The 450 year long Portuguese colonial rule in Angola ended in 1974 following a ten year guerrilla war. In 1992 the country organized the first relatively free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections, the outcome of which was rejected by the contesting parties. As a consequence, tensions rose between the various political fractions, which led to a civil war that only came to an end in 2002.
The bilateral relations between Austria and Angola are trouble-free. Ambassador Öppinger-Walchshofer presented her credentials on 4 October 2013 to President Eduardo Dos Santos. In 1981 the Austrian ambassador to Zambia was accredited as the first non-resident Austrian ambassador to Angola. After the closure of the Austrian Embassy in Lusaka in 1989, Angola was covered by the Austrian Embassy in Harare, followed by the Austrian Embassy in Pretoria since 1 January 2012. In addition to its Embassy in Pretoria, Austria is represented in Angola by its Honorary Consulate in Luanda. On 28 and 29 May 2015 the Austrian Honorary Consul, Antonio Mosquito met the Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz in Vienna at a gathering of Austrian honorary consuls from around the world. In 1983 an Honorary Consulate of Angola was established in Vienna. Since 1996, Angola has been represented in Austria by its Embassy in Vienna. About 11 Austrian citizens live in Angola
The Austrian Trade Commission in Luanda was closed in 1986. However, in 2006 a first country forum on Angola was organized by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber in Vienna followed by an exploratory mission to Luanda during the same year. In May 2010 a fully fledged Austria trade mission consisting of 18 Austrian companies travelled to Angola. The trade relations between Austria and Angola are growing. In 2016 the Austrian exports to Angola amounted to € 50.79 million and consisted predominantly of parts of drilling machines and other machinery, measuring instruments and optical equipment as well as water, whereas the Austrian imports stood at € 25.4 million, consisting mainly of petroleum and petroleum products.
Decoration Ceremony for HK Mosquito
On the 6th of June 2016 Ambassador Brigitte Öppinger-Walchshofer decorated the Honorary Consul in Luanda, António Mosquito, for 20 years of excellent service to the Republic of Austria.. On this occasion – and in the presence of over hundred invited guests – the Ambassador thanked the Honorary Consul for having contributed greatly to the promotion and interchange between the two countries.
SOS Children's Villages operates three children's villages in Angola.
Angola is a member of UNESCO since 1977.
Seminar in Luanda
On 26 and 27 May, 2016, a seminar titled „Sustainable development and its 3 pillars: economic, social and environmental“ organized by the Austrian Embassy and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna took place at Academia BAI in Luanda. On the first day of the seminar local speakers gave their lectures and the second day was dedicated to Professor Laris Gaiser from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna who talked about „Economic Diversification in Resource rich Countries”. Similar seminars were organized by the Diplomatic Academy Vienna during the previous years.
New Austrian Honorary Consulate in Luanda
On 20 November 2017 the Chargé d’Affaires of the Austrian Embassy in Pretoria visited the new premises of the Austrian Honorary Consulate in Luanda, Angola. The new offices of the Consulate, built by the Austrian Honorary Consul to Angola, Mr. Antonio Mosquito, are a fine representation of Austria in one of the most important countries of the region.