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Inauguration of Consulate-General in New York

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Sweden’s new Consulate-General in New York was inaugurated yesterday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg and Sweden’s new Consul-General Leif Pagrotsky. Also in attendance were representatives of the US Department of State and the City of New York.

  • Mikael Damberg, Björn Lyrvall, Hillary Schrenell and Leif Pagrotsky

    Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg inaugurates the Consulate-General. Pictured here with Ambassador Björn Lyrvall, New York City Deputy Commissioner Hillary Schrenell, and incoming Consul-General Leif Pagrotsky.

    Photo: Amanda Malmquist/Sweden’s Consulate-General in New York

  • Leif Pagrotsky

    Leif Pagrotsky holds his first speech as Consul-General.

    Photo: Amanda Malmquist/Sweden’s Consulate-General in New York

  • Outgoing Honorary Consul-General David E. R. Dangoor

    Outgoing Honorary Consul-General David E. R. Dangoor.

    Photo: Amanda Malmquist/Sweden’s Consulate-General in New York

  • Mikael Damberg at the NASDAQ

    On Tuesday the Minister for Enterprise and Innovation closed the NASDAQ Stock Market.

    Photo: Amanda Malmquist/Sweden’s Consulate-General in New York

  • Breakfast seminar

    Breakfast seminar on Swedish start-ups.

    Photo: Amanda Malmquist/Sweden’s Consulate-General in New York

  • Mikael Damberg, Björn Lyrvall, Leif Pagrotsky and David E. R. Dangoor

    Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Mikael Damberg, Ambassador Björn Lyrvall, newly appointed Consul-General Leif Pagrotsky, outgoing Honorary Consul-General David E. R. Dangoor, and representatives of the US Department of State and the City of New York.

    Photo: Amanda Malmquist/Sweden’s Consulate-General in New York

Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony at the offices of the Consulate-General, the inauguration continued at the Swedish Residence on Park Avenue. In front of an audience of more than 130 people representing the business, culture and media sectors and other important partners of the Consulate-General, Mikael Damberg and Leif Pagrotsky gave speeches in which they stressed the significance of renewed Swedish diplomatic representation in the city.

"In light of Sweden's new export strategy, we have seen that there is a need for a Swedish public presence in New York to promote contacts, trade and investment with the US. It is therefore gratifying that we have now once again opened a Swedish Consulate-General in New York, which is one of the most important cities in the world for the promotion of Brand Sweden," says Mr Damberg.

The inauguration of the Consulate-General in New York has also been marked with a number of activities in New York in which Mr Damberg has participated. On Tuesday, along with representatives of Swedish promotion organisations in the US, he closed the NASDAQ Stock Market, and yesterday he spoke at a breakfast seminar on Swedish start-ups.