Greetings from the Consul General

Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul
Dr. Klaus Otto Schmidt, Generalkonsul© GKChengdu/Schmidt

Dear visitors,

The month of November is dedicated to some very interesting cultural events.

On November 22, the annual European Union Film Festival will be opened in Vancouver. The German contribution “Farewell to Europe” about the life of Stefan Zweig during his exile is going to be screened on December 1. The German-French-Austrian co-production from the year 2016, according to the judgment of film critics an “astonishingly relevant historical refugee film”, will also find followers here.

Already on November 18, the Vancouver Foreign Film Society shows the German movie “Transit”, which is also dedicated to a refugee fate. The film is based on a novel by Anna Seghers.

On November 28, our Consulate General invites you to an exhibition by Dresden-born artist Friedrich Peter. The motto of the exhibition is: “Touched and untouched beauty - Dresden and Vancouver”.

And last but not least an artistic outlook for the upcoming year: Max Raabe and his “Palace Orchestra” will have their first concert of their North American tour in Vancouver on March 9: the program is titled “Dream a little dream”.

Wishing you a wonderful autumn

Dr. Klaus Schmidt

Consul General of Germany


Curriculum Vitae

Consul General Dr. jur. Klaus Schmidt
Born November 27, 1956 in Würzburg
Married, two children

1976 - 1981

Law Studies
University of Würzburg

1st State Exam
1981 - 1984
Practical Training
2nd State Exam
PhD (Dr. jur. utriusque)
1985 - 2003

Press and Information Office
Federal Government Bonn/Berlin

Assignments and Entry to the Foreign Office

1987 - 1988

Press Section
German Consulate General Los Angeles, USA

1991 - 1995

Head of Press and Information Department, Visa and Consular Section
German Embassy Ottawa, Canada

2003 - 2005

Head of Division K 01
Political and Public Relations abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin

2005 - 2008

Political Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2008 - 2011

Head of Division 603 and 608
Multilateral and Media Policy / Public Diplomacy abroad
Federal Foreign Office, Berlin


Head of Cultural Section
German Embassy Tokyo, Japan

2012 - 2015

Deputy Head of Mission and Head of Economic Section
German Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina

2015 - 2018

Consul General
German Consulate General Chengdu, China

since 8/2018

Consul General
German Consulate General Vancouver, Canada

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