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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 […]

Summing up Art Week

Summing up Art Week

From 18 to 24 November, exhibitions, panel discussions, presentations, tours and talks with curators and artists brought art, design and fashion aficionados to the Austrian capital for Vienna Art Week. Initiated by the Dorotheum and hosted by Art Cluster Vienna, this festival focuses on the city’s vibrant creative scene, bringing visitors beyond the well-known locations, […]

1st Verdict on Gurlitt art

German prosecutors have announced that Cornelius Gurlitt rightfully owns several hundred paintings of the recently discovered Munich treasure trove of art. Until they were confiscated in February 2012, Gurlitt lived in solitude amongst the 1,406 masterworks. Including paintings by Picasso, Chagall and Matisse, 970 of the paintings are still under investigation to establish provenance. Experts […]

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 […]

Jazz Fest head dies

Heinz Krassnitzer passed away unexpectedly on 21 September at the age of 61. Krassnitzer was a vibrant performer and leader of the jazz scene for the last 40 years and main coordinator of the Vienna Jazz Festival. Since 1991, the summer festival has been celebrating the smooth music in venues such as the Vienna State […]

Austro-techture turns 20

For its 20-year anniversary, the Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W) is exhibiting a substantial part of its vast collection for the first time, under the title “The gold of AzW”. This exhibition includes design drawings, plans, sketchbooks, photographs and models, from important eras of Austrian architecture. At its founding in 1993, the Centre aimed to present, […]

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