Austria–Chile relations

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Austrian-Chilean relations
Map indicating locations of Austria and Chile



Austrian-Chilean relations are foreign relations between Austria and Chile. The first bilateral relations dates back from 1846. Austria has an embassy in Santiago de Chile and 3 honorary consulates (in Arica, Valdivia and Valparaíso). Chile has an embassy in Vienna and 3 honorary consulates (in Linz, Klagenfurt and Salzburg).


In 1991, Minister of Foreign Affairs Enrique Silva Cimma was the first Chilean Chancellor to pay an official visit to Austria.[1]

In 1993, Chancellor Franz Vranitzky was the first Chancellor of Austria to pay an official visit to Chile.[1][2]

Since 1999, the bilateral relations were intensified in the context of the bi-regional LAC-EU process.[3]

In 2008, Chancellor of Austria Alfred Gusenbauer paid an official visit to Chile.[3]

Austrian immigration to Chile[edit]

In the 19th century, famines in Europe and the expulsion of Protestants from Austria led to waves of Austrian immigration to Latin America. A notable settlement of Tyrolean Protestants in Chile is Los Bajos, Frutillar, in the Llanquihue Province.[4]

The town of Nueva Braunau near Puerto Varas was named in 1875 by Austro-Hungarian settlers after today's Broumov (German: Braunau).[5]

Chilean coup d'état[edit]

As a consequence of the Chilean coup d'état, in 1973 about 1,500 Chilean refugees came to Vienna. In May 2006, the President of Chile Michelle Bachelet met with hundreds of members of the Chilean Viennese community at the Rathaus, Vienna.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Recibimiento A Presidente Del Senado De Austria" (in Spanish). Senate of Chile. 2002-12-11. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Bilaterale Besuche" (in German). Austrian Embassy in Santiago de Chile. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Latin America and the Caribbean". Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs (Austria). Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Tiroler in Südamerika" (in German). Verein der Sprachinselfreunde. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  5. ^ "Bilaterale Beziehungen" (in German). Austrian Embassy in Santiago de Chile. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  6. ^ "Bachelet traf Wiener Exilchilenen" (in German). ORF. 2006-05-13. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  7. ^ "Bachelet traf hunderte ExilchilenInnen im Wiener Rathaus" (in German). Presse- und Informationsdienst der Stadt Wien. 2006-05-13. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 

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