The engaging Leif Pagrotsky, who had arrived to New York one month earlier, included in his remarks his thanks to Honorary Consul General David E.R. Dangoor for having kept the Honorary Consulate General running during the past six years.
“There are two elements which I intend to highlight during my time in New York, which is increasing trade between both nations and highlighting Swedish culture,” Pagrotsky said. One of Sweden’s current largest export markets is the U.S. and it is growing rapidly. “Something we need to realize: New York is the most visible city in the world, with the most diplomats and journalists — nowhere are you as visible as in New York,” Pagrotsky added.
He particularly recognized and celebrated Restaurant Aquavit and its owner Håkan Swahn for hiring accomplished Emma Bengtsson, who in turn has earned two Michelin stars, and is one of three female chefs in the entire U.S. to hold two or more Michelin stars.
Consul General Pagrotsky spoke of the importance of reconnecting alumni of larger educational institutes from Sweden in New York, and using them as ambassadors of Sweden. Sweden has grown significantly with young entrepreneurs leading the way, rather than following already set trends. “After Silicon Valley, the Swedish capital produces the highest number of so-called “unicorns” per capita than any other global city, which is something we should be very proud of,” Pagrotsky exclaimed.
The new Consulate General is also very pleased to announce the extended hours throughout the week for passport issues and applicants, to the convenience of Swedes in the city.
Ebba Long