Living in Austria
Last updated on Feb 10, 2022
Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Austria. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.
What do I need to know about living in Austria?
When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Austria, they said:
"Try to accept the local way of life and learn the language. This is perhaps the country in the whole world where speaking the local language and imitating local customs makes the difference between being truly "in" and just getting by," added another expat who made the move to Vienna .
How do I meet people in Austria?
When we asked people living in Austria about club and activities where newcomers can meet others, they responded:
"Going to discos, opera or joining a hiking club are great ways to meet Austrians," explained one expat living in Vienna , Austria.
What is life like in Austria?
When we asked people living in Austria what life is like and how people spend their time, they said:
"Lives evolve around work during the weekdays and relaxation on the weekends, some people are also fans of the Rapid Austria and Wien soccer clubs," added another expat who made the move to Vienna .
Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Austria accepting of differences?
"Vienna is as diverse as any large city in Western Europe nowadays is. The people might seem insular in so far as you do not make an attempt to behave as they do and try speaking their language. In general it takes a while to make friends here, but once you make them friendships are not as superficial as they are in the USA, for ex," remarked another expat living in Vienna , Austria.
What are the schools in Austria like?
"Start at least six months before the school term to allow for proper registration and testing for placement," said another parent with children at Vienna Christian School in Vienna.
About the Author
Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.
Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.
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