Living in Austria guide for expats

All the information you need to relocate and live in Austria.

Our selection of articles for expatriation in Austria

Visas for Austria

If you are moving to Austria as a student, worker or entrepreneur, you may require a visa depending on your home country or ...

Accommodation in Vienna

Like in any other big city, you will find various types of rental options in and surrounding the centre of Vienna. Since finding ...

Study in Austria

Austrian universities are highly esteemed throughout Europe, boasting a diverse range of courses available in both German and ...

The tax system in Austria

Tax revenue is a crucial element of the Austrian economy and plays a significant role in funding essential services, including ...

The labor market in Austria

Whether you are looking for a new job or are interested in a future-oriented further education in Austria, it can be an advantage ...

Working in Austria

The Austrian economy is strong, with a high gross domestic product and a high quality of life for residents. Major industries ...

Working in Vienna

In recent years, Vienna has become a popular destination with professionals looking to boost their careers abroad. With a vibrant ...

Accommodation in Austria

There is a wide range of accommodation options available in Austria, from apartments and houses for rent to flatshare ...

Opening a bank account in Austria

Banks in Austria are regulated at the national level and are known for their high level of security, providing expatriates with a ...

Work visas for Austria

Austria's labor market offers great opportunities, despite some inflation. The economic situation is generally strong, and ...

Accidents and emergencies in Austria

It is important to be prepared and aware of the available resources in case of an emergency or when needing assistance in the ...

Choosing your neighborhood in Vienna

Vienna might seem like a rather scenic and calm city with its beautiful historical buildings and classy looks. Don't get ...

The work culture in Vienna

Relocating to a different city for work can feel overwhelming, particularly when you have limited knowledge about the local ...

Sports in Vienna

Not only has Vienna many cultural highlights to offer but also many recreational facilities and countless options to keep your ...

Tips for adjusting to the culture in Vienna

Moving to a foreign place with a distinct culture, such as Vienna, brings both excitement and challenges. Upon arrival, you will ...

About Austria

Austria's geography and demography

The country is surrounded by eight European neighbors: Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. You will find some of the best skiing areas in the world in the southern and western parts of the country (Tyrol, Salzburg, Carinthia, and Vorarlberg), including some of the best ski resorts and densely forested areas.

A quarter of Austria's population (almost 9,1 million, the population has increased in recent years) lives in Vienna, and this is also where most expatriates' lives revolve around. In total, as many as one-third of all Austrians live in Vienna and Lower Austria.

Austria's economy

Austria's main economic, intellectual, and business activities are taking place in its capital city Vienna. But there is also an exciting cultural program and prestigious universities and colleges in the other larger and smaller cities such as Salzburg, Linz, Krems and Innsbruck. Companies and organizations have locations all over Austria.

Many international organizations (United Nations' institutions, NGOs, and energy companies) have their headquarters in Vienna. 

Big organizations and professionals benefit from Austria's access to the single European market, its proximity to emerging markets such as Hungary and the Czech Republic, an exemplary private banking system, and its continuous promotion of entrepreneurship with a special focus on social entrepreneurship. But Vienna successfully combines the past with the present, and from one moment to another, visitors get transported to a time when the palaces were filled with waltzers. 

Social life in Austria

Austrians are very respectful of their work-life balance, and this is something they are proud of — getting work done shouldn't mean sacrificing family time or staying in the office until late hours. They also find it reasonable to pay higher taxes when education and healthcare are covered and come at high quality. Austria is very rich in culture and home to many famous musicians and composers like Joseph Hayden, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, Josef Strauss, and Herbert von Karajan. Some of the famous artists are Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Gustav Klimt whose art you can enjoy in one of the many museums like the Albertina and the Leopold Museum

This results in numerous prestigious music universities in Vienna. In the western part of Austria, there are the Alps, which aren't just beautiful to enjoy some fantastic days sliding down the slopes but are also home to many great athletes like ski racer Marcel Hirscher or Hermann Maier.

Quick Information

Capital: Vienna

Official Language: German

Minority Languages: Burgenland-Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Romani, Slovenian, Slovak

Currency: Euro

Area: 83858 Km²

Population: 9,078,237

Calling Code:  43

Timezone: Europe/Vienna, UTC 1

Quick Information

Capital : Vienna
Official Languages : German , Croatian , Hungarian , Slovenian
Currency : Euro
Area : 83858 Km2
Population : 8205000
Calling Code : +43
Timezone : Europe/Vienna

Austria city guide

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