The Honorary Consulate of Austria

in Seattle, WA

For Washington, Idaho, and Montana

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!!!! VACATION !!!! VACATION !!!! The Honorary Consulate will be temporary closed from Juli 1 - August 1, 2016 !!!! VACATION !!!! VACATION !!!!

For assistance in consular matters and in case of an emergency please contact

the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles: www.austria-la.org

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meetings by appointment only:

World Trade Center Seattle,

2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410

Seattle, WA 98121

Tel: +1 425-395-4382

austrianconsulateseattle@yahoo.com www.austrianconsulateseattle.org

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 For Information about what is going on in Austria please check out "Information aus Österreich" or at http://www.bundeskanzleramt.at/site/4792/default.aspx

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Update on elections of Österreichischer Bundespräsident:

After the final results officially confirmed that Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen won the elections the party of the second placed candidate, FPÖ, contested the results. The arguments are now being heard by the Österreichischer Verfassungsgerichtshof (Austrian constitutional high court). The first round of hearings of witnesses is completed and a second round of further inquiries will begin on June 29. It is unclear if the final decision can be made in time for the planned inauguration of the new president on July 8. See https://www.vfgh.gv.at/ for more information from the Verfassungsgerichtshof.

Alexander Van Der Bellen: Austria's new President

After a nail baiting 24 hour wait until the final deciding absentee ballots were counted the result of the 2nd round of the Austrian Presidential election became official:

Alexander Van der Bellen (independent, former head of the Green Party) won by the narrowest margin (50.3%) of only about 31,000 (less than 1%) votes over Norbert Hofer (FPÖ, far right wing party) (49.7%). The participation rate was 72%. The record number of about 780,000 (17%) absentee ballots were casted, of which about 40,000 came from “Auslandsösterreicher” living all around the world, concerned about the situation, the image, reputation of their country.

In his first address Austria’s President Elect wowed to work hard to bring the two polarized, divided sides of voters together. Alexander Van der Bellen was University Professor for economics at the University of Vienna before becoming politically active in the Green party, became their leader, and served in the Nationalrat. He describes himself as a child of refugees (his family fled the Russian Empire after WWI). He is strongly supportive of the European Union and advocates European Federalism.  

For official results: http://www.bmi.gv.at/cms/BMI_wahlen/bundespraes/bpw_2016/start.aspx

Christian Kern:  Austria's new Chancellor

This election was not the only dramatic change in the political landscape of Austria: Since Mid May Austria’s government is headed by a new Chancellor, Christian Kern (SPÖ) , succeeding Werner Faymann who resigned because of, among other reasons, the poor showing at the first round of the elections of the traditional candidates representing the ruling parties.

Chancellor Kern projects new energy and ideas, is committed to work together productively with the coalition partner ÖVP, not shying away from necessary long overdue reforms, promising a "New Deal" that would bring about more jobs by cutting red tape while ensuring ordinary workers receive a share of economic prosperity.

Christian Kern has experience in management as former head of Austria’s largest electricity company and lately as CEO of the Austrian Railroads (ÖBB). He earned respect and praise for the handling of the transportation of tens of thousands of refugees through Austria in a very organized and calm way.

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If you are not yet registered as Austrian living abroad, please use this occasion to do so. This is important so that you can be reached in case of an emergency and also to receive important information:  http://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/buergerservice/treffpunkt-auslandsoesterreicherinnen/registration/

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For how to participate in Austrian elections, please see the link:  http://www.bmi.gv.at/cms/BMI_wahlen/auslandsoesterr/start.aspx

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Please click here for the latest issues of "Informationen aus Österreich" 

June (1)               June (2)        

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/4499/default.aspx

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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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Austrian-American Council, WA State Chapter:

President: Michael Brandstetter: michael.brandstetter@gmail.com

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For the 7th year in a row Viennagot ranked first of 230 cities worldwide for Quality of Living by the Mercer Study!  Have fun watching the Video "Taste of Vienna"

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 For more information and latest news about Vienna : www.worldwide.wien.at

Refugee Crisis in Europe:

2015 Facts of the refugee crisis: (source: Österreichischer Integrationsfond: http://www.integrationsfonds.at)

Worldwide approximately 60 million people were fleeing their countries, more than ever before.

About 1 million people came to Europe, about half of them traveled along the West Balkan route. Most of these refugees are seeking asylum in Germany, Austria and Sweden.

 95,000 refugees applied for asylum in Austria, that is 3 times as many as in 2014 and about the same compared with the combined number from 2002-2012. That is about the same per capita ratio as Germany has accommodated.

Most of the refugees staying in Austria are coming from war torn Middle East: Syria: 30%, Afghanistan: 24%, Iraq: 16%. About 10% of the petitions came from children under 18 who came without parents or family members.

Austria developed a 50 step plan to deal with this challenging situation addressing language, education, work, job, and cultural exchange, including raising awareness about central values (like separation of religion and state, equal standing of man and woman), and other facts regarding the everyday life.

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Aktuelles – News for July/August 2016

                                        Schönen Sommer!

                                        Schönen Sommer!

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Saturday, June 25: 2pm: at Century Link,

Sounders vs New York City FC

The Austrian soccer star Andreas Ivanschitz organized discount tickets and a wonderful meet & greet after the Sounders game for 40 Friends of Austria! It was a fabulous event. We could “fachsimpeln” during the game, soaked in the great atmosphere at the stadium, and we especially enjoyed talking to Andreas about his life as a professional soccer player. He has such a sympathetic and kind personality and has now an Österreicher Fan Club! Let’s go again, when is the next game?! Wishing Andreas and the Sounders a great second half of the season!

             Andreas Ivanschitz and Austrian fans

             Andreas Ivanschitz and Austrian fans

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Upcoming Events:

-> August 12, and 13, 2016: Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte:

The German Vocal Arts Institute invites to this free concert to attend and/or to participate: Do you sing or know people who love to sing and are interested in music? For more information: www.gvai.org

->  September 17, 2016: Oktoberfest

organized by the Austria Club at the Kenmore Community Club Hall. For more information please see www.austriaclubwa.com

->  September 25, 4pm: Austrian-American Day Celebration

Organized by the Austrian-American Council. This year we will meet for coffee and sweets for a “Kaffeeklatsch” on Sunday, September 25 at 4 pm at Grumpy D’s café, http://grumpydsballard.com/. Artists among the Austria Club members are encouraged to contribute to the entertainment! There is a small stage where music or literature can be performed and paintings and sculptures presented. This nice family-owned coffee shop is located at 7001 15th Ave NW, Seattle, WA. If you will attend and/or if you are interested in performing/exhibiting please RSVP to austrianamericancouncilwa@gmail.com. The more the merrier!

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Looking ahead: Business Opportunity

Officials of the Vienna Region www.viennaregion.at are coming to Seattle beginning of October. Their target groups are: enterprises that want to found or expand their business relations in Europe (from Start ups, SMEs to HQ) as well as multipliers, stakeholders, law firms, auditing firms, banks, organizations/institutions/ professional representations, clusters, research and educational institutions, accelerators, incubators. Are you interested or do you know some individuals, companies, organizations etc. that might be interested in getting to learn first-hand about the opportunities the Vienna Region is offering to businesses?  Please contact Andrea Seyfried at A.Seyfried@viennaregion.at for more information.

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-> October 7-9KINOFEST SEATTLE

at Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave., in Seattle. 

KINOFEST Seattle will include the newest in German-language cinema with features, docs and shorts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland. All films will be in German with English subtitles

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Past Events in 2016:

June 2 ,3  at Communications 120: The UW Department of Germanics presents the Student Production:

"Deutsch für Fortgeschrittene: Grenzenlos und Unverschämt"

For more information:

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Saturday, May 14, 1 - 5 pm, at the Kenmore Community Club, 73rd Ave NE and NE Bothell Way, Kenmore: MAIFEST, a fun filled Alpine celebration of Spring, organized by the Austria Club of WA, www.austriaclubwa.com. Musical entertainment by Happy Hans and members of the Enzian Schuhplattler.

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May 6 and May 7: "Eine Reise um die Welt"

a family friendly musical journey performed in German, hosted by SAGA,  GLS and Zeitgeist Northwest. For more information info@sagaschool.org

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Saturday, April 16, Seattle Center,

International Children's Friendship Festival http://childrensfest.tacawa.org/ 

The Austrian Community exhibited Austrian traditions and culture especially geared towards children at an “Austria Table”. We had many visitors of all ages who enjoyed learning about Austria and tasting Austrian chocolate!

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Saturday, March 12, 2016: 16th Viennese Ball

This celebration of a true Viennese tradition included dance shows, elegant dinner, musical performances, dancing until midnight and much much more! Austrians and friends of Austria, and several members of the Consular Association enjoyed a "Rauschende Ballnacht". Looking alread forward to the 17th Viennese Ball in 2017!

For photos and recap see the website of the Austria Club

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Friday, January 29 - Sunday, January 31, 2016                      

EURO START - UP WEEK-END

http://www.up.co/communities/usa/seattle/startup-weekend/6911

Members of the Austrian Community participated in this exchange of ideas and networking among creative people, many of them with European background or connections. Thank you Eva Schoenleitner and Alex Stoklas for serving as a judge resp. coach.

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Friday, January 22, 2016: featuring young soprano Christine Menschner

A Viennese New Year Concert

Operetta Gala

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Past Events in 2015:

Sunday, December 6, 1-5pm, Benson Barn, North Bend

WEIHNACHTSFEST 

organized by the Austria Club of Washington

Felt just like being in an Alpine village during Advent, friends brought their families, and enjoyed Austrian traditions surrounding Christmas time, from Gluehwein, St. Nikolaus, potluck, to Alpine holiday music.  Many thanks to the Austria Club and all the tireless helpers for organizing this gemuetiche Fest!

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Sunday, October 25, 2015: 2-5pm @ German House:

Austrian National Holiday Celebration

60 Years if Independence, Neutrality and Sovereignty!

On May 15, 1955, after 10 years of occupation and at in a rare moment in history, Soviet Union, Great Britain, England and United States signed the declaration of Independence, and Bundeskanzler Leopold Figl declared form the balcony of the Belvedere: Österreich ist Frei!!!

6 months later Austria declared permanent Neutrality. We celebrated this final step towards freedom by listening to reports of "Zeitzeugen", sharing stories, music, Austrian dessert and wine. Thank you all for contributing to a wonderful event and a better understanding of history.

We also used this event to express out Thank You to the families and individuals who offered tremendous help for the Derschmidt Family during the times of crisis.

Thank you Sissy Altom for providing the most delicious K&K Zwetschkenkuschen!

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Saturday, October 10, 2015:  Oktoberfest

organized by the Austria Club of Washington.

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September 27: 2-5 pm @ German House:

Austrian-American-Day Celebration

in recognition of the 18th Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Austrian-American Day by then President Bill Clinton. We honored retiring president of the WA Chapter of the Austrian-American-Council Claire Rood and introducing the new president, Michael Brandstetter. Among our destinguished guests were Lt. Gov. Brad Owen, several memebrs of the WA Consular Association , guest speaker Bruno Kracher, CEO Vienna Region, office of Marketing of the Vienna Region.

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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

 

 

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Past Events in 2015 continued:

September 24, 6pm @ Edgewater Hotel:

VIENNA REGION - Innovation & Technology in Central Europe

The Marketing Office of the Vienna Region www.viennaregion.at hosted an event to promote the Region around Vienna as attractive business location. Participants of the business community used this unique opportunity for networkingtogether with COE Bruno Kracher, Harald Leitenmueller (Microsoft Austria),  Moritz Plassnig (Global Technology Boston/Vienna), Dr. Rudolf Thaler (Austrian Trade Commissioner)

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September 12 @ the Queen Anne Christian Church, 1316 3rd Ave W, Seattle:   "Vienna to Broadway: A Musical Metamorphosis".

Soprano Christine Menschner and Tenor Derek Sellers accompanied by pianist Jason Suchan gave a startling performance.  Christine entertained us already with her beautiful voice at the last Viennese Ball. It is exciting to see the career of this young, very talented artist evolving.

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July 16: Special Movie Night"WOMAN IN GOLD" organized by the Austria Club with gemuetliches get-together afterwards

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May 28-29, 2015:

Honorarkonsulartagung in Wien , Reflections

End of May I had the privilege to participate inthe 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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May 14-15, 2015

Visit of Honorary Consul to Yakima, WA

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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March 11-15, 2015:

Visit of a Delegation to Seattle from the Austrian Consulate General, Los Angeles:

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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