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More Vienna Tourism

The City is looking forward to a busy holiday season. Vienna has seen 3.1 % more business trippers and vacationers from January to October 2013 as compared to 2012. Of the 4.8 million total overnighters, roughly 3.8 million traveled in from foreign countries, the main markets being Germany, the U.S., and Russia. The largest group […]

Unemployment still rising

At 4.9%, Austria has the lowest unemployment rate in Europe, however, it has been rising for the past 27 months. In November, AMS chief Johannes Kopf said he expects an increase from the current 361,000 jobless Austrians to 450,000 by the end of January. While the economy grew by 0.5% in 2013, and is projected […]

Neo-Nazis convicted

Seven members of “Object 21”, a right-wing extremist group in Upper Austria were sentenced to up to six years in prison on 5 November, after pleading not guilty of “re-engagement with National Socialism”, which was established as a crime in 1947. According to police surveillance since 2009, Object 21 has terrorised the region in Attnang-Pucheim […]

Teens help the Philippines

Teens help the Philippines

To support the victims of the category 5 super typhoon, students of the AIS (American International School, Vienna) mobilised. The student club “Habitat for Humanity” held a waffle and cookie sale, raising enough money to buy a “Shelter Repair Kit” which includes the essentials to build a complete shelter for one family. Three days later, […]

Non-staff expats earn less

Migrant entrepreneurs living and working in Vienna earn less than natives, according to the study by the Vienna Business Agency (Wiener Wirtschaftsagentur). Roughly 72% live on €800 per month. Since the 1970s, the number of non-Austrian entrepreneurs has more than tripled (to 26,200 in 2011, 81.5% of all migrants). Today, one in three entrepreneurs is […]

The concerns of Austrians

The concerns of Austrians

Austrian’s biggest concerns are their childrens’ futures and the future of their pension, according to an online survey by market, the research institute in Linz. Of the 500 people questioned, 65% worry about whether their children have opportunities for success, and 61% are worried about the security of their pensions. The questionnaire was conducted in […]

Prostitutes banned in Prater

A ban on street prostitution is to be enforced due to the building of dormitories for the new Wirtschaftsuniversität (WU, University of Economics), which opens campus doors this October. The construction of student dorms makes Südportal-, Messe-, and Perspektivstraße, heavily trafficked at night by streetwalkers, a residential zone and street solicitation will be no longer […]

Austrian animal advocates

One of Austria’s leading animal rights activists, Martin Balluch spoke at the debut screening of The Trial in Prague on 23 August. The documentary follows the case about Balluch and four others charged as organised crime members, or terrorists. Under Austria’s Article 278a – in which a perpetrator’s attitude is evidence enough for conviction – […]

Austria: 13th best birthplace

After Vienna being hailed as the city with the highest quality of life and Austria having the lowest unemployment rate in the EU, it may come as a surprise that a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit ranks Austria only 13th in the list of best countries to be born in. The study is based […]

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