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Key Facts

Official Name: Republic of Austria

Capital City: Vienna

Official Languages: German

Religion: Roman Catholic

Currency: Euro (€)

Time Zone: GMT + 1 hour

Country Domain: .at

Country Tel Code: 43

Moving to Austria

Austria has one of the highest standards of living in the world and a highly developed social system. Austrian cities are clean and safe. The pace of life is stimulating, but without the stress present in other industrialized nations. The culture is enriched with magnificent music and art, and the countryside is breathtakingly beautiful. The Austrian people hold fiercely to their own identity. They are an independent, proud people.

For expatriates living in Austria, there is much to see and do. The daily lifestyle is conducive to family life. Visitors will feel welcomed by a people genuinely interested in learning about other cultures.


Since 1955, Austria has been an independent Federal Republic made up of nine states. The executive branch consists of a federal president, a largely ceremonial elected position lasting six years (with a maximum of two terms); a federal chancellor, designated by the president and confirmed by the legislature, usually the leader of the party with the majority in the legislature; and the chancellor's cabinet. Legislative power rests with a bicameral Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung). The Federal Council or Bundesrat has 62 members appointed by the states to five- or six-year terms; the National Council or Nationalrat of 183 members, elected for five years by popular vote.


Austria has one of the strongest economies in the EU, with 67 percent of the GDP generated from services, banking, public services, commerce, transport and tourism sectors. Weathering the 2008 global recession relatively well, subsequent years have seen positive growth and low unemployment compared to other EU countries.


Housing accommodations - either apartments within apartment buildings or houses, or houses themselves - are available furnished or unfurnished. It is usually easier to find an unfurnished residence than one that is furnished.
The definition of "furnished" can vary dramatically from the very basic furnishings to a completely decorated place. "Unfurnished" is also a vague term which may mean that you have rented just the bare structure, without kitchen cabinets, light fixtures and the like. This varies from place to place, and the only way to be sure of the situation is to inspect the site yourself.


American, International, French, and, of course, German-language schools are available to the international community, all teaching from kindergarten through the secondary level.

In Vienna, most expatriates send their children to either the American International School or the Vienna International School which is patterned on the British system.

Visa & Immigration

Santa Fe offers Visa and Immigration services for Austria and countries around the world. For further information, please contact your local Santa Fe office.

Contact Us

Santa Fe Relocation Services Vienna Office

Street: Eitnergasse 5

Postcode: 1230, Vienna

Telephone: + 43 1 865 4706

Manager: Anthony Heszberger


Memberships: FIDI

Accreditations: FIDI-FAIM, ISO 9001 – 14001

Let us assist you with obtaining a Austrian visa, finding an apartment or school in Vienna, and more!

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