Summary of current Topics and Key Aspects
We are pleased to welcome you to the homepage of the Austrian Embassy in Copenhagen!
Here you will find information on politics, economics and culture from and about Austria. In our guide section you will find a variety of consular information for travel to Austria as well as useful information for Austrians residing in Denmark. The Austrian Embassy in Copenhagen also covers Greenland, Faeroer and Iceland.
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The team of the Austrian Embassy Copenhagen
Election of Doris Bures as the new President of the National Council
Doris Bures was elected the new President of the National Council, succeeding Barbara Prammer who has passed away on 2 August 2014.
picture ©Parlamentsdirektion, Bildagentur Zolles KG, Mike Ranz
Swearing-in of New Members of the Austrian Federal Government
On 1 September 2014, in the course of the government reshuffle due to the resignation of the Federal Minister of Finance, Michael Spindelegger, the new members of the Austrian Federal Government were sworn in by Federal President Heinz Fischer:
Reinhold Mitterlehner as the new Vice-Chancellor instead of Michael Spindelegger, Johann Georg Schelling as the new Federal Minister of Finance instead of Michael Spindelegger, Alois Stöger as the new Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology instead of Doris Bures, Sabine Oberhauser as the new Federal Minister for Health instead of Alois Stöger.
Furthermore, Sonja Stessl was sworn in as State Secretary in the Federal Chancellery and Harald Mahrer was sworn in as State Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.
For more information and all members of the Austrian Federal Government please visit the official homepage
Barbara Prammer - 1954-2014
The Austrian Embassy regrets to inform that Ms. Barbara Prammer, Speaker of the Austrian Parliament, has passed away on 2nd August 2014. A Book of Condolence can be signed here
Sonning Prize: Film Director Michael Haneke in Copenhagen
The Austrian Film Director Michael Haneke made a guest apperance in Copenhagen receiving the Sonning Prize 2014 by the University of Copenhagen. On the evening after the award ceremony, the Austrian Ambassador Ernst-Peter Brezovszky hosted a dinner in honour of the award winner.
Picture from left to right: Ralf Hemmingsen, Dean of University of Copenhagen, Ernst-Peter Brezovszky, the Austrian Ambassador to Denmark, Peter Schepelern, Associate professor (UCPH), who delivered the Sonning-Speech, Film Director Lars von Trier, and Film Director Michael Haneke, who received the Sonning Prize 2014, togehter with his wife, Susanne.
More pictures can be found here.
Call for Applications for the Artist-in-Residence-Programme 2015
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies in Vienna for the year 2015. The residency is designed to offer an opportunity to familiarise oneself with the Austrian art scene and cultural environment and to make contact with Austrian creative artists. Residents are expected to complete a project during their stay.
Applications can be submitted until July 15 resp. July 31, 2014.
Further information about the programme is available here.
Child custody and visiting rights across EU borders
The European Commission has kicked of a Europe-wide awareness campaign providing targeted information to international families on cross-border parental child abduction and child custody and visiting rights. This campaign aims to improve the families' understanding of their rights and obligations, to raise awareness of what help and rules exist in case international families decide to separate, and to support an agreement in the best interest of the child.
Further information and weblinks can be found in the following brochures:
The Austrian Artist Conchita Wurst wins the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen with the ballad "Rise Like A Phoenix"
We sincerely congratulate Conchita Wurst and also thank Copenhagen and Denmark for the great hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest. Austria will be happy to host the event in 2015.
Michael Haneke is awarded the Sonning prize 2014
The Austrian director Michael haneke is awarded the Sonning prize 2014 for outstanding contributions to European culture. At DKK 1 million it is the largest cultural award in Denmark.
The Embassy warmly congratulates on this award and is looking forward to the ceremonial on 18 June 2014 in the Ceremonial Hall at the University of Copenhagen.
Ambassador Ernst-Peter Brezovszky with H.E. President of Iceland Olafur Grimsson
HUNDERTWASSER at Arken Museum of Modern Art
Exhibition period: 01. Februar 2014 - 01. Juni 2014, open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-17:00, Wednesday 10:00-21:00, Monday closed.
More information here
Centennial Commemoration of the outbreak of World War I: 1914-2014
On the occassion of the centennial commemoration of the outbreak of World War I, the Austrian Federal Government commissioned a group of historians to prepare a summary report on this matter.
Swearing in of new government
Group photo of the Austrian Federal Government - The Faymann Cabinet II (since 16 December 2013)
(f.l.t.r. front) Federal Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection Rudolf Hundstorfer, Federal Minister without portfolio Sophie Karmasin, Federal Minister for Education, Arts and Culture Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger, Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann, Federal Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology Doris Bures, Federal Minister for the Interior Johanna Mikl-Leitner, State Secretary of Finance Sonja Steßl, Federal Minister for the Economy, Family and Youth and of Science and Research Reinhold Mitterlehner
(f.l.t.r. back) Federal Minister for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management Andrä Rupprechter, Federal Minister for European and International Affairs Sebastian Kurz, Federal Minister of Defence and Sport Gerald Klug, Federal Minister for Health Alois Stöger, Chancellery Minister Josef Ostermayer, Federal Minister of Justice Wolfgang Brandstetter, State Secretary of Finance Jochen Danninger
picture ©BKA/Andy Wenzel
Article in the political magazine Europäische Rundschau
Analysis by the Ambasssador Ernst-Peter Brezovszky on the Transatlantic Dialogue. Published in Europäische Rundschau (2013/3, p.57-62), one of the leading German-langauage foreign political magazines.
Austrian International Cultural Policy
A proactive and innovative international cultural policy is a quality benchmark of Austria’s foreign policy. Its tasks and objectives are precisely formulated in the NEW International Cultural Policy Concept, which has been in force since 2001. More