEA Systems Communication, Inter IKEA Group Communication - Media Relations and Public Affairs as well as Public Affairs at R&S. Ehsan will also continue to support business development with strategic international partners in close co-operation with key stakeholders in the Expansion Development organization. Ehsan started his long IKEA career as a trainee at IKEA Amsterdam in 1991 and moved to Inter IKEA Systems B.V. in 1993 to work as Sales Representative B2B. Since 2005, he has held the position of International Sales Manager and has been instrumental in securing a solid business base in new markets through protecting the IKEA Trademark, as well as maintaining good relationships with local partners and governments in order to generate and increase international sales. Ehsan also acts as Key Account Manager to the WestCord Hotel in Delft, where he has established a test and development site for the IKEA BUSINESS range for the hospitality industry, in close co-operation with IKEA of Sweden. In addition, he is the chairman of the Co-worker Advisory Committee works council, representing all CBF co-workers in Delft. Next to his work for CBF, Ehsan holds many industry and organizational positions, including Honorary Consul-General of Afghanistan in Rotterdam and Amsterdam and Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands. “With his broad network, extensive international sales experience and passion for his work, Ehsan will add great value to IKEA Expansion. Please join me in congratulating Ehsan on his new assignment.” Konrad Grüss, IKEA Expansion Manager, Inter IKEA Systems
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The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Patron Member, Henk van Dieren receives Spoorman van het Jaar 2018 award
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Patron Member as well as Chairman of Samskip Rail, Henk van Dieren, has been honored with the 'Spoorman van het Jaar 2018' award. This is a huge recognition for all of Samskip's rail-related activities. The Swedish Chamber extends our warmest congratulations towards both Samskip and Mr. van Dieren for this achievement. Read more about this award .    
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Lunch Talk with Susanne Birgersdotter
On Thursday, November 29th, Susanne Birgersdotter, a Swedish self-made entrepreneur, TEDx Speaker, author, and investor, visited the Swedish Chamber of Commerce at Epicenter Amsterdam to share her personal journey into entrepreneurship. Susanne also provided insights about the larger startup scene and reflections on how women are thriving in tech. We wish to extend our warmest thank you to Susanne for coming by Amsterdam to share her journey with us. View the photos in the gallery below.
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Join the Young Professionals’ annual Lucia celebrations on Dec. 13!
The Young Professionals of the Swedish Chamber invites you to join our annual Lucia celebration on December 13, 2018, 18.00-20.00. Bring your friends or colleagues and come join the celebrations! As usual, besides a fantastic performance by our very own pop-up Lucia choir, we will also be serving glögg (mulled wine) as well as traditional Swedish Christmas gingerbread cookies and saffron buns. The choir starts singing at 18.45. This event is free of charge for YP Members.    LOVE TO SING? Come and enforce our Lucia Choir!  Welcome to join our pop up Lucia choir for this occasion! Send an email to yp@swedishchamber.nl and we will tell you more about our traditional Lucia celebration. You don't have to be the next Adele, maybe you just like Lucia and want to have a good time!
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Circular Economy Summit in January 2019!
The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our involvement in the upcoming Circular Economy Summit on January 15, 2019. What are the next steps in going from a linear to a circular economy? On January 15 the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, The Finnish Dutch Chamber of Commerce, The Norwegian Dutch Chamber of Commerce and the Danish Dutch Business Club together with the Nordic Embassies and the European Commission would like to start 2019 by inviting you to an inspiring cross-border Circular Economy Summit. We will present an insight into the latest news from the EU on the Road to Circular Economy and share the ambitious targets of the Netherlands and the Nordic Countries. Global and local companies will be present to present and share experiences on their rapid journey from linear to circular. Welcome on January 15! The Circular Economy Summit is free of charge. Registration, however, is compulsory. more information and registration.  
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