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
Our contact details:
Consular Section of the Austrian Embassy
Opening hours of the consular section:
Monday to Friday, 09:30 to 12:00
Closed on Austrian public holidays.
On-call service for consular emergencies: +45 21 72 79 41
Advantage Austrian Copenhagen
(Commercial Section of the Austrian Embassy Copenhagen)
Grønningen 5, 3. sal
DK 1270 København K
Tel: +45 33 11 14 12
Fax: +45 33 91 14 13
Monday - Thursday, 08:00 to 17:00
Friday, 08:00 to 14:00
Tour d'horizon with H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik
New Year Reception at Christiansborg Palace, wishing H.M. Margrethe II, H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik and the entire royal family a Happy New Year! A Lovely Tradition which gave the Ambassador the opportunity to talk with H.R.H. Crown Prince Frederik on issues from DK, AT and the world. Great start of 2016.
The Ambassador in the SOCIETY magazine
The international Vienna based diplomatic magazine SOCIETY has dedicated two pages to the Austrian Embassy's activities in Denmark, on which Ambassador Brezovszky is giving an overview of cultural and political topics and the relationship between the two countries.
The same issue presents you with a country portrait of Denmark and an interview with the Ambassador of Denmark to Austria, Liselotte Plesner.
Working Visit in Aarhus
Ambassador Brezovszky in Aarhus, meeting with Jacob Bundsgaard, the innovative mayor of Aarhus, and Rebecca Matthews, CEO of Aarhus 2017 - Europæisk Kulturhovedstad, to talk about SmartCities and plans for a cooperation in view of Aarhus2017.
AUSTRIA – AN INTERNATIONAL HOTSPOT FOR STARTUPS
The dynamic and innovative founder scene in Austria with an average age of 32.3 years is one of the youngest worldwide and increasingly attracts international attention. Forbes Magazine has counted Austria already among the startuphotspot in Europe for 2014.
The number of startups amid the daily 110 business formations is steadily increasing and 73% are initial foundings.
The highly skilled young entrepreneurs focus on the European and global market. Among the worldwide successful Austrian startups you find Runtastic (a standard fitness-app of the new Apple watch), Shpock (an app which enables direct sales and purchases within its more than 10 million users comprising network) as well as “Fastlane” (a project which was recently acquired by Twitter), and not least Blitab, the World Champion in Creative Entrepreneurship 2015 and winner of the CreativeBusinessCup in Copenhagen!
The Pioneers Festival - a yearly highlight of the startup community which takes place in the stunning historic Hofburg palace – brings together 1600 startups from 90 countries and 400 international investors.
Austria´s high quality of life (Vienna has been dubbed the city with the best quality of life in the world by Mercer), the good funding structure and a dynamically growing startup-community attract young entrepreneurs from all around the world.
Interesting links to the topic:
Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy
Austrian Federal Promotional Bank
Austrian Research Promotion Agency
Startup-service of the Austrian Economic Chambers
Austrian Business Agency - Invest in Austria
Austrian Angels Investors Association
Dinner in honour of Bertel Haarder, Danish Minister of Culture
The Austrian Ambassador had the honour to host a dinner for Danish Minister of Culture, Bertel Haarder, this Monday. Invited guests were leading personalities in the field of culture, among them Morten Kirkskov, Theatre Director at the Royal Theatre, Erland Kolding Nielsen, Director of the Royal Danish Library, Leif Lønsmann, Director DR Concert House, Sven Müller, Artistic Director at the Royal Danish Opera, Malene Truelsen, Administrative Director at the Royal Danish Opera, Christian Gether, Director Arken, as well as Member of Folketing, Morten Løkkegaard.
Reception for Tirol Tourism and its Manging Director Josef Margreiter
Visit to Aalborg
Meeting with Thomas Kastrup-Larsen, Mayor of Aalborg. Interesting talks about a visionary concept for an impressive City, as well as concerning possible future Danish-Austrian collaborations in the field of economics, science and culture.
In co-operation with KulturKontakt Austria, the Austrian Federal Chancellery makes available 50 residencies in Austria (Vienna and Salzburg) for Non-Austrians for the year 2016 .
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 artists. Residents are expected to complete a project during their stay.
Application deadline: 15. September 2015.
Morten Kjærum received High Austrian Decoration
On Monday, June 22nd 2015, the former Director of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency Vienna, Morten Kjærum, received the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Star for Services to the Republic of Austria, out of the hands of Austrian Ambassador Peter Brezovszky.
The laudatio was held by Mogens Lykketoft, newly elected President of the United Nations General Assembly.
Ambassador Brezovszky: “Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer has awarded this very high Austrian Decoration to Morten Kjærum in respect of Mr. Kjærum´s outstanding achievements for Human Rights in Europe and in the world. By making the EU Fundamental Rights Agency Vienna a strong and respected institution, he has also contributed to further strengthening Vienna as an international headquarters for 40 institutions and more than 6000 international civil servants.”
Since April 2015, Morten Kjærum has been the Director of the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Lund, Sweden.
Sustainability Lecture by Dr. Kandeh Yumkella on "Sustainable Energy for All"
On May 26th Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, spoke on the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All), a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to transform the world’s energy systems.
The event was held upon the invitation of the University of Copenhagen - in collaboration with the Austrian Embassy in Copenhagen - and was organized by the Sustainability Science Centre.
More information can be found on the webseite of the University of Copenhagen.
See the slides used by Dr. Yumkella here.
Mogens Lykketoft, Speaker of the Danish Parliament, in Vienna
Friendly bilateral relations formed the predominant theme of the visit of Mogens Lykketoft, Speaker of the Danish Parliament and President-designate of the UN General Assembly, to the Austrian Nation Council President Doris Bures on April 28th.
Besides meeting Austrian Nation Council President Doris Bures, Lykketoft was also received by the Austrian Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer.
Visit of the Governor of the Federal Province of Upper Austria Mr. Josef Pühringer and Delegation in Denmark
The Governor of the Federal Province of Upper Austria Mr. Josef Pühringer visited Denmark with a delegation of the Upper Austrian federal state government and the healthcare sector. The three-day long mission was organized by the Austrian Embassy in Copenhagen in cooperation with the Austrian Trade Commission aimed at the exchange of information and views on good practice in the field of healthcare.The high-ranking delegation met, inter alia, the Chairman of the Capital Region Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Copenhagen Mayor of Health and Care Ninna Thomsen, the Chairman of the Central Denmark Region Bent Hansen, the Mayor of Aarhus Jacob Bundsgaard, Member of the Danish Parliament Bertel Haarder, Mayor of Helsingør Benedikte Kiær, WHO Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab, the rector of the University of Aarhus Brian Bech Nielsen, and the Chief Executive Officer at Aarhus University Hospital Gert Sørensen. Among others, they visited the University Hospital Skejby near Aarhus, the UN-City Copenhagen, and the Danish Industry Association with a meeting on Public Private Partnership in the healthcare sector.
Austrian Minister for Family and Youth Affairs Sophie Karmasin visited Denmark to exchange experiences
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
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.
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:
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
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