Expatriate Community in Austria

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
Vienna is ranked 19th according to the cost of living survey by Mercer.
Quality of Life
Among the 50 cities in the world where the quality of life is best, Vienna is ranked 3rd.
Sanitary Conditions
Among the 50 cities in the world where the sanitary conditions are best, Vienna is ranked 28th.
For Further Information
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the quality of life and sanitary conditions 
The Mercer Human Resource Consulting ranking concerning the cost of living

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Most furnished and un-furnished apartments are available.
Normal Lease Term
The rental market for leasehold apartments is highly regulated in Austria. It is covered under the Landlord and Tenant Act (Mietrechtsgesetz). This Act covers conditions such minimum notice periods, and sets rents for rental apartments according to the facilities and furnishings provided. However, rents for single family houses are not generally covered by the Act.
Rental Costs
The cost and other guarantees depend on the terms & conditions of the lease agreement signed between the landlord and tenant. Generally a security amount equal to three months rentals is paid to the landlord. The tenant is also asked to pay the cost of drawing up the lease agreement.

A three-month notice period is generally the norm, in case either of the two parties want the other party to vacate the house.

Agencies or Private Rentals
Details of properties available to rent can be found in daily newspapers such as Der Standard and Die Presse, from real estate agents and advertised online.
Rental Agency Websites
Apartment Vienna
Private Rentals Announcements Online
Web Reserver
Austria Apartments
Other Possibilities For Accommodation
The various other types of accommodation available in Austria are : Bed & Breakfast, guest-houses, paying guest and hostel accommodation.
For Further Information
Just Landed
Apartment Owners Association of Vienna

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School System

School Level

The country’s educational system makes it compulsory for all children permanently residing in Austria to attend school for at least 9 years for the age of 6 upwards. Education in Austrian state schools is free of charge. The Austrian school year starts in September, and consists of two semesters.

The public school system in Austria is divided into:

Elementary school - 4 years

Secondary school or grammar school - 4 years or 8 years respectively

Vocational school - optional for up to 5 years, after 4 years in secondary or grammar school.

In addition to the public schools, there are also German and foreign language private schools.

International Schools
There are also a number of private international schools in Austria, the majority of which are in Vienna. These generally follow the British or American school systems. Additionally, there are a number of schools catering to particular nationalities or religious groups. Most private schools are fee-paying.


Home-schooling is allowed under Austrian law, but the approval of the district school inspector must be obtained.

For Further Information
Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture.

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
Austria has an excellent healthcare system which meets international standards. However medical care can be very expensive there if you are not covered by health insurance.
International Hospitals
The staff in most of the hospitals can speak or at least understand English.
Health Insurance

It is compulsory for all employees in Austria to make contributions direct from salary to the state social insurance scheme, which includes health insurance. Most of the self-employed also contribute to this scheme.

Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens visiting Austria are eligible for free or low cost emergency medical treatment on production of a valid European Health Insurance Card.

Expatriates, if not covered under public health insurance scheme, should take private health insurance. In such case, you are likely to be required to make payment at the time of treatment, and to reclaim this from your insurance company. Note that many physicians and hospitals in Austria do not accept credit card payments.

Health System Insurance Body
Gebietskrankenkasse (the public insurance provider in Austria)
Health Ministry
Ministry for health, family and youth

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