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

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                                                        HC Kammel with Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer, May 28, 2015, in Vienna

                                                        HC Kammel with Austrian President Dr. Heinz Fischer, May 28, 2015, in Vienna


Austria Club of Washington:

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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MAIFEST im Benson Barn in North Bend: May 16

Herzlichen Dank to all volunteers and organizers of the Austrian Club of Washington for the Maifest!  We enjoyed good food, lively Alpenmusik and dancing, performace by the Schuhplattler, and having a fun time together with many of you! For Photos of the event check out the Club's website.

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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 June 2015

SCHOOL IS OUT!!

Enjoy the beginning of summer!

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Save the Dates:

Austrian- American Day Celebration: Sunday, September 27,                     Austrian National Holiday Celebration: Sunday, October 25

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Honorarkonsulartagung in Wien , Reflections

End of May I had the privilege to participate in  the Honorarkonsultagung in Vienna, a get-together of Honorary Consuls from around the world arranged every 10 years by the Aussenministerium. Out of the 300 HCs world wide about 1/2 of them could join.  It was very well organized, we got a thorough update on what is happening in Austria and our duties as HC. We were treated with delicious authentic Austrian food, an elegant dinner at the Naturhistorischem Museum with a nightly view of the glistering city from the roof top of the Museum, a trip to the Wachau, and many more exciting moments. Highlights included a visit with the Austrian President Dr. Fischer and the Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz. It was an inspiring and fun time we could spend in Vienna deepening our commitment to Austria and to serving all Austrians in our region.

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Please click here for the June 2015 issues of "Informationen aus Österreich"

Juni (1) - 11/15                   Juni (17) - 12/15

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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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