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Check out our upcoming events

The Association is organising a number of events over the next couple of months. You can see the details on our Coming Events page.

Danish Biometric Passport Mobile Unit to visit WA – Monday 9th October

Waffles and Stories with Nina and Haldor – Saturday 14th October)

Social BBQ – Saturday 21st October 2017

World of Food Festival – Sunday 19th November

Swedish Christmas Markets – Sunday 26th November 2017

Nordic House Christmas Lunch – Friday 1st December 2017

Children’s Christmas Party – Sunday 3rd December 2017

Christmas Church Service – Monday 18th December 2017

Time, venue and other details are shown on the Coming Events page.

Important information from the Danish Embassy and Consulate General regarding Australian citizenship by descent

The Association has received the following letter from the Danish Consulate General:

The Embassy in Canberra along with the Consulate General in Sydney would like your help in spreading the word about an issue that could affect Danish-Australian couples who had children before 1 September 2015. If the children were born outside Australia and acquired Australian citizenship by descent before 1 September 2015, there is a risk that the Danish citizenship was lost when Australian citizenship was acquired by descent. Therefore, we cannot issue Danish passports to these individuals, until their case has been tried with the Danish Nationality Division under the Ministry of Immigration and Integration.

We have published a page on our website with information about this issue. In English: http://australien.um.dk/en/travel-and-residence/documents-and-fees/danish-citizenship and in Danish: http://australien.um.dk/da/rejse-og-ophold/dokumenter-og-gebyrer/dansk-statsborgerskab.

In cooperation with the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Danish Nationality Division, we have described the legal aspects of the issue as well as the process that the affected individuals have to follow before a new Danish passport can be issued.

The process the affected individuals have to go through will probably take around 1-1½ years in total before the Nationality Division has made a decision. Should the Nationality Division find that the Danish citizenship was lost, the individual can then – and only then – reacquire Danish citizenship by declaration towards the State Administration. This is the very last possible step of the process. As you may be aware from when the new law on dual citizenship was introduced on 1 September 2015, the option of reacquiring Danish citizenship by declaration, if it had been lost prior to 1 September 2015 due to the individual acquiring a foreign citizenship, is only possible for a five year period until 31 August 2020. Therefore, it is important that this information reaches as many of the affected individuals as possible before this window closes. Since the process can take up to 18 months in total, suddenly 2020 isn’t far away and that is why we need your help in spreading the word to all the Danes in your network.

If you have any questions regarding the above or the information on our website, please do not hesitate to contact us.

With kind regards

GITTE JOHANSSON / SYDGKL@UM.DK
CONSULAR OFFICER / SYDNEY
THE DANISH CONSULATE GENERAL, SYDNEY
LEVEL 33, 1 O’CONNELL STREET / SYDNEY N.S.W. 2000
TEL: +61 (2) 9247 2224 / FAX: +61 2 9251 7504
WEB: AUSTRALIA.UM.DK

BBQ at Nordic House on Saturday 18 March

There will be a social barbecue at Nordic House (25 Melvin Avenue, Thornlie) on Saturday 18 March.

The barbecue commences at 17.30.

The cost is $20 for members and $30 for non members, free for small children, half price for bigger children.

The price includes dinner and dessert, tea and coffee. There will be soft drink and juice boxes to buy and BYO alcohol.

Please book in with Marianne either  by email  attfield@iinet.net.au, or phone 0401169853 no later than 16/3/2017.

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Join us for Fastelavn on 19 February

Fastelavn er mit navn, boller vil jeg have, hvis jeg ingen boller får, så laver jeg ballade……!

Fastelavn is a traditional Danish celebration, which has its origins in an old heathen custom. It is a carnival much loved by children who get to dress up in costume and to hit a wooden barrel specially made for the occasion and decorated with black cats.

Please join us at Nordic House at 3pm on Sunday 19 February for Fastelavn this year. Children can come dressed up if they wish.

The children will hit the barrel first, then we will all enjoy tea, coffee and Fastelavns buns.

Danish Biometric Passport Mobile Unit in Perth on 20 October

The Danish Biometric Passport Mobile Unit will be in Perth on Thursday 20 October to  enable Danish citizens in WA to renew their Danish passports in accordance with the new biometric guidelines.

To make an appointment, please contact the Danish Consultate in Perth.

Contact details (email is preferred)

Telephone hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
Mobile:  0418 955 949
Skype:  0418 955 949
Email:  henningjacobsen123@hotmail.com

Needed – New Treasurer

At the AGM 13th August Nina stepped down as treasurer but unfortunately no one has come forth to take over the position.

Nina has kindly agreed to continue on an  interim  basis  until  1st  November when she is going away on an extended holiday and no longer will be able to do the job as treasurer.

The   task   is   not   an   onerous   one. Someone with flair for numbers and basis computer skills will be able to do the job without any problems. Nina is on  hand  to  provide  the  new  treasurer with a throughout handover and advice. The committee can also provide support and help to the role.

It is vital for the Association to have a treasurer  so  please  consider  if  this  is how you can contribute to the Association and, if so, please contact Nina on 9245 8768 with your nomination, questions or queries.

Nordic House News

Thank you to the members who came to the AGM 13th August. It was a lovely afternoon shared.

A date for the Swedish Club Christmas Bazaar has yet to be set.

Sunday 21st August was the date set for our busy bee. The weather was not particularly friendly but some garden work and general house work was completed. Thank you to the members who turned up to help.

Please note that all future credit card payments will be subject to a surcharge of 2% to cover bank fees.

Your library is looking good after its overhaul and it is ready and waiting for you to use it.