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The Ambassador

Meet the Ambassador

René Rosager Dinesen is the Ambassador of Denmark to Austria and the Permanent Representative of Denmark to OSCE and the International Organisations (UN) in Vienna since september 2018.

Furthermore, he is accredited as Ambassador to Slovenia, Slovakia, Albania and Kosovo. 

Ambassador Dinesen on (embassy)bike to this years New Year's levee by the President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen, 2020 (© M. Cremer)

Welcome to the Danish Embassy & Permanent Mission in Vienna!

Denmark’s diplomatic relationship with Austria was established more than 350 years ago. In a historical perspective, Denmark’s relationship with Austria has been characterised by cooperation and prosperity as well as miserable periods with strife.

The current Danish-Austrian relationship is particularly good and is in many areas, e.g. in the EU, characterised by close cooperation. Both Denmark and Austria are small open economies that benefit from the EU's internal market and an international system based on justice and cooperation rather than power and conflict.

Denmark and Austria can continue to learn a lot from each other in several areas. In Austria, there has been a lot of focus on the Danish healthcare system, digital competences, architecture & design, biking culture, and even “hygge” is finding its way into the Austrians vocabulary.

Austria, as many already know, is also a true world power when it comes to culture, which is why many Danish artists frequently visit Austria.
Many Danish citizens, both my colleagues and myself included, enjoy hiking and skiing in the wonderful nature of the Alps. Unfortunately, skiing accidents are a recurring phenomenon. Therefore, it is always necessary to be sure of ones insurances policies when traveling. In case of emergency, the Embassy’s consular service unit as well as our five consuls in Austria can be of assistance.

Austria is not the only country that the Danish Embassy & Permanent Mission in Vienna covers. The embassy also represents and handles Danish interests in Slovenia, Slovakia, Albania and Kosovo.

The work in the international organisation in Vienna

Vienna is the world’s third largest UN-city and is home to, among others, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). In addition, the largest European security organisation OSCE has its headquarters in the city and Vienna, also, houses several export control conferences for both nuclear and conventional weapons. The embassy works to represent Danish interests and to maintain and strengthen the multilateral organizations work for security and stability, in close cooperation with our EU-colleagues and other international partners.

In the UN Denmark has a special focus on the Iranian and North Korean nuclear weapons programs and the efforts to counter nuclear and radiological terrorism. In OSCE, we in particular focus on the organization’s special role concerning the Ukrainian conflict, the promotion of human rights in the whole OSCE region and the support of trust creating measures in the political-military cooperation.

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You can find more information about the work of the embassy, about Denmark and Austria, as well as about current events. You can also follow me and the embassy on twitter and the embassy on Facebook. We are here for your sake, so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards
René Rosager Dinesen
Danish Ambassador and permanent representative in Austria.

 

Kurz Dinesen Schallenberg

Left: Ambassador Dinesen at his accreditation at the President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen.
Right: Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Ambassador René Dinesen and Minister for foreign affairs Alexander Schallenberg.