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Swe-Cham News Feed | August 14, 2023


Dutch economic contraction according to the latest report from CSB

Photo credit: CBS. Information from the latest report

According to the first quarterly estimate conducted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS), in Q2 2023 the volume of gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 0.3 percent relative to the previous quarter. In Q1 2023, GDP fell by 0.4 percent. The contraction in Q2 is mainly due to a decrease in the trade balance and in household consumption.

Key headlines: 

  • Trade balance and household consumption are falling
  • Economic growth in the European Union stagnating

World Water Week 2023 digital and live in Stockholm

Photo credit: Stockholm International Water Institute. Information from the World Water website:

World Water Week 2023 is focused on innovation at a time of unprecedented challenges. The theme Seeds of Change: Innovative Solutions for a Water-Wise World invites us to rethink how we manage water. Which ideas, innovations, and governance systems will we need in a more unstable and water scarce world?

World Water Week has been organized every year since 1991 by Stockholm International Water Institute, which curates the content. It is the leading conference on global water, championing cooperation across sectors and national boundaries.


Are you the next winner of our Business Awards 2023? Applications are open!

The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands, the Embassy of Sweden, and Business Sweden are proud to present three Swedish Chamber Business Awards 2023:

  • Swedish Chamber Achievement Award 2023
  • Swedish Chamber Entrepreneurship Award 2023
  • Swedish Chamber Tech for Good Award 2023

The Award Ceremony 2023 will take place at the Swedish Chamber Exclusive Annual Dinner on December 15, 2023, together with our Sustainability and Innovation Summit. 

Applications can be sent to the Swedish Chamber of Commerce before October 1.

Swedish Chamber member Intrum publish European Payment Report 2023

Information from

The Intrum report is based on a survey that was conducted simultaneously in 29 European countries between the end of November 2022 and March 2023. The European Payment Report 2023 paints a picture of how inflation and rising interest rates are continuing to squeeze European businesses, putting liquidity and credit management in the spotlight.

Key findings:

  • Inflation hits revenues and growth
  • Businesses must learn how to break the late-payments loop
  • Chasing payments is costing Europe a quarter of a trillion euros a year


On December 15, 2023, the Swedish Chamber of Commerce proudly presents the Sustainability & Innovation Summit 2023 – “Driving the Green Transition Together" followed by the exclusive annual Lucia Dinner at Hotel Hilton, Amsterdam.

At this summit we will be joined by business leaders, entrepreneurs, politicians, and academics from both Sweden and the Netherlands, discussing learnings from the recent Swedish Presidency of the European Council in regard to driving the European sustainability agenda forward. At the event, we will discuss the key takeaways from the recent COP28, and where this leads us. In relation to the European Green Deal, we will also address how Swedish-Dutch companies can adjust their business models and collaborations based on these shared aspirations. 

Make use of our exclusive Early Bird offer and book your seats before August 31. Visit our website to read more about the event and take part in the offer. 

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