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Pros and Cons of Living in Austria

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Feb 12, 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.

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What are the pros and cons of living in Austria?

Expats, digital nomads and retirees living in Austria responded:

"Expats and digital nomads living in Austria appreciate the country's high quality of life, with its excellent infrastructure, efficient public transportation, and low crime rate. They also enjoy the stunning natural beauty of the Alps, the vibrant cultural scene, and the friendly locals. On the downside, expats and digital nomads may find the cost of living in Austria to be quite high, and the language barrier can be a challenge. Additionally, the bureaucracy can be quite complex and time-consuming," said one member in Austria.

"The area is close (within two hours' drive) to major Austrian, German and Swiss cities. The food quality is high. I'm not satisfied with the conservative attitudes and levels of prejudice and discrimination that I and other ex-pats I know have experienced," remarked one expat in Lustenau.

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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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