Neuhaus, Carinthia

Neuhaus (Slovene: Suha) is a small town in the Austrian state of Carinthia southeast of Klagenfurt, in the district of Völkermarkt, about 4 km from the border with Slovenia.

The Municipality of Neuhaus is located in the extreme east of the Jaun Valley south of the Drava River.

Neuhaus is part of a cadastral district that includes Neuhaus water thermos jug, Graditschach, Berg ob Leifling running waist belt, Leifling, Pudlach, Heiligenstadt, and Schwabegg water bottle with handle. The municipality includes the following 16 settlements (2001 census):

Neuhaus (Newenhavse) was first mentioned in 1288; the settlement of Leifling first in 1154 as Liwuelich and the settlement of Schwabegg as Castrum Swabec in 1212. The Counts of Heunburg built Neuhaus Castle at the end of the 13th century.

In 1958 the current Municipality of Neuhaus was established by combining the previously independent municipalities of Leifling und Schwabegg.

According to the 2001 census, the Municipality of Neuhaus had 1,236 inhabitants, of which 96.9% are Austrian and 1.0% German citizens. 13.2% are Carinthian Slovenes.

96.5% of the population is Roman Catholic and 1.4% is Lutheran. 1.3% have no religious affiliation.

The municipal council has 15 members and is structured as follows after the 2003 municipal elections:

The mayor, directly elected, is Gerhard Visotschnig (Social Democratic Party).

The coat of arms of Neuhaus shows the golden tower of the castle (today’s Neuhaus Castle) and the three golden stars of the Counts of Heunburger, who had these in their coat of arms and had their center of power in the southeast Jaun Valley. The golden plow represents agriculture as the historically and currently most important economic activity in the municipality.

The coat of arms and banner were adopted by the municipality on 2 June 1980. The flag is blue and yellow and bears the coat of arms.