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Vienna is not only the Austrian capital but also the country's most densely populated city. It is world famous for hosting many international conventions.

Vienna offers unparalleled quality living to expatriates wishing to settle here to live and work, as well as several professional opportunities. As a major higher education hub, it also attracts international students in large numbers.

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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.

If you wish to get married in Austria, it is important to know that only civil ceremonies are legally binding in the country. However, you may also wish to have a religious ceremony afterwards. Marriages in Austria are legally binding and are recognised by international governments. There are no residency requirements for Austrian weddings, so a marriage can occur as soon as all paperwork is completed and approved. Civil wedding ceremonies are conducted in German, so a translator may be required. They are conducted by the Vital Statistics Office, know as the Standesamt.

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.

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.

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How Vienna Stole My Heart and Other Stories

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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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A 20-something student starting her journey in the capital of Austria. I write about inspiration in all its forms from the streets of Vienna and from the back of my mind.

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My blog is about my three year old son and our adventures in Vienna, Austria. It is about life with a three year old as well as life as an expat.

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