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The Swedish Chamber of Commerce founded in 1960, is a not-for-profit organisation explicitly dedicated to its Members. Our mission is to inspire, promote, and extend the commercial and industrial relations between individuals and companies in Sweden and the Netherlands. The Chamber's main role is to provide a forum for Members to exchange business ideas, experiences and to explore new business opportunties. We invite you to become a member and participate in our events and networking possibilities to enlarge your business network on the Dutch market. Welcome to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands!

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Mr. Jan Peter Balkenende joins the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Recommendation 04-05-2016

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is delighted and honored to announce that Jan Peter Balkenende, Jan Peter Balkenende, Chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, Partner Corporate Responsibility at EY, Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and former Dutch Prime Minister., Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands has joined The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Recommendation.

H.E. Ambassador of Sweden and Honorary Chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Mr. Per Holmstöm says: “I am much honored and very happy that Jan Peter Balkenende has joined the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Recommendation. With his background, network and current focus on sustainable growth, I am confident that Mr. Balkenende will contribute valuably to the work carried out in the Chamber.  In addition to this, Mr. Balkenende is a dear friend of Sweden, having participated in many official and work related visits of Swedish public officials, including our Royal family. I look forward to a prosperous cooperation.”

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very honored and grateful to The Members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board of Recommendation representing trade, industry and diplomacy for
acknowledging the importance of an active Swedish – Dutch business network and for their support and endorsement of the activities of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands.

Mr. Jan Peter Balkenende, Chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition, Partner Corporate Responsibility at EY, Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam and former Dutch Prime Minister.
Mr. Hans de Jong EO Philips Benelux
Mr. Mikael Ohlsson Non-Executive Director of Volvo Car Corporation, Ikano S.A. Tesco plc and Lindengruppen AB
Mrs. Maria Rankka CEO Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Björn Skala former Ambassador of Sweden in the Netherlands
Mr. Michael Treschow Chairman of the Board/Director Unilever NV Director ABB Ltd
Mr. Jeroen van der Veer Chairman of the Advisory Board ING Chairman of the Supervisory Board of
Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce Board Member Candidates 2016 02-05-2016

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce is very proud to present the new Board Member Candidates 2016

Bert Heikens

Bert Heikens is a Lawyer since 1978.He became a partner in AKD in 1984. He has many years of experience in the mergers and acquisitions practice, which has included involvement in a number of stock market flotations. Furthermore, he has held supervisory directorships in various companies and has been the regular lawyer for high-tech companies in the media industry over an extensive period. He was the managing partner of AKD in the period 2003-2010. Presently he has retired from the AKD partnership and is now of counsel to that firm. He coordinates the AKD relationships in Sweden. He is now member of the Supervisory board of Automotive facilities Brainport Holding NV, Overman ab, and Chairperson of the Supervisory board of Stichting ROC West Brabant, Stichting derden gelden Promese Logistics and of the Supervisory board of Urban studios bestuur bv.

Ruud Joosten

Ruud Joosten (1964, Dutch), Member of the Executive Committee Responsible for decorative Paints, Akzo Nobel N.V. Ruud Joosten joined AkzoNobel in 1996, as International Marketing Manager Decorative Paints, after graduating from Amsterdam Free University with a master’s degree in Economics. Since then he has held various management positions within the AkzoNobel Decorative Paints, and specialty Chemicals business areas. In 2008, Ruud was appointed BU Manager for Decorative Paints North and Eastern Europe,
located in Warsaw. Then in 2011 he served as Managing Director for AkzoNobel Pulp and performance Chemicals, located in Gothenburg. He has lived and worked in The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden. Prior to joining AkzoNobel Ruud worked for eight years for Sigma Coatings (now PPG).


Roland van Pooij

Handelsbanken decided to start banking operations in The Netherlands in 2002. This is when Roland joined the bank to set up the Bank's first branch in Amsterdam. Handelsbanken is a full-service bank with a nationwide branch network in Sweden, the UK, Finland, Norway and the Netherlands. The Bank regards these six countries as its home markets. Handelsbanken was founded in 1871 and currently has nearly 12.00 employees working in a total of 25 countries.
In 2006 Roland moved to Stockholm to work at Handelsbanken's international credit department for 2 years. The family moved back to the Netherlands in 2008 in order for him to open the Bank's second branch in Rotterdam. The Branch Manager position in Rotterdam was followed by the role of Commercial Director in 2011. Since 2014 he is operationally responsible for Handelsbanken in the Netherlands. Prime focus lies with expanding the Bank's product portfolio in order for Handelsbanken to become a full service bank for both private and corporate customers. Roland is married and has two children.

Rob Wolters

Rob holds the position of Country Manager and President of the Customer Unit Netherlands in which he is responsible for the P&L for all accounts of Ericsson in the Netherlands and a member of the Regional Leadership Team for Western and Central Europe (RWCE).
In 1997 Rob joined Ericsson from Andersen Consulting. Since then he has held several positions a.o. Solution Director, General Manager, Key Account Manager (KAM) for the Telfort account and Head of Ericsson R&D activities in the Netherlands. In 2009 he was appointed KAM for Vodafone Netherlands and in September 2012 he moved to Ericsson Düsseldorf in Germany to become responsible for the business with Vodafone Germany and Czech Republic. In November 2014 he moved back to The Netherlands in his current role. Rob holds a  Master degree of Electrical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology where he graduated in 1992 and served as Reserve Officer for the Royal Dutch Air force at the Royal Military Academy. Rob holds the Dutch nationality but he lives in Belgium, he is married and has 3 children.

The New Board Member Candidates will be elected at the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on May 18, 2016. Members of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce are welcome to click here for the Meeting Documents

Warchild Söderhallarna Stockholm May 3, 2016 03-05-2016

Photo and story exhibition Krigsbarn - War Children opens at Söderhallarna i Stockholm 3 May, 2016

All over the world millions of children grow up in the midst of war and armed conflicts. What does it mean for a child to grow up in violence and how do you find the strength to build a future? The well-known Swedish journalist Magnus Falkehed and award winning photographer Niclas Hammarström traveled during the autumn of 2015 and spring 2016 around the world to talk to children growing up in conflict zones. Their experiences are presented in a touching exhibition that will open in Stockholm today, May 3rd, 2016, and will travel around Sweden afterwards.

For more information click here.


Doing Business in The Nordics and Baltics 03-05-2016
Voor ondernemers die zaken (willen gaan) doen in Denemarken, Finland, Noorwegen, Zweden, Estland, Letland en Litouwen, organiseert de Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland ( Doing business in the Nordics and Baltics. De bijeenkomsten vinden plaats op woensdag 25 mei in Eindhoven en donderdag 26 mei in Rotterdam.

Bij deze bijeenkomsten kan het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven (met name het mkb) zien welke zakelijke mogelijkheden en kansen deze landen bieden. Tijdens de bijeenkomst kunt u een-op-eengesprekken aangaan met de vertegenwoordigers van de ambassades van deze landen. Ook is er aandacht voor de economische situatie en de cultuur(verschillen) in de 7 landen. Uiteraard zullen ervaringsverhalen van ondernemers deze dag niet ontbreken.

July 30, 2016 The Jöurney Continious! - The Swedish are Flying Dutch 03-05-2016

The Jöurney Continious! The Swedish are Flying Dutch

After a massively successful first edition of The Flying Dutch – Dutch Journey last year and an already sold out one for 2016, it’s time to spread our wings…

On Saturday July 30, 2016, we introduce…
The Flying Dutch - Swedish Journey

Alesso, Avicii, Cazzette, Dada Life, Icona Pop, John Dahlbäck & SEBJAK, Otto Knows, Steve Angello and a Special Guest Duo will perform in The Hague, Nijmegen and Den Bosch!

For more information click here.

Nordic Organic food Fair 2016, 16 - 17 November in Malmö 03-05-2016
Het Nederlands Centrum voor Handelsbevordering (NCH) organiseert – bij voldoende belangstelling van het Nederlandse bedrijfsleven –  voor de eerste maal een Holland paviljoen op de Nordic Organic Food Fair 2016 die in Malmö, Zweden plaatsvindt van 16 – 17 november 2016.

Waarom Nordic Organic Food Fair? Nordic Organic Food Fair is een gecertificeerd biologisch voedingsmiddelen tentoonstelling. Het is de enige voedingsbeurs die betrekking heeft op deze regio en derhalve biedt het Holland paviljoen voor u een unieke gelegenheid om in contact te komen met kopers en zakelijke partners uit de Noorse regio alsmede de buurlanden.


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