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Insurance

Insurance

  Shortly after I moved to Vienna, a group of us sat around in an apartment agonising over one hefty document that claimed to tell us everything we needed to know about insurance. After an hour of pointing and reading and interrupting and arguing, I still came away utterly bamboozled. The following would have helped: […]

Letters to the Editor: Oct. 2013

To the Editor I just want to take a minute to congratulate you and your staff for this outstanding publication. As a former magazine editor in my homeland Canada, and a senior communications manager in the United Nations system, I know what it takes. And how rarely anyone bothers to tell you. Since moving to […]

Expat Emergencies

Expat Emergencies

More than half a million foreigners live in Vienna. But in moments of crisis, in an unfamiliar legal system and lacking a firm social network, things can be difficult, and at times even dangerous. From free legal advice to support groups for bi-national couples, here are suggestions on where to get started if problems occur. […]

Integrating the Germans

With German immigrants now constituting the largest minority in Austria as of 2010, the city of Vienna has decided to take action. The Municipal Department for Integration and Diversity and representatives from the German community now offer “information modules” every quarter at the Expat-Center to help Germans better prepare for life in the city. Until […]

Welcoming the Expats

Welcoming the Expats

It was an overflow house at the Semper Depot on Lehargasse in the 6th District on Monday, 12 November, as some 450 internationals gathered to celebrate the 2nd anniversary of the Expat Center, a project of the Vienna Business Agency (Wirtschaftsagentur) to ease foreign nationals adjustment to the city. Already a dramatic space, the former […]

FATCA: The Long Arm of the U.S. Tax Law

FATCA: The Long Arm of the U.S. Tax Law

U.S. tax consultant James C. Sexton has come to Vienna on a mission: To educate Americans about their new obligations to the Internal Revenue Service. And there is plenty to learn. “This is the first time there has been legislation enacted where you have foreign banks [acting] basically as IRS agents,” he said, “just like […]

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