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Famous for its beer, pastries and impressive mountainous and lush green landscapes, Austria is one of Europe's major economic powerhouses. The country is deemed to be a real haven for outsourcing companies. Indeed, it is very open to the setting up of small and medium enterprises.

Austria is also a multicultural country welcoming expatriates from across the globe with open arms.

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The Austrian economy is strong, with a high gross domestic product and a high quality of life for residents. Major industries within the country include tourism, construction, metals, chemicals, and education. More information on finding a job in Austria, or starting your own business, can be found below.

If you are moving to Austria as a student, worker or expat, you may require a visa. The following section contains general information on Austrian visa requirements. Austria welcomes expats for the purpose of travel, business and study, but certain conditions must be met to obtain a visa. For longer-term visa types, proficiency in the German language is essential. Most immigration website information and visa application forms are also only available in German. As Austria is part of the European Union (EU), EU passport holders do not need a visa to relocate to the country for purposes of work or study.

Austria has a number of modern airports that serve international and domestic flights. The largest airports, most likely to be used by expats, can be found in Vienna, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. These airports offer proximity to the city centre and access to airports by public transportation.

Tax revenue in Austria plays a vital role in the Austrian economy and infrastructure, funding essential services, such as healthcare, education and public works. Please see below for details on the Austrian taxation system.

Austrian universities have a very good reputation, offering challenging courses of study in both German and English. If you are considering studying in Austria, it is home to some of the most well-regarded universities, which welcome international students. Popular courses of study and research include German language, humanities, arts, marketing, and business. The academic year begins in October and ends in September the year after.

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My blog is dedicated to my love affair with Austria and the region that was once referred to as the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It deals with the everyday moments that touch my heart. It chronicles the memories that time has created and the stories that have unfolded along the path of my life. This is my self-indulgent platform, a place for me to connect with other like-minded individuals, a vehicle to enable me to touch people's hearts near and far by sharing my romantic journey.

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