Waehringer Strasse Station in Vienna, Austria
Waehringer Strasse Station in Vienna, Austria
Waehringer Strasse Station in Vienna, Austria

Living in Austria Guide

By Betsy Burlingame

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Summary: Expats in Austria offer tips for thriving as an expat living in Austria. Learning German will help you meet locals and truly assimilate. It takes time to befriend Austrians, but once you make friends they are friends for life.

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Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder of Expat Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Some of Betsy's more popular articles include 6 Best Places to Live in Costa Rica, 12 Things to Know Before Moving to The Dominican Republic and 7 Tips for Obtaining Residence in Italy. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.


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guest
Mar 25, 2013 09:37

As an American, I lived in Austria consistently for four years, and intermittently for 18 years, with my Austrian wife. Austrians are not necessarily insular, but culturally, an Austrian must be introduced to a stranger. Americans will strike up a conversation with anyone, Austrians consider it rude to interrupt someone who you have not been introduced to with the exception of directions or business ( and in the latter it is STILL better to be introduced). Many Austrian companies will not hire Americans as US tax law requires EU companies to report the incomes of Americans. Most companies will not bother dealing with the US Govt, so don't be offended if you are the perfect candidate and are turned down. One way to subtly ferret out if they will hire you is to ask if other Americans are currently employed by the firm. There is also Ageism in Austria, so they may pick a younger unqualified candidate over you. Austrians are also very direct, almost to the point of rudeness. As I have lived In Austria long enough, I have grown comfortable and even imitate it. Most Americans I meet find me to be very direct as a result, and others have apologized on my behalf saying I'm just European in my manners. Flexibility as an Expat in any country is key. Auf wiedersehen und Viel Gluck!

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Living in Austria GuideLiving in Austria Guide

Expats in Austria offer tips for thriving as an expat living in Austria. Learning German will help you meet locals and truly assimilate. It takes time to befriend Austrians, but once you make friends they are friends for life.

Austria Forum Austria Forum
Meet other expats and talk about living in Austria.

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Expats in Austria have access to highly respected private and public hospitals, English-speaking doctors and more.

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Contribute to Austria Network Contribute
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