German film actor and director Margarethe von Trotta is most known for such films as Marianne and Juliane, Rosa Luxemburg and Hannah Arendt. Her latest film, Searching for Ingmar Bergman, is a thoughtful and poetic documentary about the famed Swedish film and theater director Ingmar Bergman. Von Trotta's luminous exploration features interviews many familiar faces from the Bergman universe - actors, directors and writers, all either connected directly to Bergman's work, or heavily influenced by it. But far more importantly, the film is a deeply personal take, filtering Bergman's art through Von Trotta's own artistic perspective. The film opens commercially in New York City on November 2, after having been shown recently at the New York Film Festival. Theater journalist Stan Schwartz had the great pleasure of sitting down with Von Trotta for a chat about her film and the Swedish master. Here are some edited excerpts from their conversation.View more news
Do you need to renew a passport, or pick up a new one? Information can be found under:
Do you have questions regarding Swedish citizenship? Please see:
Did you just have a baby and want to register a name and get a Swedish passport? First you need a coordination number:
Due to building regulations, all visitors to the Consulate General in New York must schedule an appointment through our online calendar, regardless of what business you need to conduct (except to vote):
Please note that all visa and residence permit applications are handled by the Embassy in Washington DC. The Consulate General of Sweden cannot offer any assistance in these matters.
The Consulate General of Sweden in New York does not arrange or officiate wedding ceremonies but Swedish citizens may get married at the Church of Sweden in New York or at the Office of the City Clerk.
Before getting married in New York, whether in a religious or civil ceremony, you must first obtain a marriage license from the New York City Marriage Bureau at The Office of the City Clerk.
For up-to-date rules and procedures regarding marriage licenses and ceremonies, please contact the New York City Marriage Bureau directly. To get married at the Church of Sweden in New York, you must be a member of the Church of Sweden. You should contact the pastor by telephone and schedule the wedding ceremony well in advance.
Are you residing abroad and want to vote in the Swedish elections?
You can access the totalization agreement online at the official website of the U.S. Social Security Administration:
If you live in the United States and wish to apply for Swedish pension or retirement benefits, visit or contact your nearest U.S. Social Security office:
If you have already applied to collect Swedish pension or retirement benefits but have questions about payments or service, contact the Swedish Pensions Agency in Sweden via email or at the address and number indicated in the box on the right.
The income tax treaty between Sweden and the U.S. is available at the website of:
> The Internal Revenue Service (PDF)
What can the Consulate do for Swedish citizens in its consular district in a crisis situation?
> Information on emergency assistance (in Swedish)
Do you want to apply for a visa or a residence permit, or schedule an interview? Please contact the Embassy of Sweden in Washington DC. The Consulate General in New York does not handle any kind of migration matters.
The Consulate also maintains a list of lawyers in the Tri-State area (not all Swedish speaking) that is available upon request via email.
Swedish American Bar Association Swedish speaking lawyers in the United States c/o Mikael Koltai, Esq. 5020 Campus Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660 Phone: 949-706-9111 Toll Free: 888-MKOLTAI Fax: 949-706-9155 Email: email@example.com http://saba-advokat.com/
>Adult/Non-credit Swedish Language Instruction at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU SCPS). Classes normally take place at Scandinavia House.
>Swedish in New York - private Swedish classes for adults and children
Swedish for Children in NY, NJ and CT:
> SWEA New York (Swedish Women's Educational Association)
>Svenska kyrkan i New York (The Church of Sweden in New York)
> Svenska mammor (Swedish Moms)
>Föreningen Svenskar i Världen (SVIV)
>Other Swedish Programs - for adults and children
>Swedish Proficiency Test - TISUS and Swedex
TISUS and Swedex are standardized tests that measure proficiency in the Swedish language.
The Test in Swedish for University Studies (TISUS) is intended to establish eligibility for Swedish-language university studies. TISUS is used as a final test in many preparatory Swedish courses, but it is also open to others with previous knowledge of Swedish. TISUS includes reading comprehension, oral presentation and written composition.
The test is given twice a year in Sweden and abroad, including a number of test locations in the United States. Test registration and payment is administered centrally in Sweden by the Department of Scandinavian Languages (Institutionen för nordiska språk) at Stockholm University.
If you are interested in taking the TISUS test in the United States, please contact Stockholm University to arrange for a date at a U.S. location. It is not possible to arrange to take the test by contacting the Consulate General of Sweden in New York directly; registration must be done through Stockholm University.
Swedex is a new series of examinations that measure Swedish language competency for non-native speakers. An emphasis is placed on verbal communication and practical language application. Co-funded by the European Commission and co-organized by Folkuniversitetet and the Swedish Institute, the standardized Swedex examinations became available in Sweden and throughout Europe in autumn 2004.
NOTE: Swedex does not establish eligibility for Swedish-language university studies.
The Swedish Institute: www.si.se
Uppsala International Summer Session: www.uiss.org
Glossa Swedish Summer Courses in Uppsala: www.glossa-sweden.com
Augustana Summer School: www.augustana.edu
SportCamp Language Camp at Lundsberg: www.sportcamp.se
Scandinavian studies at Mälardalens University: www.educations.com
American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19145 www.americanswedish.org
American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55407 www.asimn.org
Nordic Heritage Museum 3014 NW 67th Street Seattle, WA 98117 www.nordicmuseum.org
Swedish American Museum Center 5211 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60640 www.swedishamericanmuseum.org
Swedish Council of America 2600 Park Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55407 www.swedishcouncil.org
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center Augustana College 639 38th Street Rock Island, IL 61201 www.augustana.edu