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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.
For questions and suggestions, please contact us.
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
Sustainability Lecture by Dr. Kandeh Yumkella on "Sustainable Energy for All"
The University of Copenhagen - in collaboration with the Austrian Embassy in Copenhagen - is pleased to invite you to a Sustainability Lecture on "Sustainable Energy for All" (SE4All) on 26th of May at 9:00, organized by the Sustainability Science Centre.
Dr. Kandeh Yumkella, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive for the Sustainable Energy for All Initiative, will be speaking on the UN initiative Sustainable Energy for All, a multi-stakeholder initiative launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to transform the world’s energy systems.
Please remember to sign up for the lecture via the online form.
Sustainability Lecture on "Sustainable Energy for All" (SE4All)
26th of May 2015
9:00 - 10:00
Festauditoriet, Copenhagen University
Faculty of Science
1870 Frederiksberg C
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.
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