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Vienna, Austria

By Betsy Burlingame

Last updated on Sep 05, 2022

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees talk about what it is really like living in Vienna, Austria. They offer advice about meeting people, cost of living, finding a home and more.

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What do I need to know about living in Vienna?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Vienna, 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," remarked another expat living in Vienna , Austria.

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What do I need to know before moving to Vienna?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Vienna, they said:

"Vienna is not such a friendly place if you come from America - very "provincial and suspicious nature abounds here. If you are staying a long time...+5 years consider to try and integrate, if less than 5 years then move to 18th or 19th districts, expats slums. In the 18th & 19th you have lots of Eng speaking temp families with which you have things in common," added another expat who made the move to Vienna.

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How do I meet people in Vienna?

When we asked people living in Vienna 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," remarked another expat who made the move to Vienna .

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Will I be able to find a job in Vienna?

When we asked people about industries and career opportunities in Vienna, they reponded:

"construction, machinery, vehicles and parts, food, metals, chemicals, lumber and wood processing, paper, communication, equipment and tourism. Finding work is challenging as you need a work permit to work in Austria. Additionally, the working language is German. So it is vital that one speaks it," added another expat who made the move to Vienna.

"Service, banking and retail as well as some industry, mostly high tech firms such as Siemens. A lot of businesses cater to the lively tourist trade," explained one expat living in Vienna , Austria.

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What is life like in Vienna?

When we asked people living in Vienna 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," commented one expat who made the move to Vienna .

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What do expats in Vienna 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," remarked another expat living in Vienna, Austria.

"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," added 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," added another expat who made the move to 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," explained one expat living in Vienna, Austria.

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Is there a lot of diversity? Are people in Vienna 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," said another expat 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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