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During this uncertain time, many businesses are struggling to cope with the challenges that come with the novel Coronavirus. As you may know, SACCNY is conducting a comprehensive survey to better understand how our members are coping with the situation and what actions are being taken. We have heard from more than 100 companies and one key insight across the board is the increased need of a strong support network and continued communication with other businesses.

In response to this, and to expanded engagement with our newsletter since the outbreak of COVID-19, we are increasing our newsletter frequency to a weekly edition for the foreseeable future. During this time, we will compile pertinent resources for your business, insights and tips from leading industry experts, as well as breaking news relevant to the Swedish-American community.

Many of our members have been working tirelessly on shaping new initiatives and building on and forming new partnerships to help out during the crisis. We have created a new section, Members Making Headlines, to highlight these initiatives and we encourage you to utilize this as a source of inspiration and motivation and send us any updates you would like to share.

We would also like to kindly remind you that the SACCNY team is maintaining a regular work schedule and are ready to help you with anything you need at this time.
During this time, SACCNY is maintaining a regularly updated list of helpful and trusted resources you can turn to for guidance. Make sure to stay updated and follow government guidelines and recommendations, as they are changing regularly.
  Government | Comprehensive information about measures the Swedish government has taken to support and facilitate companies to get through this crisis. This list is continuously updated.

Legal | On April 10, the President issued Memorandum on Visa Sanctions, which focused on immigration compliance measures and enforcement. Read to know more about changes to visa sanctions, extensions of nonimmigrant status, and visa premium processing.

Finance | In response to the novel Coronavirus, the U.S. federal government has introduced the CARES Act to provide financial assistance to individuals, small businesses and health care providers in an attempt to stabilize the economy.

Online Child Safety | With sheltering-in-place and education migrating online many children are at greater risk of abuse and exploitation at home and online. Together with UNICEF, WHO and other partners, Childhood USA, a Commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission, has developed practical tips to help keep children safe.

Challenge yourself and apply for the SSE MBA Carl Silfvén Scholarship. You build a diverse and international network with business specialists and a sound board for future challenges and ideas. If you are motivated and ready to commit yourself – do it!
The latest updates on COVID-19 for the Swedish-American business community.
NY TIMES | Sweden is encouraging social distancing but has not shut down businesses, attempting to adapt to Coronavirus by design.
NY TIMES | The Senate passed a $484 billion relief package, after Democrats and Trump administration officials finalized an agreement.
NY TIMES | The country is an outlier in Europe, trusting its people to voluntarily follow the protocols. Many haven’t, but it does not seem to have hurt them.
PRESS RELEASE | Fashinnovation Worldwide Talks gathered the fashion industry online for two days of discussions on April 20 and 21, with over 80 speakers addressing the industry challenges and potential solutions.
Embassy of Sweden | While the world continues to be in lockdown, the Embassy of Sweden in Washington D.C. has compiled a weekly newsletter gathering links to Swedish art, exhibitions, movies, and online seminars to enjoy at home. Read and subscribe to the newsletter here.
 DI | Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca's sales continued to increase in the first quarter, with some support from short-term stock increases, longer prescriptions and better compliance due to COVID-19.
WSJ Answers All Your Questions About Money Amid the Pandemic
WSJ | Here you’ll find the latest information you need to manage your finances during this crisis.

Stockholm Expected To Reach 'Herd Immunity' In May, Swedish Ambassador 
NPR | Sweden's ambassador to the U.S. believes the country's controversial strategy of imposing only limited restrictions — and not locking down the country — is bearing success, with the capital Stockholm on course to reach herd immunity.

Sweden Steps Up Coronavirus Controls as Warm Weather Adds to Risks
Bloomberg | Sweden says it may adopt a tougher approach in enforcing social distancing guidelines after throngs of people headed for parks, bars and restaurants to make the most of the warm weather.

How Greta Thunberg Transformed Existential Dread into a Movement
The New Yorker | After a time, Greta Thunberg and her family decided that freaking out was the only rational response, not only to climate change but to modern life. Here is how she started a global climate movement.

ICC and WTO Call for Increased International Trade in Response to COVID-19
ICC |  ICC and WTO have issued a joint statement underscoring the crucial role trade and trade rules have to play in both the health and economic response to the COVID-19 crisis.
While we can't enjoy the richness of New York City at this time, we have added a digital popup exhibition featuring New York City-based Swedish artists and photographers who bring us a glimpse of what the City looks like today.
"While the face mask-clad street performer plays a beautiful rendition of ”Imagine” in the foreground, a personal trainer does his advanced workout routine in the background. I shot this picture in Central Park, and for some reason it gives me hope. We will bounce back!" - Pontus Höök
Photographed by: Pontus Höök. To see more of his work click here.
Every week we reach into our network and share news on our member companies.
VOLVO CAR USA | Recently, Volvo Car USA announced it would support children undergoing cancer treatment during COVID-19 by matching every dollar donated to Alex Lemonade Stand and reposition their fleet of press and marketing cars to support nurses and doctors on the front lines to provide relief for hospitals. 
BREAKIT | In an effort to flatten the curve, the Absolut Company joins the healthcare sector by producing hand sanitizer. The company can deliver alcohol, the main ingredient in hand spirits, to authorities that need it.

Photo credit: Absolut Media Room
VISIT SWEDEN | Even if you’re unable to travel to Sweden due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Visit Sweden shows you how to discover the richness of Swedish culture from afar.
NASDAQ | COVID-19 and its economic impact, how companies are handling the crisis and more. Receive the latest updates about the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.
Why we cannot lose sight of the Sustainable Development Goals during Coronavirus
WEF | While we must scale up the immediate health response to curb the spread of COVID-19, the response to the pandemic cannot be de-linked from the SDGs.

Recap of 50th Anniversary: Digital Earth Day Connects Millions in Global Calls to Action
Earth Day | The 50th anniversary of Earth Day was unlike any previous demonstration. Entirely online, Earth Day Live was an experiment.   

Sweden Adds Name to Growing List of Coal-Free States in Europe
Euractiv | Sweden has become the third European country to eliminate coal from electricity production, after its last coal power plant permanently closed two years ahead of schedule last week.

SACCNY Gold Members among Swedish Top Chiefs Advocating to Rethink Economic Priorities Amid COVID-19
 DI | The Coronavirus crisis gives an opportunity to change to a climate-neutral economy among other priorities, writes H&M CEO, Helena Helmersson, and Volvo CEO, Martin Lundstedt.

6 ways social innovators are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic 
WEF |  The Coronavirus crisis gives an opportunity to change to a climate-neutral economy among other priorities, writes H&M CEO, Helena Helmersson, and Volvo CEO, Martin Lundstedt.
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