Since the end of World War II, bilateral and multilateral friendship societies with the aim of creating as strong a network of international understanding and cooperation as possible have come into being in Austria. The spirit of togetherness and friendship has since contributed significantly to a climate in which such sentiments as nationalism and xenophobia are clearly rejected in Austria.
Today, 119 such friendship societies are united under the umbrella of the “Federation of Austrian-Foreign Societies – PaN”. The Federation’s partners include its sister organisations abroad as well as business corporations as sponsoring trustees, central agencies of the federal and regional governments (laender) as the competent bodies under public law, and, obviously, diplomatic and consular foreign representative organisations.
The PaN Federation