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Looking back at 130 years of relations between S. Korea and Austria Updated: 2021-06-15 07:24:16 KST


South Korea and Austria, their bilateral relationship goes back to 1892, when official diplomatic ties between the Korean Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire were established.
While there have been no presidential visits by South Korea until this current trip, high-ranking officials from the two countries have made visits to each other several times, strengthening their ties in various areas.
And in 2020, when the pandemic started to rage across borders, President Moon Jae-in shared South Korea's experiences in handling the virus during a phone call with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
Despite the pandemic, the two countries' economic ties have gotten only stronger.
The total trade volume between the two in 2020 amounted to almost 2.7 billion U.S. dollars, up 11 percent on-year.
South Korea's exports to Austria last year jumped 23 percent, on the back of strong performances in computers, electric vehicles and semiconductors.
Culture is another field where the two countries have a strong bond.
The most symbolic event is the Austrian-Korean Philharmonic Orchestra.
Every year in Vienna, young Korean and Austrian musicians perform together.
Established to strengthen cultural exchanges between the two, the orchestra is a gateway for South Korean musicians to showcase their talents.
Based on the first presidential visit by Moon Jae-in, the ties between the two countries are expected to expand further into other areas, including science and technology.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News
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