Dutch Swedish exchange
The Dutch and Swedish peoples have much in common; similar views on life, culture, values and their place in the larger European landscape all bear a resemblance to each other. Both the people of Holland and Sweden are renowned for their linguistic abilities and the Germanic base of both languages make the transition between the two relatively easy (for nations of multi-lingual people anyway!). It is no surprise then that there is a great interest in people exchanges between the two nations.
Exchanges between Holland and Sweden are increasingly varied. In recent years language sites have cropped up in which native Dutch speakers teach Swedes online Dutch and visa versa. Homes too are traded for short or long term moves between the two nations. Students regularly participate in student exchanges and friendships which encompass some or all of these components are regularly established via online chat rooms and social networking sites. Agencies which facilitate student exchanges have been operating for years and a great number of Dutch and Swiss students have benefited from these experiences.
With the establishment of the European Union this exchange relationship only got better. Because both the Netherlands and Sweden are members they share a common passport and currency making the transition between countries easier than ever before for both business and pleasure. In addition to a strong personal and cultural relationship these two countries have one of the oldest, established chambers of commerce in Europe. The Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the Netherlands provides business links and advice on business between the two nations. It also acts as an information hub for events and issues; economic, social and political, between the two countries.
Dutch/Swiss relations continue to go from strength to strength in all aspects of social, cultural and business endeavors.