Austrians in the United Kingdom
|19.511 Austrian Born (2001)
Ancestral Numbers Unknown
(Over 0.03% of British population)
|Regions with significant populations|
|London · South East England|
|British English · Austrian German|
|Roman Catholicism · Protestantism · Judaism|
Austrians have been present in what is now the UK for centuries as merchants, traders and diplomats, but it was only during the 1930s when Austrians came to the UK in significant numbers. The vast majority of these were Austrian Jews who fled to the UK to escape the Nazi leadership during the period of the Third Reich or 'National Socialist Period' (1933–1945).
According to the 2001 UK Census, 19,511 Austrian-born people were living in the UK, which is actually a drop of around 5% from 1991; despite this there are also large but unknown numbers of British-born people of Austrian descent, which is reflected in the list of famous Austrian British people below. The population spread of Austrian-born people can be seen below.
|East of England||1,815|
|North East England||340|
|North West England||1,658|
|South East England||3,717|
|South West England||1,557|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||1,316|
Notable Austrians in the United Kingdom
- Gabrielle Anwar, British-born actress of Austrian and Iranian descent
- Anna Freud, Austrian-born psychologist
- Sir Ernst Gombrich, Austrian-born art historian
- Friedrich Hayek, Austrian-born economist
- Andy Hunt, British-born footballer of Austrian and English descent
- Myleene Klass, British-born singer, actress, TV presenter and model of Austrian and Filipino descent
- Siegfried Frederick Nadel, anthropologist, specialising in African ethnology
- Sir Karl Popper, Austrian-born philosopher of science
- Joe Skarz, British-born footballer of Austrian and English descent
- Friedrich von Hügel, Roman Catholic layman, religious writer, Modernist theologian and Christian apologist
- Ruby Wax, American-born comedian of Austrian descent
- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Austrian-born philosopher and engineer who also obtained British citizenship
- Rachel Weisz, British-born actress of Austrian and Hungarian descent.
- Rachel Khoo, British-born cook and author of Austrian and Malaysian descent.
- "Place of birth data collated by OECD based on 2001 UK Census". Archived from the original on 2005-05-11. Retrieved 2013-01-14.
- British Library archive of Austrian exiles in the UK Archived June 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- "BBC Born Abroad, Austria". BBC News. Retrieved 2013-01-14.