Living in Austria guide

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Our selection of articles for expatriation in Austria

Opening a bank account in Austria

Banks in Austria are regulated nationally and are very secure, meaning expatriates can feel confident when banking within ...

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 ...

The health system in Austria

Choosing to move to Austria is a very good decision if it's for having a stable and high-class developed health care system ...

Working in Vienna

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

Working in Austria

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

Setting up a business in Austria

If you are seeking more than employment, starting your own business in Austria would be the other choice. Depending on where your ...

Internships in Austria

In Austria, you will usually find two different types of internships. One is voluntarily, and the other form involves proper ...

Relocating to Austria with your pets

Austria is known to be a very pet-friendly country, and most house owners do have various of them. So there should be no reason ...

Moving to Austria with children

There are several international schools in Austria, located mainly in Vienna and Salzburg. These schools provide a curriculum ...

Things to do in Austria

As the western terrain in Austria is very mountainous, skiing and snowboarding are very popular in the winter, with Austria being ...

Getting around Austria

Austria has a number of modern airports that serve international and domestic flights. The largest airports, most likely to be ...

Relocating to Austria

To make your move to Austria as smooth as possible, take the time to plan and prepare for your move. Researching before your ...

Phones, internet and mail in Austria

Austria offers fast and secure telecommunications throughout the country and has been known to be one of the best ...

Driving in Austria

In general, the age that gives you permission to drive is your 18th birthday. And in a country like Austria, this marks a very ...

The tax system in Austria

Tax revenue in Austria plays a vital role in the Austrian economy and infrastructure, funding essential services, such ...

About Austria

Austria's geography and demography

The country is surrounded by eight European neighbours: 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 (8,965,612) lives in Vienna, and this is also where most expatriates' lives revolve around. 

Austria's economy

 Austria's main economic, intellectual, and business activities are taking place in its capital city, imperial Vienna. 

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

Big organisations 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 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 who’s art you can enjoy in one of the many museums like 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 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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