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Slovenian national community in Austria

The Slovenian national community in Austria is one of the six national communities in the Republic of Austria. It resides in the federal province of Carinthia, especially in southern parts, and in the federal province of Styria, particularly in Radgonski kot and in some other areas along the Slovenian-Austrian border (Sobota, Arnež, Ivnik, Lučane, etc.).

The Slovenian national community in Austrian Carinthia is organised within the following organisations: National Council of Slovenians in Carinthia (President: Dr Valentin Inzko), the Union of Slovenian Organisations in Carinthia (President: Dr Marjan Sturm) and the Association of Carinthian Slovenians (President: Bernard Sadovnik). A large number of Slovenian societies and institutions are united in the main cultural organisations – Christian Cultural Union and Slovenian Educational Union. The Unity List (its President is Vladimir Smrtnik) is an independent political party for Carinthian Slovenians, which is also open to the members of the majority nation supporting its programme.

The national community in Austrian Styria is organised within the Article 7 Cultural Association for Austrian Styria (President: Susanne Weitlaner).

The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna follows the situation of the Slovenian national community in Austria and maintains regular contact and co-operation in culture, education, economy, politics and other fields.

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