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Upper Austria's Bad Ischl Becomes European Capital of Culture 2024

Together with two other capitals of culture, Tartu in Estonia and Bodo in Norway, Bad Ischl (together with 20 other municipalities of the Salzkammergut) was elected European Capital of Culture 2024.

November 12, 2019

Reopening of the Vienna Office of the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation

200 guests celebrated the opening of the new office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation in Vienna at the Grand Hotel on Kärtner Ring. The presence in Vienna should strengthen multilateralism and strengthen functioning partnerships with serious democracies. Claudia Crawford becomes head of the Vienna office.

November 7, 2019

Presentation of the Intercultural Achievement Award 2019 - Dialogue is the "Art of Encounter"

Successful and innovative projects in the field of intercultural and interreligious dialogue have been awarded by the Federal Ministry for Europe Integration and Foreign Affairs.

November 1, 2019

Opening of the 57th Viennale at the Gartenbaukino in Vienna

The largest international film festival in Austria, the Viennale was opened in Vienna's Gartenbaukino in the presence of Federal Chancellor Bierlein. The role of women in society is of the highest relevance.

October 25, 2019

30th Anniversary Celebrations of Austro- Arab Chamber of Commerce

The AACC Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce held a gala in the ballroom of the Vienna City Hall on the occasion of its 30th anniversary and on the occasion of the 11th Arab-Austrian Economic Forum & Exhibition.

October 25, 2019

Buy Local - Invest Global: How to Invest Your Money on the Vienna Stock Exchange

Expats in Austria now have access to over 680 internationally sought-after securities from 26 countries at local conditions.

October 25, 2019

Inaugural Session of the Austrian National Council

The Austrian National Council was constituted today. 40 percent women, 56 newcomers, the Greens are back. The presidency, secretaries and stewards were newly elected. After the constituent session of the National Council, the Main Committee, the Incompatibility Committee, the Immunity Committee and the Budget Committee also met to constitute themselves and to appoint committee chairmen, secretaries and stewards.

October 23, 2019

What You Always Wanted To Know About Viennese Diplomatic Number Plates

How to find out for which country or international institution a vehicle with an Austrian diplomatic license plate is registered, starting with the initials WD (Wien Diplomat) and a certain number. For example, "WD-1" is the Diplomatic Code for Vatican City.

October 23, 2019

Diplomats in Austria: How the VAT Refund Works

Would you like to know how you can recover your VAT expenses as a diplomat working in Austria or as an expat with diplomatic status working for an international organisation?

October 23, 2019

Enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Presence of Van der Bellen

Guests from around 200 countries attended the ceremony of the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese Imperial Palace in Tokyo, including Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and Doris Schmidauer.

October 22, 2019

Belgrade and Vienna Sign Cooperation Agreement

Not only the Danube connects Vienna with the Serbian capital Belgrade, but now also a new city cooperation agreement with a focus on urban development, affordable housing, smart city, digitisation, open government and culture.

October 21, 2019

Celebration of the Imperial Accession to the Throne in Tokyo with Van der Bellen

President Van der Bellen takes part in the ceremony for the accession of the new "Tenno", Emperor Naruhito, to the throne in Tokyo and in the bilateral economic forum "Austria Connect Japan". Other items on the agenda include talks with the Presidents of Georgia and Estonia.

October 21, 2019

How to Marry an Austrian Millionaire?

According to Credit Suisse's Global Wealth Report published today, 4.4 percent or 313,000 of Austrians are dollar millionaires, and each adult Austrian has an average of 247,000 euros ($274,919) in assets.

October 21, 2019

Austrian Art and Culture as a Means of Foreign Policy

Austrian reception on the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair (Frankfurter Buchmesse) 2019.

October 17, 2019

Worldwide Parliamentary Meeting: Presidents from 178 States Expected in Vienna

Austria will host the 5th World Meeting of the Interparliamentary Union (IPU) from August 19 to 21, 2020. Presidents of parliaments from 178 states and around 1,200 delegates are expected. This is the first time that a national parliament, the Austrian Parliament, has hosted this conference. The World Meeting will be organised in cooperation with the IPU and the United Nations.

October 16, 2019 · Updated: October 17, 2019; 14:45

House of the European Union in Vienna: More than 500,000 Visitors in 10 Years

For exactly 10 years, the House of the European Union in Wipplingerstraße has been a meeting place for all those who wish to exchange views on the EU. The Representation of the European Commission and the Liaison Office of the European Parliament in Austria operate under this same roof. Together with numerous partners, they have organised some 2450 events over the past ten years, welcoming some 530,000 visitors.

October 16, 2019

The Austrian Leadership Program Draws International Alumnis to Austria

The current round of the Austrian Leadership Program (ALPS) was dedicated to deepening and expanding existing contacts.

October 16, 2019

Vienna Migration Agency Develops Recommendations for EU

Entitled "Breaking the gridlock and moving forward: Recommendations for the next five years of EU migration policy", participants of the Vienna Migration Conference 2019 will explore migration policy options and the formulation of future strategies.

October 11, 2019

Billionaire Heidi Horten Unveils Her Contemporary Museum Concept

Heidi Goëss-Horten has announced the winning architectural office, which will design the new museum of the Heidi Horten Collection in the Palais Goëss-Horten (Hanuschhof / Stöcklgebäude) until the beginning of 2022.

October 9, 2019

Vienna Just an Emergency Solution: What's the Future for the Central European University?

About a year after it was driven out of Hungary by Viktor Orban, the CEU has started its provisional operation in Vienna-Favoriten. Two new Master programmes in Business Administration and International Public Affairs were launched simultaneously. Within 5 to 6 years, the Vienna campus is to move to Baumgartner Höhe. But the CEU will never abandon Budapest as a location.

October 9, 2019

Model European Parliament with 100 Participants in Vienna

Students from ten countries discussed European policy issues in the Great Redouten Hall of the Austrian Parliament.

October 8, 2019

First Sub-Two Hour Marathon Challenge - Why Vienna Was Chosen?

Kenyan long-distance runner Eliud Kipchoge, the current marathon world record holder, plans to break the last great barrier of modern athletics - the 2-hour marathon. An epic challenge of this magnitude needs a suitable and equally grand location to do it justice, and the Prater in Vienna is the perfect fit - from the air quality to the climate.

October 7, 2019

Cooperation between New York's 'Met' and Austrian Museums: Maximilian I - The Last Knight

The exhibition "The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York on the significance of the European armaments trade at the beginning of the Renaissance will be held on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Maximilian I's death. 180 objects from more than 30 private and public collections were collected for this purpose.

October 3, 2019

Diplomatic Academy: Diplomacy is Profoundly the Art of Dialogue

At the opening ceremony of the Diplomatic Academy's 2019/2020 academic year, National Council President Sobotka underlined the importance of dialogue in international relations.

October 3, 2019

Indian Embassy Vienna: 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi

On the occasion of the Gandhi Jayanti National Day on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi in 1869, revered as the father of the Indian nation, the Embassy of India in Vienna organized two events with Dr. Shobhana Radhakrishna, an "Eminent Citizen" of India; a talk titled "Popular Diplomacy and the Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi" at the Vienna International Center, and a lecture on "Transformational Leadership of Mahatma Gandhi and its Relevance in Contemporary World".

October 3, 2019

Resident Alien Traces the Contributions of Austrian-American Architects

During his visit to the UN General Assembly in New York, Foreign and Culture Minister Schallenberg opened the exhibition "Resident Alien: Austrian Architects in America" at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

September 26, 2019

Reception on the Occasion of the Jewish New Year Festival Rosh Hashanah

The two-day Jewish New Year festival Rosh Hashanah lasts from the evening before 30 September to 01 October 2019 and is always celebrated 163 days after the Passover. At a reception at the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Chancellor Bierlein and Foreign Minister Schallenberg thanked the guests for coming, in particular the Ambassador of the State of Israel for her tireless bilateral commitment.

September 23, 2019

Expats in Austria Give Host Country Its Worst Ranking Yet

Expats in Austria enjoy a healthy life with great opportunities to travel, however, finding friends or even love can be a struggle. Hence Austria became 3rd from the bottom (56th out of 64 countries) in the Ease of Settling In Index.

September 20, 2019

The Majlis - Cultures in Dialogue: Exhibition Opening at the Weltmuseum Wien

President of the National Council Sobotka opened the exhibition "The Majlis - Cultures in Dialogue" at the World Museum Vienna, which deals with intercultural dialogue in the Arab world. The travelling exhibition shows the collection of the museum of Sheikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al-Thani in Doha.

September 19, 2019

Presentation of the European State Prize in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

With the European State Prize, the Austrian Foreign Ministry once again honours the extraordinary commitment of organisations and citizens to the promotion of European awareness in Austria.

September 18, 2019

Comeback of Albrecht Dürer's Young Hare

The Albertina Vienna will present the most comprehensive exhibition of the work of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) in decades, starting next week. The exhibition presents over 100 drawings, a dozen paintings, personal notes and other rare documents of the Renaissance genius, including the Young Hare, the Praying Hands and the Great Piece of Turf.

September 12, 2019

Jane Goodall Awarded Honorary Cross in Vienna

The well-known primate researcher and environmental activist Jane Goodall has been awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art 1st Class by Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen.

September 12, 2019

Cats at the Ronacher - A Musical Legend Returns

The new version of the original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterpiece returns after many years to Vienna. Breathtaking dance, legendary costumes, a magical stage design, Grammy-awarded, rousing music and the touching world hit Memory make Cats an memorable experience.

September 12, 2019

Rudolfinerhaus Private Hospital: The Most Advanced Treatment by Tradition

Rudolfinerhaus is Vienna’s most renowned private hospital and has treated Austrian and international patients for almost 140 years. The tradition of the Vienna School of Medicine, its highly qualified specialists, up-to-date medical facilities and its own academically trained nursing staff make the Rudolfinerhaus Austria's first and most trusted private hospital.

September 12, 2019 · Sponsored Content

40th Anniversary of the VIC: Open House Day an Organizational Fiasco

The so-called Open House Day for the 40th anniversary of the VIC Vienna International Centre (UNO City) turned out to be an organizational disaster on Sunday, when thousands of people from 200 nations had to wait for hours in an almost 500 meter long queue to be admitted.

September 9, 2019

Oh Vienna: Austria's Capital Remains the World’s Most Liveable City

Vienna has successfully defended its leading position in the Economist ranking of the most liveable cities in the world. On the index Vienna scores a near-perfect 99.1 out of 100, putting it just ahead of Melbourne.

September 5, 2019

Integration Report 2019: Asylum Applications Decline, Immigration Persists

The Expert Council on Integration chaired by Prof. Dr. Katharina Pabel presented Austria's ninth Integration Report. The report deals with integration monitoring and the perspectives of integration. It covers topics such as immigration, asylum, residence, school, apprenticeship, adult education, labour market, social issues, dealing with different gender roles, integration of young people, family reunification, marriage migration and dealing with religious diversity. Read the key findings here.

September 5, 2019

Cultural Policy is a Cornerstone of Austrian Soft Power

The BMEIA Federal Ministry for Europe Integration and Foreign Affairs presented the achievements of Austrian foreign culture in the Vienna Konzerthaus (Auslandskulturtagung). In addition to the highlights of the past year, such as the Year of Remembrance 2018, the Cultural Programme during the Austrian EU Presidency and the bilateral Cultural Year with Albania, the central areas of activity of Austrian foreign cultural work were highlighted.

September 4, 2019

Commemoration of the Beginning of the Second World War 80 Years Ago

The greatest military conflict in human history was the Second World War from 1939 to 1945, which began with the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, involved directly or indirectly over 60 states and claimed the lives of over 60 million people. Both at home and abroad, the official Austria commemorated this terrible war.

September 3, 2019

Open House: Discover Vienna's Unique Architectural History

Part of Vienna's rank as the city with the world’s best quality of livingis is its outstanding architecture and design. On 14 and 15 September 2019 about 100 buildings - many of which are normally inaccessible - will open their doors for the general public, free of charge.

September 3, 2019

Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová's First Visit to Vienna

The first visit of the newly elected Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová to Vienna led to Alexander Van der Bellen and Federal Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein.

September 2, 2019

International Research Institute Opens its Doors

For the first time in many years, the IIASA at Schloss Laxenburg will be accessible to external visitors on the National Heritage Day (Tag des Denkmals) on 29 September 2019, who will have a unique chance to learn all about the history of the castle and IIASA.

September 2, 2019 · Sponsored Content

Lower Austria as a Business Location Presents Itself at the Alpbach Business Talks

Also this year Lower Austria presented itself at the economic talks of the Forum Alpbach as an innovative business location through its business agency ecoplus and as an outstanding culinary region through the initiative "Thus tastes Lower Austria".

August 29, 2019

Ban Ki-moon at the Forum Alpbach: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global Mindset

Delivering a keynote, Chairman Ban Ki-moon encouraged all national leaders to act as global leaders with a global citizenship mindset, which he said is a truly crucial asset for every individual to have in order to achieve sustainable development in a global society.

August 29, 2019

Hope and Despair: Vienna Humanities Festival 2019

The fourth Vienna Humanities Festival is an urban salon with leading figures from the worlds of academia, art and culture. In nearly 40 events participants negotiate the burning questions of our time.

August 29, 2019

Geopolitical Talks: American Diplomacy in a Disordered World

Former US Deputy Secretary of State William Joseph Burns will talk about "American Diplomacy in a Disordered World" at the Institute for Human Sciences Vienna.

August 28, 2019

How to Register SIM Cards in Austria?

All SIM card users in Austria must register their prepaid cards by September 1, 2019. Severe penalties are imminent. The following hint will allow you to use your card for another year without registering.

August 15, 2019

Elephant Baby Kibali - Schönbrunn Zoo Has a New Star

Vienna's Schönbrunn Zoo has just welcomed a baby elephant into the world. The little Kibali was born at Europe’s best zoo. The little elephant measured 90 cm and weighed 90 kg.

August 15, 2019

Vienna International Centre Invites Expats and Locals for Anniversary Event

The United Nations headquarters in Vienna is celebrating its 40th anniversary, marking four decades of international diplomacy. Come and see inside the VIC Vienna International Centre as part of its anniversary events.

August 13, 2019

Sensation: South Gate of Roman Fortress Vindobona Discovered within the City of Vienna

The foundation of the missing main gate Porta Decumana of the Roman legionary camp Vindobona came to light during construction works.

August 12, 2019
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