The Honorary Consulate of Austria

in Seattle, WA

For Washington, Idaho, and Montana

World Trade Center Seattle,

2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410

Seattle, WA 98121

(meetings by appointments only)

Tel: +1 425-395-4382

austrianconsulateseattle@yahoo.com www.austrianconsulateseattle.org

Temporary closure form May 25 - June 2 due to Participation in Honorarkonsulartagung in Vienna

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Austria Club of Washington:

Herzlichen Dank to all volunteers and organizers of the Austrian Club of Washington for the Maifest on May 16!  We enjoyed good food, lively Alpenmusik and dancing, and having a fun time together with many of you!

For events and meeting friends of Austria, please contact the Austria Club of Washington:               www.austriaclubwa.com

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Past Events:

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VISIT OF HONORARY CONSUL TO YAKIMA, WA, May 14-15, 2015

It was a pleasure to follow an invitation by IWAY (http://www.iway-yakima.org/), arranged by longtime Austria Club member Freya Burgstaller, and to give a presentation about Austria, that was preceded by delicious traditional Austrian cuisine, Goulash and Kaiserschmarrn!  Austrian wines, provided graciously by Freya rounded up a very enjoyable evening. A visit of the German language class at West Valley High School provided another possibility to promote highlights about Austria. Freya and the small but vibrant Austrian community in Yakima is hoping for a follow-up visit organized by the Club!

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Visit to Seattle of a Delegation from the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles: March 11-15, 2015:

Speaking for the Austrian Community of the greater Seattle area I want to express gratitude to the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles, for extending a complete consulate service during the Amtstage March 12-13, 2015. The huge demand showed how much appreciated this service was. Especially we want to thank Ms. Andrea Mais-Siffert for her patient, helpful and professional support to Austrians to get their “paper work” in order.

Busy days included a meeting with the Lt. Governor Brad Owen who arranged thoughtfully that the Austrian Flag was raised during our visit at the Capitol. Trade Commissioner Dr. Rudolf Thaler joined to emphasize the importance of in the economic exchange between Austria and Washington State.

The Österreicher Dinner at the Salmon House was a lovely evening where we could get to know our Honorable Consul General Ulrike Ritzinger.

A luncheon on Friday provided GC Ritzinger the opportunity to meet with other members of the Consular Association of Washington.

Definitely the highlight of this visit was the presence of GC Ritzinger at the 15th Viennese Ball. Her charming, yet natural personality was admired and no icebreaker was needed for many to talk to her, get a photo shoot, or even to dance with her. She brought a piece of “Heimat” to the Northwest.

Herzlichen Dank!

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Aktuelles – News for May 2015:

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Honorarkonsultagung in Wien , May 28-29

End of May I am heading to Vienna to participate in the Honorarkonsultagung, a get-together of Honorary Consuls from around the world arranged by the Aussenministerium, including a visit with the Austrian President Dr. Fischer and the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. I am eager to share with you these exciting days upon my return! 

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Please click here for the latest issue (May 20, 2015):

Informationen aus Österreich 10/15

A service of the Bundeskanzleramt to keep all Auslandssterreicher updated on what is going on in Austria. For all archived previous issues please go to:

http://www.bundeskanzleramt.at/site/7805/default.aspx

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60th Eurovisions Song Contest -  May 23, in Vienna!

70 years since the End of World War 11

60 years of Independence for Austria

On May 15, 1955, after 10 years of occupation, in a rare moment in history, America, Russia, France and Great Britain signed the declaration of Independence, and Bundeskanzler Leopold Figl declared form the balcony of the Belvedere:

Österreich ist Frei!!!

It took 6 further months until the last foreign soldier left Austrian territory. We will celebrate this final step towards freedom at the National Holiday October 26.

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Für Reisepass und Visa Angelegenheiten oder in Notfällen bitte kontaktieren Sie das Österreichische Generalkonsulat in Los Angeles unter +1 310-444-9310 oder auf 
www.austria-la.org

For passport and visa matters, or in case of emergency, kindly contact the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles at 310-444-9310 or consult www.austria-la.org

Herzlichst    Eva Kammel

Honorary Consul