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Pros and Cons of Living in Austria

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Jan 01, 2023

Summary: The pros of living in Austria include its stunning natural beauty, its rich cultural heritage, its excellent public transportation system, its high quality of life, and its strong economy. On the other hand, the cons of living in Austria include its high cost of living, its cold winters, and its limited job opportunities for non-EU citizens.

What do expats in Austria appreciate most about the local culture?

"A lot of things. Vienna is a wonderful city with own charm. Austria is a beautiful country with amazing nature. Art! There's really a lot to do here and it's an amazing place for anyone to visit," said another person in Vienna.

"Vienna is a great town with much to do. It is probably among the best cities in the world in which to live. Austrians are not necessarily difficult and English is spoken by virtually everyone now but closeness is still an issue," remarked another expat in Vienna.

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What do expats find most challenging?

"Language is still somewhat a challenge because I don't speak fluently. Nearly everyone speaks English here, so it's not a big deal until you plan to study or get some certain job," said another expat in Vienna.

"Being alone and finding friends who are of like ideas and interests. I am happily married and am not looking for romance but having close friends with which to do things is a challenge," added another person living in Vienna.

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About the Author

Betsy Burlingame 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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