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In the OECD’s latest ranking of countries according to labour force participation rate, . Among other things, a strong focus on gender equality, parental leave and child care have contributed to reaching this position in the ranking. Here are some interesting facts found on :
  • Parental leave in Sweden is paid for 480 days and shared between parents - mother and father
  • 90 days are reserved for each parent while the remaining days can be shared at will
  • If you need to take days off to care for a sick child, there is compensation through the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, which is available for parents with children under 12 years
  • From the day they turn one, children in Sweden have the right to a place in nursery school
  • Affordable childcare is one of the main reasons why most parents in Sweden choose to go back to work after their parental leave.
You who have followed SwedCham over the past few years know that we launched an initiative called in December 2021 - our contribution to Singapore's Year of the Woman. This initiative included in Singapore from two to four weeks. Another 19 companies joined us in this pledge during the following six months.

We are excited to see that Singapore in this year's budget decided that  for fathers of Singaporean children born from 1 January 2024. We applaud this effort by Singapore's government to support dads to get more involved with their newborns! And we encourage more business communities in Singapore to join the dialogue around gender equality and the contribution of both women and men to grow a strong and healthy economy. 

Please find below the latest news from our business community.

Your dedicated SwedCham team, 

Lisa & Anna

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New SwedCham Member
SwedCham welcomes the following new member to its business community:

: Develops and produces radiation therapy and radiosurgery-related equipment and clinical management for the treatment of cancer and brain disorders. Founded in 1972, Elekta is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with offices in more than 120 countries and listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. It has a global team of 4,700 employees.

Key contact: , Senior Vice President, APAC & Japan.
New SwedCham Gold Sponsor
SwedCham is delighted to welcome as new Gold Sponsor. We have had the opportunity to work with DBS for a few years now, and the collaboration has fostered knowledge exchange, new connections and innovation, not the least within the important areas of digitalisation and sustainability.

We look forward to continue this journey with DBS, championing the interests of Swedish enterprises in Singapore and the region.
Midwinter Ball tickets almost sold out!
Get ready to don your most dazzling attire, put on your sparkling dancing shoes, and join us for the most anticipated event of the year:

SwedCham's Annual Midwinter Ball
Silver & Gold

Since 1985, this signature event has been the talk of the town, and this year promises to be even more spectacular. At SwedCham we know how to party, and we invite you to experience the magic firsthand.

This is also the night when we will reveal the winners of the 2023 Swedish Company of the Year and Swede of the Year Awards.

What to expect:
  • An enchanting evening of music and dance
  • Delectable cuisine
  • Free-flowing drinks
  • Live entertainment
  • Prizes and surprises.

Whether you're a Swedish national, a friend of Sweden, or simply someone who loves a good time, this is the event for you.

All our VIP and Corporate tables are sold out, and we are are approaching sold-out also for our single tickets, so don't wait to get yours
Investment protection - what you need to know
Did you know that there are about 3,000 international treaties in place to protect your company's investments in Asia and beyond?

As many businesses still rely solely on contracts and national law when making cross-border investments, SwedCham's next online knowledge session could be a real eye opener. On 21 September, , Partner at law firm , will share what every business should know about investment protection.

Register for this virtual event
Wanna test drive a Polestar?
Our next will be hosted at Polestar Space, the show room of our brand new Partner Member  on Leng Kee Road. A part from providing a great night out for our Swedish business community, this Swedish electric performance car brand will also give 10 guests the opportunity to test drive a during the evening - first come, first served. The Polestar 3 will also be on show that night we have been promised...

Register for this event . Exclusively for SwedCham Members. Max 40 guests.
New W4W cross-chamber event
Our next women's cross-chamber AW is coming up on 3 October - this time hosted by and . Expect a great crowd as 11 international Chambers join forces. 

Register for this event . For more information about SwedCham's Women4Women Forum, scroll down .
Crayfish with Young Professionals
SwedCham's Young Professionals network recently held their biggest event to date as 30 members got together for a traditional Swedish crayfish party, complete with snaps, krondill, silly hats and bi-lingual snapsvisor. Helan Går, YP!

Register  for our next YP event: After Work on 14 September. More information about the YP network can be found .
News from the GIC
Circular fashion in focus for next GIC community workshop 

On Saturday 9 September 9-12 pm, SwedCham and  will be hosting our third GIC community workshop at the Cosy Garden in Bukit Batok - this time on the topic of CIRCULAR FASHION. During the morning, both adults and kids can learn how everyone can help drive sustainable change in our society when it comes to fashion and textiles.

, Singapore largest garment swapping platform, will throw Bukit Batok's first ever COMMUNITY CLOTHES SWAPPING PARTY, we will hear from  how Singapore is working towards a more sustainable fashion industry within the SG Green Plan 2030 and  will show us how to repurpose textile into beautiful art.

Free breakfast will be served - expect lots of family activities and interesting people to meet. For free access to the garment swapping event, bring three pieces of clothing.

Let's make a reality together!

As we have reached 100 registrations for this event, it is no longer possible to register online, but walk-in is still possible. 
Cancer Can Give workshop on therapeutic gardening

On 26 August, engaged with Cosy Garden's volunteers to host GIC’s second community workshop focusing on gardening and therapeutic horticulture for AstraZeneca's community. The workshop was designed to promote mindfulness, encourage positive social interactions, and build a connection with nature. The session was attended by cancer survivors from Singapore Cancer Society, Singapore Liver and Pancreas Cancer Support Group, employees from AstraZeneca Singapore, and was facilitated by Paul Bhathal from the Singapore National Parks Board (nPark), whose extensive experience in cultivating community gardens lent expertise to the workshop.
The multi-partied partnership exemplifies the synergy among partners from industry, patient groups and the government converging to inspire change and drive greater sustainability for the community in Singapore. Together, we can create a sustainable future for all!
SwedCham family event at the GIC

One Saturday morning in August, we had the pleasure of welcoming close to 90 people from SwedCham's business community with their families to discover the Green Innovation Centre in Cosy Garden.  

All our MNC and SME partners were represented during this morning session to give hands-on explanations of all the cool things that have installed in the garden, such as a renewable energy loop powered by solar, smart security solutions, smart rodent traps, a rainwater harvesting system, low-carbon concrete pathways, a net zero outdoor living room, and a therapeutic garden. Volunteers from Cosy Garden shared their wealth of knowledge on traditional gardening, hydroponic gardening, composting and explained how this city oasis came about a decade ago.

For the younger ones, there was a recycling workshop led by as well as a digital explorer trail to follow in the garden to learn more about sustainability.
The Green Innovation Centre in brief

Through this unique collaborative initiative, sponsored by 13 SwedCham companies, SwedCham has linked arms with a garden community in Bukit Batok as well as with  and the  in Bukit Batok. Based on a collaborative bottom-up process, the project aims to support the local community in exploring a sustainable urban lifestyle with knowledge, solutions and services around the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle) and green living (gardening and connecting with nature).

SwedCham's team is partnering with schools, sustainability-focused local SMEs and resident volunteers to create an agora at the Cosy Garden, which has been lovingly built by local volunteers over the past decade, where people of all ages can meet and learn about sustainable urban living. 

The initiative, which was launched on 8 June 2023, includes e.g. installations of a closed solar energy loop with a battery storage system, smart rodent traps, a therapeutic garden, smart security solutions, a rainwater harvesting system, low-carbon concrete pathways, and a net zero outdoor living room made of recycled scaffolding pipes and a PolyAl roof made out of recycled beverage cartons.

SwedCham is also launching hands-on community workshops in Bukit Batok around sustainability topics such recycling of packaging material, circular fashion and healthy eating / food waste. You can visit the Green Innovation Centre at Blk 106 Bukit Batok Central or explore it virtually through our digital explorer trail where 10 students from Butik Batok Secondary School and Queenstown Secondary School will guide you around the different sustainability stations. Download 's app and use  to access the trail.

The GIC launch video can be found 

Want to know more?  recently published an article on the Green Innovation Centre - read it .
Download the 2023 BCS
The results of Team Sweden's Business Climate Survey 2023 have now been launched and can be downloaded below: The Singapore results left and global results right. Happy reading! 
Partner news

Nu har SWEA startat upp för hösten! Den 13 september kl 10:30-12 på Svenska Residenset (39 Andrew Rd) blir det välkomstträff för nya och gamla medlemmar samt för dig som vill veta mer om vår organisation. Du får också chansen att träffa representanter från flera andra svenska organisationer och instanser i Singapore (Ambassaden, SwedCham, Svenska Skolan, Svenskar i Världen). SWEA bjuder på kaffe och bullar.

Anmäl dig på SWEA's hemsida


Team Sweden will host an Indo-Pacific Business Summit on 5 December this year. This Summit will be a direct continuation of the Sweden-Southeast Asia Business Summit (SSEABS) that has been held in 2016, 2018 and 2021. As such, it is a high-level meeting with the purpose to secure long-term collaboration between Sweden and Singapore in the direction of driving innovation that enables the green transition. The summit has a regional outlook and participants include governmental representatives, business leaders, and the academia. 

The overarching theme for Indo-Pacific Business Summit 2023 will be: Creating a Singapore-Sweden innovation platform for the Green Transition in the Indo-Pacific region. Supporting themes include:
  • Creating a competitive advantage to capture green growth opportunities
  • Attracting and develop talent in an era a green transition
  • Building a resilient society.
Frantzén Group's 2nd restaurant now open
After the huge success of , has now opened its second restaurant in Singapore: This new, more casual Singapore outpost is set in the grandeur of the Victoria Concert Hall and mirrors its Stockholm flagship that occupies what was once Astoria Cinema. Diners can expect an extensive à la carte menu, including, for example, råraka, the Swedish answer to rösti, featuring crisp Agria potatoes topped with löjrom (vendace roe), and Toast Astoria, a nod to traditional Swedish Toast Skagen with mounds of Baltic prawns and Norwegian king crab dressed with wasabi aioli and served on crisp sourdough.
Mamma Mia! returns to Singapore
Longing for some ABBA? Look no further. Their much loved musical is back in town for the third time in October-November.
Upcoming SwedCham events
Thursday 14 September: YP will host an .

Thursday 21 September: , Partner at , on investment protection in Asia – what every business should know.

Thursday 28 September: Our next  will be hosted by .

Tuesday 3 October: hosted by and .

Tuesday 10 October: with . , Sweden's Trade Commissioner to China, will share insights on the current market situation in China and the business climate for Swedish companies.

Saturday 4 November: Tickets on sale now!

Wednesday 8 November: Our next guest at SwedCham APAC CEO Seriesis , President and CEO of.

Thursday 30 November: Office neighbours  and will jointly host our SwedCham Connect in November. 
Recent SwedCham events

Wednesday 6 September: SwedCham Women4Women forum held anat Wine Connection @ Tanglin mall.

SwedCham Gold Sponsor together with SwedCham Partner Member held a session on how to advance digital transformation.

Monday 28 August: gave us a hands-on, whirlwind tour of 30 AI tools and experiences beyond ChatGPT.
YP Afterwork @ Moonstone Bar
Come join the next YP Afterwork!


Sep 14, 2023
(6:30 PM - 9:00 PM) (GMT+8)


Moonstone Bar
Investment Protection in Asia
What Every Business Should Know


Sep 21, 2023
(8:30 AM - 9:30 AM) (GMT+8)
SwedCham Connect @ Polestar


Sep 28, 2023
(6:00 PM - 8:30 PM) (GMT+8)


Polestar Space
45 Leng Kee Rd,
Singapore 159103
Market Outlook: China
How to Navigate the Land of the Dragon


Oct 10, 2023
(8:15 AM - 10:00 AM) (GMT+8)


SwedCham's Midwinter Ball
Silver & Gold


Nov 4, 2023
(7:00 PM) (GMT+8)


Goodwood Park Hotel
Micael Johansson, CEO, Saab Group
SwedCham APAC CEO Series


Nov 8, 2023
(3:00 PM - 4:00 PM) (GMT+8)
SwedCham Main Partners
SwedCham Partners
SwedCham Gold Sponsors
SwedCham Silver Sponsors


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