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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.

Quiz Night in November

Niels and Lyn Dahl did such a fantastic job at organising our quiz night in July that by popular demand they have agreed to organise another for us on 19th November.

Get together and arrange a table of bright heads and bring along some wine and table snacks to keep your strength up during the many rounds of awesome questions to test your general knowledge as well as your knowledge about cultural, history, geography etc. See you there.

50th Anniversary Celebration

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The Scandinavian Association is turning 50 in October. It was formed in 1966 and since its formation has been a place where many friendships have been formed and where Scandinavians gather to celebrate what it means to be Scandinavian.

We are celebrating this special event at Miss Maud’s Restaurant with a buffet smorgasbord lunch Sunday 23rd October from 12 pm onwards.

Cost will be $50 per person, one drink included in the price, $25 for Children (4-13 inclusive) and $ 55 for non-members.

To book for this event please contact Nina via email ninakimba@gmail.com or phone her on 9245 8768 between 9 am and 9.30 pm.

From the Committee

We really enjoyed St Hans on 18th June at Nordic House. It was cold but people still gathered in the garden waiting for the fire to be lit to keep them warm, singing the traditional songs after enjoying gloegg and hot dogs. Special thanks goes to Niels and Lyn, to Karen Margrethe for the music and to Merete for helping in the kitchen. It was good to see new faces and there were many children as well. 36 adults and 15 children came. Until we find a suitable venue to have a bigger bonfire, we shall continue at Nordic House.

Also thank you to Susanne for shopping and to everyone for coming and for bringing items for the raffle.

The Quiz night went well with 23 participants. Thanks to Niels and Lyn for preparing all the questions and running the show.

We had 4 big tables and there were plenty of prices including a dinner at Niels and Lyn`s place that 6 lucky people won. I hope you all enjoyed the evening. We look forward to more of the same.

A few of us are having late summer holidays, but are already busy preparing for the spring and Christmas functions hoping it will all come together later in the year.

The AGM was held Saturday 13th August and around 19 members came. Rita and Neil were presented with some gifts to show our appreciation for all the work they have done over several years as membership secretary and editor of Scanpost, and for their general help in the Association.

Also many thanks to outgoing committee Gunnar, Nina, Oeystein, Birgit and Nola for their help over the last year. Thank you also to Palle and Gunnar on the maintenance team and to Susanne for shopping, and also to Gunnar and Sigurd for their work with the library.

Nina stepped down as treasurer, but as we have not yet found a replacement she will help until one is found. On the new committee we have Øystein as president, Marianne as secretary, Merete will take over as Scanpost editor and membership secretary, and Gunnar and Joan as committee members. Nina will be acting as treasurer until 1st November, as it is hard to manage without one, so we are urgently looking for someone to take over.

We look forward to another year of good times and hoping for an increase in membership. As in any club membership, you get out of the club what you put in. Supporting the club events is the main thing, but also volunteering your time to help ensure that events are successful. This is valuable to your club and very rewarding for yourself.

We had a Busy Bee on Sunday the 21st August, just a few came, and general house work and garden tidy was done.

Let me not forget to mention that we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary, since the formation of the Scandinavian Association, 1966-2016, with a buffet lunch at Miss Maud’s on Sunday the 23rd October at 12 noon. Cost will be $ 50 per person, one drink included in the price, $25 for Children (4-13 inclusive) and $ 55 for non-members.

We are hoping to see lots of members, old and new. Please bring your family and friends and if you are in touch with old members please invite them to come along.

The  cut-off date for booking is 12th October and payment has to be completed with your booking. You can book in with Nina on ninahkimba@gmail.com or phone 9245 8768 .

Niels Dahl is organising another Quiz night on Saturday November 19th, so get your general knowledge up to scratch. It will be at 6.30 with the quiz starting at 7 pm.

With best regards

The Committee

2016 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival starts 21 July at Cinema Paradiso

Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival 2016The 2016 Volvo Scandinavian Film Festival returns to Cinema Paradiso 21 July – 3 August presenting 22 films from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Sweden and Norway.

The festival opens with the hilarious comedy ‘Welcome to Norway!’ and also features standout films ‘Land of Mine’, ‘The Fencer’ and ‘The Wave’.

Find out more at www.scandinavianfilmfestival.com.au and get tickets via www.lunapalace.com.au (see Film Festivals).