If you are moving to Austria and need some information, look no further.
Population: Approximately 8.5 million
Currency: Euro, symbol is €
To type a Euro symbol, Hold down the ALT
key. Using the numeric keypad, type 0128.
Release the ALT key and Voila! The Euro symbol should
Language: Austria has four official languages; German,
Hungarian, Slovenian, and Austrian German
TV system: PAL. (USA TV’s and DVDs wont work)
Healthcare: Everyone living and working in Austria must
make health insurance contributions. Health insurance is part of the social security insurance system.
The cost for an insured person depends on their income and therefore varies a lot.
Drive: on the right side.
Voltage / plug:
Voltage is 230 volts AC at 50HZ. Plug looks like this.
Rentals: furnished or unfurnished both seem equally available depending on city
Interesting info: Approximately one quarter of the population of
Austria lives in Vienna and 62% of Austria is covered by the Austrian Alps
I bet you didn’t know Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Hollywood actor
and California politician, grew up in Austria. Before starting to eat, Austrians say “Guten
Appetit!” and before starting to drink, they toast by clinking glasses while looking the other person in the eye, because to not make eye contact is rude and is said to bring upon oneself seven years of bad sex!
Common words: yes-ja, no-nein, thank you-danke, you are welcome-bitte schn, please-bitte,
hello-guten tag, goodbye-auf wiedersehen, good morning-guten morgen, good night-gute nacht.
Food: 6 must try Austrian foods:
Wiener Schnitzel (veal typically) Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) Truffelspitz (boiled beef and veggies with
broth) Goulash (stew or soup, typically with beef) Sachertarte (chocolate cake with jam inside) Kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancake with fruits and jams and powder sugar)
Weather: The southeastern areas of Austria have longer and warmer, almost Mediterranean-like
summers. In the western part of the country the temperate Atlantic climate is felt more strongly. Winters are
usually mild and summers rather warm unless you choose to live up a mountain.
Units of measurement: metric
Strange weird things about living in Austria: from an expat wife:
They do not sell cookies anywhere. It is hard to make them from scratch because vanilla extract is
super hard to find and even when you do find it, they still taste different.
You can’t turn right at a red light.
People always wait at a crosswalk for the green man even if no cars are coming.
Some Austrians think that if you walk around barefoot, you will get a bladder infection.
After drinking beer here, the beer back in the States tastes like water.
Dogs are allowed to go everywhere unless a sign is posted. (does that mean dogs can read there?)
Flats and houses don’t usually have closets, you have to buy wardrobes instead. Still looking
Religion In Austria: there is religious freedom. The larger part of the Austrian population professes to be of Roman Catholic faith (around three quarters).
Famous for: Its castles, palaces and buildings, among other architectural works. Some of Austria’s most famous castles include Festung Hohensalzburg, Burg Hohenwerfen, and the Schloß Artstetten. The Viennese Waltz made famous by Johann Strauss and those yummy little wafers.
Drinks: Almdudler is an Austrian soft drink based on mountain herbs and with a flavor reminiscent of elderflower beverages. It is considered the ‘national drink of Austria’, and is popularly used as a mixer with white wine or water.
Tipping: Tipping in Austria is common, mainly in restaurants and for taxi drivers. However you
should tip less than in North America. This is because there is usually a service charge already included in the
bill (in a restaurant or in a hotel), and waiters earn a decent salary.
Government: The politics of Austria take place in the framework of the federal parliamentary republic
of Austria, with a President as head of state, and a Chancellor as the head of government.
President currently: Alexander Van der Bellen
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