Minister of Foreign Affairs (Austria)

This article lists the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Austria, from 30 October 1918 up to today. During the time of the Anschluss to Nazi Germany from 1938 to 1945, Austria had no government in its own right. The current Austrian Foreign Minister is Michael Linhart, who took office on 11 October 2021.

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten
Austria Bundesadler.svg
Alexander Schallenberg 12.10.2021 02.jpg
Incumbent
Alexander Schallenberg

since 6 December 2021
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
StyleMr. Federal minister
(formal)
Member ofFederal Government
Council of Ministers
Foreign Affairs Council
SeatMinistry of Foreign Affairs, Minoritenplatz, Innere Stadt, Vienna
NominatorPolitical parties
AppointerThe President
on advice of the Chancellor
Constituting instrumentConstitution of Austria
PrecursorImperial and Royal Minister of Foreign Affairs
First holderViktor Adler
in the Republic of German-Austria (30 October 1918)
Karl Renner
In the first Republic (21 October 1919)
Karl Gruber
In the second republic (26 September 1945)
Websitewww.bmeia.gv.at (in English)
www.bmeia.gv.at (in German)

List of officeholders (1918–present)Edit

Foreign Ministers of Austria during the Interwar periodEdit

No. Portrait Foreign Minister Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
1Adler, VictorVictor Adler
(1852–1918)
30 October 191811 November 191812 daysSDAPÖRenner I
2Bauer, OttoOtto Bauer
(1881–1938)
21 November 191826 July 1919247 daysSDAPÖRenner I–II
3Renner, KarlKarl Renner
(1870–1950)
26 July 191922 October 19201 year, 88 daysSDAPÖRenner IIIII
Mayr I
4Mayr, MichaelMichael Mayr
(1864–1922)
22 October 192021 June 1921242 daysCSMayr I–II
5Schober, JohannesJohannes Schober
(1874–1932)
21 June 192126 January 1922219 daysIndependentSchober I
6Breisky, WalterWalter Breisky
(1871–1944)
26 January 192227 January 19221 dayCSBreisky
7Hennet, LeopoldLeopold Hennet [de]
(1876–1950)
27 January 192231 May 1922124 daysIndependentSchober II
8Grünberger, AlfredAlfred Grünberger [de]
(1875–1935)
31 May 192220 November 19242 years, 173 daysCSSeipel I–II–III
9Mataja, HeinrichHeinrich Mataja
(1877–1937)
20 November 192415 January 19261 year, 56 daysCSRamek I
10Ramek, RudolfRudolf Ramek
(1881–1941)
15 January 192620 October 1926278 daysCSRamek II
11Seipel, IgnazIgnaz Seipel
(1876–1932)
20 October 19264 May 19292 years, 196 daysCSSeipel IV–V
12Streeruwitz, ErnstErnst Streeruwitz
(1874–1952)
4 May 192926 September 1929145 daysCSStreeruwitz
(5)Schober, JohannesJohannes Schober
(1874–1932)
26 September 192930 September 19301 year, 4 daysIndependentSchober III
(11)Seipel, IgnazIgnaz Seipel
(1876–1932)
30 September 19304 December 193065 daysCSVaugoin
(5)Schober, JohannesJohannes Schober
(1874–1932)
4 December 193029 January 19321 year, 56 daysIndependentEnder
Buresch I
13Buresch, KarlKarl Buresch
(1878–1936)
29 January 193220 May 1932112 daysCSBuresch II
14Dollfuss, EngelbertEngelbert Dollfuss
(1892–1934)
20 May 193210 July 19342 years, 51 daysCS
VF
Dollfuss I–II
15Tauschitz, StephanStephan Tauschitz
(1889–1970)
10 July 19343 August 193424 daysLandbund
VF
Dollfuss II
Schuschnigg I
16Berger, EgonEgon Berger-Waldenegg [de]
(1880–1960)
3 August 193414 May 19361 year, 285 daysVFSchuschnigg I
17Schuschnigg, KurtKurt Schuschnigg
(1897–1977)
14 May 193611 July 193658 daysVFSchuschnigg II
18Schmidt, GuidoGuido Schmidt
(1901–1957)
11 July 193611 March 19381 year, 243 daysVFSchuschnigg III–IV
19Wolf, WilhelmWilhelm Wolf [de]
(1897–1939)
11 March 193813 March 19382 daysNSDAPSeyss-Inquart Cabinet

Austria annexed by Nazi Germany in 1938 (see Austria under National Socialism for details). Independence restored in 1945.

Foreign Ministers of Austria after the end of World War IIEdit

No. Portrait Foreign Minister Took office Left office Time in office Party Cabinet
1Gruber, KarlKarl Gruber
(1909–1995)
26 September 194526 November 19538 years, 61 daysÖVPRenner IV Cabinet
Figl I CabinetIIIII
Raab I Cabinet
2Figl, LeopoldLeopold Figl
(1902–1965)
26 November 19539 June 19595 years, 195 daysÖVPRaab I CabinetII
3Kreisky, BrunoBruno Kreisky
(1911–1990)
9 June 195919 April 19666 years, 314 daysSPÖRaab III–IV
Gorbach I CabinetII
Klaus I Cabinet
4Tončić, LujoLujo Tončić-Sorinj
(1915–2005)
19 April 196619 January 19681 year, 275 daysÖVPKlaus II Cabinet
5Waldheim, KurtKurt Waldheim
(1918–2007)
19 January 196821 April 19702 years, 92 daysÖVPKlaus II Cabinet
6Kirchschläger, RudolfRudolf Kirchschläger
(1915–2000)
21 April 197024 June 19744 years, 64 daysIndependentKreisky I CabinetII
7Bielka, ErichErich Bielka
(1908–1992)
24 June 197430 September 19762 years, 98 daysIndependentKreisky II–III
8Pahr, WillibaldWillibald Pahr
(born 1930)
30 September 197624 May 19836 years, 236 daysIndependentKreisky III–IV
9Lanc, ErwinErwin Lanc
(born 1930)
24 May 198310 September 19841 year, 109 daysSPÖSinowatz Cabinet
10Gratz, LeopoldLeopold Gratz
(1929–2006)
10 September 198416 June 19861 year, 279 daysSPÖSinowatz Cabinet
11Jankowitsch, PeterPeter Jankowitsch
(born 1933)
16 June 198621 January 1987219 daysSPÖVranitzky I Cabinet
12Mock, AloisAlois Mock
(1934–2017)
21 January 19874 May 19958 years, 103 daysÖVPVranitzky II–III–IV
13Schüssel, WolfgangWolfgang Schüssel
(born 1945)
4 May 19954 February 20004 years, 276 daysÖVPVranitzky IV–V
Klima Cabinet
14Ferrero, BenitaBenita Ferrero-Waldner
(born 1948)
4 February 200020 October 20044 years, 259 daysÖVPSchüssel I CabinetII
15Plassnik, UrsulaUrsula Plassnik
(born 1956)
20 October 20042 December 20084 years, 43 daysÖVPSchüssel II Cabinet
Gusenbauer Cabinet
16Spindelegger, MichaelMichael Spindelegger
(born 1959)
2 December 200816 December 20135 years, 14 daysÖVPFaymann I Cabinet
17Kurz, SebastianSebastian Kurz
(born 1986)
16 December 201318 December 20174 years, 2 daysÖVPFaymann II Cabinet
Kern Cabinet
18Kneissl, KarinKarin Kneissl
(born 1965)
18 December 20173 June 20191 year, 167 daysIndependentKurz I Cabinet
19Schallenberg, AlexanderAlexander Schallenberg
(born 1969)
3 June 201911 October 20212 years, 130 daysÖVPBierlein Cabinet
Kurz II Cabinet
20Linhart, MichaelMichael Linhart
(born 1958)
11 October 20216 December 202156 daysÖVPSchallenberg Cabinet
(19)Schallenberg, AlexanderAlexander Schallenberg
(born 1969)
6 December 2021Incumbent45 daysÖVPNehammer Cabinet

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