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thelocal.at vor 82 Tagen
Cost of living: 45 ways to save money in Austria

Cost of living: 45 ways to save money in Austria

Inflation has pushed up the cost of living in Austria as elsewhere, but we've collected dozens of tips to help you get the most out of life here without needin [...]

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thelocal.at vor 82 Tagen
Seven things that might surprise you when travelling in Austria

Seven things that might surprise you when travelling in Austria

Austria is known for being beautiful and green, but there is more to the alpine country than Sound of Music cliches.

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thelocal.at vor 82 Tagen
Will Austria’s vaccine mandate go ahead?

Will Austria’s vaccine mandate go ahead?

Following the announcement of Austria’s “spring awakening” and relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions, the big question is whether the planned vaccine mandate wil [...]

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thelocal.at vor 83 Tagen
EXPLAINED: How freelancers in Austria can pay four times less in social insurance

EXPLAINED: How freelancers in Austria can pay four times less in social insurance

Self-employed people in Austria are insured by SVS and have to cover 20 percent of treatment costs. that can be reduced to 5 percent. Here's how.

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thelocal.at vor 83 Tagen
Can I work for my foreign employer as a self-employed person in Austria?

Can I work for my foreign employer as a self-employed person in Austria?

Setting yourself up as self-employed in Austria is a fairly complicated process, which means you can't necessarily continue doing the role you did in your prev [...]

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thelocal.at vor 83 Tagen
How Austria is preparing to accept Ukrainian refugees

How Austria is preparing to accept Ukrainian refugees

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has already pushed close to one million refugees to seek shelter elsewhere throughout Europe. Here’s how Austria is preparing.

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thelocal.at vor 85 Tagen
Austria to send protective equipment and fuel to Ukraine

Austria to send protective equipment and fuel to Ukraine

Austria will provide helmets and protective equipment for civilian forces in Ukraine, Chancellor Karl Nehammer confirmed on Monday, while the country is also p [...]

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thelocal.at vor 85 Tagen
Anti-war demonstrations in Vienna...
Thousands of people demonstrated in Vienna  [...]

Anti-war demonstrations in Vienna... Thousands of people demonstrated in Vienna [...]

Anti-war demonstrations in Vienna... Thousands of people demonstrated in Vienna against the Russian invasion of Ukraine on Sunday as part of an initiative by t [...]

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thelocal.at vor 85 Tagen
How you can help Ukrainian media 

How you can help Ukrainian media 

Ukrainian media outlets are working tirelessly under extreme pressure to get the news out and keep Ukrainians informed about all aspects of the Russian invasio [...]

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thelocal.at vor 86 Tagen
‘War not far from Austria’: Chancellor Nehammer

‘War not far from Austria’: Chancellor Nehammer

In a press conference at the EU Summit to discuss the conflict in Ukraine, Austria's chancellor said the EU was acting 'closely and decisively' but warned that [...]

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thelocal.at vor 86 Tagen
Everything that changes about life in Austria in March 2022

Everything that changes about life in Austria in March 2022

Spring is on the way, and so are several other changes to life in Austria this month.

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen
EXPLAINED: The key health insurance terms international professionals need to know

EXPLAINED: The key health insurance terms international professionals need to know

If you're planning to move abroad, or are already living abroad in 2022, organising your international health insurance is one of the most complex, yet importa [...]

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen
Six helpful tips to save money on your groceries in Austria

Six helpful tips to save money on your groceries in Austria

High inflation means that costs are rising in Austria, including in supermarkets and grocery stores. Here are some tips to help you if you're feeling the pinch [...]

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen
When will the Novavax vaccine be available in Austria?

When will the Novavax vaccine be available in Austria?

Novavax is the first 'inactivated vaccine' for Covid to be approved in the EU. When will it be approved - and administered - in Austria?

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen
Austria to relax entry rules for travellers from Tuesday

Austria to relax entry rules for travellers from Tuesday

The Austrian government confirmed on Saturday that it would allow entry to the country based on so-called 3G rules, meaning the unvaccinated can now also enter [...]

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thelocal.at vor 98 Tagen
Could free Covid-19 tests be coming to an end in Austria?

Could free Covid-19 tests be coming to an end in Austria?

Federal government funding for free nationwide Covid-19 tests in Austria is scheduled to end next month, which could mean big changes to the testing strategy.

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thelocal.at vor 106 Tagen
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The Local member special

Here you can purchase a discounted membership at The Local

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thelocal.at vor 106 Tagen
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Daily news is the glue of society, defining the issues we care about as a community. We capture the essence of nations by finding the stories that tell us who [...]

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thelocal.at vor 106 Tagen
Catch up on the latest Covid-19 news and current statistics in The Local's round [...]

Catch up on the latest Covid-19 news and current statistics in The Local's round [...]

Catch up on the latest Covid-19 news and current statistics in The Local's roundup as they happen throughout the week.

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thelocal.at vor 109 Tagen
EXPLAINED: How Austria’s vaccine mandate will work

EXPLAINED: How Austria’s vaccine mandate will work

Austria signed mandatory vaccination into law on Friday. Here’s what you need to know about the mandate.

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thelocal.at vor 113 Tagen
Austria’s lockdown for unvaccinated people ends today...
As of today, there is n [...]

Austria’s lockdown for unvaccinated people ends today... As of today, there is n [...]

Austria’s lockdown for unvaccinated people ends today... As of today, there is no longer a lockdown in place for people without proof of 2G, meaning they can l [...]

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thelocal.at vor 119 Tagen
Can I use my foreign driving licence in Austria?

Can I use my foreign driving licence in Austria?

The quick answer is usually yes, but for a limited time, depending on where your driving licence was issued. Here’s what you need to know about using a foreign [...]

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thelocal.at vor 124 Tagen
Vaccine mandate to be passed today...
Today’s the day that Austria’s law making  [...]

Vaccine mandate to be passed today... Today’s the day that Austria’s law making [...]

Vaccine mandate to be passed today... Today’s the day that Austria’s law making vaccines compulsory is set to be passed in the National Council, where it is ex [...]

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thelocal.at vor 131 Tagen
How does Austria’s Covid ‘traffic light’ risk classification work?

How does Austria’s Covid ‘traffic light’ risk classification work?

Each week, Austria's Corona Commission updates a 'traffic light' risk classification for each of Austria's regions. Here's a closer look at how it works.

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thelocal.at vor 131 Tagen
Renting in Austria: How to find a furnished apartment

Renting in Austria: How to find a furnished apartment

In Austria, most rental apartments are unfurnished, which is not always convenient for new arrivals, students, or those on short-term contracts. But there are [...]

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thelocal.at vor 133 Tagen
These were Vienna’s most popular baby names in 2021

These were Vienna’s most popular baby names in 2021

People born in 2021 will forever be known as pandemic babies, but what about their real names? Here are the most popular baby names in Vienna.

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thelocal.at vor 138 Tagen
What changes to Austria’s Covid-19 rules could be announced on Thursday?

What changes to Austria’s Covid-19 rules could be announced on Thursday?

On Thursday, Austria’s Covid Crisis Coordination Commission (Gecko) is meeting with the Federal Government to discuss the pandemic situation. Here’s what might [...]

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thelocal.at vor 144 Tagen
COMPARE: How Europe is ending 2021 with record Covid rates and new restrictions

COMPARE: How Europe is ending 2021 with record Covid rates and new restrictions

European countries are battling a huge spike in Covid infections driven by the Omicron variant but some countries are hit worse than others and strategies to f [...]

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thelocal.at vor 147 Tagen
No further tightening of Covid-19 rules – yet...
Following two long meetings of  [...]

No further tightening of Covid-19 rules – yet... Following two long meetings of [...]

No further tightening of Covid-19 rules – yet... Following two long meetings of the Committee of the National Covid Crisis Coordination (GECKO) on Monday, furt [...]

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thelocal.at vor 158 Tagen
Vienna and Burgenland no longer classed as ‘very high risk’ for Covid

Vienna and Burgenland no longer classed as ‘very high risk’ for Covid

Austria's Corona Commission has downgraded two regions from red to orange zones, but warned that the slight easing in pressure on the healthcare sector could c [...]

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thelocal.at vor 158 Tagen
Upper Austria comes out of lockdown...
One region of Austria, Upper Austria, had [...]

Upper Austria comes out of lockdown... One region of Austria, Upper Austria, had [...]

Upper Austria comes out of lockdown... One region of Austria, Upper Austria, had almost an extra week of lockdown, but it ends today. 

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thelocal.at vor 160 Tagen
New night train opens between Paris and Vienna… without passengers

New night train opens between Paris and Vienna… without passengers

The first new night train between Paris and Vienna has been hailed as an encouraging development in the fight against climate change. But as the first carriage [...]

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thelocal.at vor 165 Tagen
How to make friends in Austria, from people who’ve been there, done that

How to make friends in Austria, from people who’ve been there, done that

After the city of Vienna ranked dead last in a survey ranking 'local friendliness' according to foreign residents, we asked our readers for their experiences m [...]

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thelocal.at vor 165 Tagen
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thelocal.at vor 165 Tagen
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thelocal.at vor 168 Tagen
Where to find international food in Austria this Christmas

Where to find international food in Austria this Christmas

It’s always good to have a taste of home at Christmas, so here are the go-to places in Austria to find international food.

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thelocal.at vor 172 Tagen
Austria names its sixth chancellor in five years

Austria names its sixth chancellor in five years

Former Interior Minister Karl Nehammer has been named as Austria's new Chancellor, after Alexander Schallenberg quit the top job in a flurry of government resi [...]

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thelocal.at vor 174 Tagen
Austria to open shops on last advent Sunday after lockdown

Austria to open shops on last advent Sunday after lockdown

Shops which have been closed during Austria's lockdown will get a rare chance to open on a Sunday, helping businesses to make up for lost turnover.

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thelocal.at vor 174 Tagen
Applications open for another round of aid for businesses ...
Austria’s Härtefal [...]

Applications open for another round of aid for businesses ... Austria’s Härtefal [...]

Applications open for another round of aid for businesses ... Austria’s Härtefallfond (Hardship Fund) is open for another round of applications for help from b [...]

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thelocal.at vor 175 Tagen
Austrian government reveals first details of mandatory vaccine plans

Austrian government reveals first details of mandatory vaccine plans

Here's what we know about Austria's plans for making Covid-19 vaccination compulsory, after the government held a press conference on Tuesday morning following [...]

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thelocal.at vor 176 Tagen
Everything that changes in Austria in December 2021

Everything that changes in Austria in December 2021

Each month The Local takes a look at the changes Austrian residents need to be aware of. These are the Covid restrictions, travel rules, and 10 other key dates [...]

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thelocal.at vor 177 Tagen
What travellers from Europe need to know about new Covid entry rules in UK

What travellers from Europe need to know about new Covid entry rules in UK

With the worsening Covid-19 situation across Europe and the spread of the new Omicron variant, it's all change again for people travelling to the UK from Europ [...]

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thelocal.at vor 179 Tagen
Austria’s far-right party elects leader ahead of polls

Austria’s far-right party elects leader ahead of polls

Austria's far-right party on Saturday formally elected Norbert Hofer to lead it into national elections later this month.

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thelocal.at vor 179 Tagen
Austria remains deep red in the Covid-19 traffic light system...
Following a mee [...]

Austria remains deep red in the Covid-19 traffic light system... Following a mee [...]

Austria remains deep red in the Covid-19 traffic light system... Following a meeting by Austria’s Coronavirus Commission yesterday, the entire country will rem [...]

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thelocal.at vor 180 Tagen
‘Impfpflicht’: How will Austria’s mandatory vaccination law work in practice?

‘Impfpflicht’: How will Austria’s mandatory vaccination law work in practice?

The Austrian Federal Government has announced mandatory Covid-19 vaccination from February 2022. What will that mean in reality and how will it work?

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thelocal.at vor 181 Tagen
‘An uncomfortable Christmas’: When will Austria’s Covid lockdown end?

‘An uncomfortable Christmas’: When will Austria’s Covid lockdown end?

Whether you live in Austria or are hoping to visit this winter, this is a pressing question.

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thelocal.at vor 181 Tagen
Electricity will cost more next year in Vienna, Upper Austria and Burgenland...
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Electricity will cost more next year in Vienna, Upper Austria and Burgenland... [...]

Electricity will cost more next year in Vienna, Upper Austria and Burgenland... Starting from January 1st, an average household with annual electricity consump [...]

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thelocal.at vor 82 Tagen
How reliant is Austria on Russia for energy?

How reliant is Austria on Russia for energy?

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters the second week and economic sanctions take hold, The Local takes a closer look at how much Austria relies on Russia for [...]

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thelocal.at vor 83 Tagen
Is it better to buy or to rent property in Austria?

Is it better to buy or to rent property in Austria?

Moving house or considering an upgrade? Is it better to buy or to rent in Austria - and in which parts of the country does either option make the most sense?

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thelocal.at vor 85 Tagen
It’s not all about the studying – how to make the most of your international education

It’s not all about the studying – how to make the most of your international education

Pursuing an education in a country other than your own not only offers you the possibility of studying at some of the best universities in the world but also p [...]

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thelocal.at vor 85 Tagen
EU warns bloc nations to brace for millions of Ukraine refugees

EU warns bloc nations to brace for millions of Ukraine refugees

As Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues, the EU's executive warned on Sunday that Europe should be prepared for its biggest humanitarian crisis in years.

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thelocal.at vor 86 Tagen
What you need to know about carnival in Austria

What you need to know about carnival in Austria

Also known as 'Fasching', carnival in Austria is celebrated with events, parades and some very special food. Here's what you need to know about the festivities [...]

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thelocal.at vor 86 Tagen
Austria announces it will issue one-off cost of living payments

Austria announces it will issue one-off cost of living payments

Austria has announced it will issue one-off payments aimed at offsetting rising inflation costs in the country.

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thelocal.at vor 86 Tagen
Homepage section – Austria - The Local Austria

Homepage section – Austria - The Local Austria

In-depth articles to help you understand Austria and life in the country.... Leaders around the world, including in Austria, condemned the Russian invasion of [...]

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen
How to save money on fuel costs in Austria

How to save money on fuel costs in Austria

With reports that the price of fuel is reaching record highs, many motorists in Austria will be wondering how to cut down on costs - here’s how.

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen
Renting in Austria: When can my landlord increase the rent, and by how much?

Renting in Austria: When can my landlord increase the rent, and by how much?

Austria has a closely regulated and therefore relatively affordable rental market, but in recent years rents have risen, sometimes sharply. This is partly due [...]

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen

Austrian citizenship - The Local Austria

News, information and practical advice about Austrian citizenship.... A good knowledge of German is a pre-requisite for residency and citizenship - but how goo [...]

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thelocal.at vor 105 Tagen
What The Local’s new design means for you

What The Local’s new design means for you

You may have noticed that The Local looks quite different today. Here’s how our new design makes it easier to get around the site.

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thelocal.at vor 106 Tagen

Reader questions - The Local Austria

As British nationals face new rules on moving to EU and Schengen countries, readers are asking if already having residency in one EU member state allows them t [...]

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thelocal.at vor 106 Tagen
Membership at The Local

Membership at The Local

Membership is more than just the news. It’s also:... Become a member

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thelocal.at vor 106 Tagen
Austria’s vaccine mandate: What you need to know if you have a non EMA-approved vaccine

Austria’s vaccine mandate: What you need to know if you have a non EMA-approved vaccine

Austria's vaccine mandate came into force on February 5th, but some of the finer points of the regulation are still being worked out, including what applies to [...]

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thelocal.at vor 109 Tagen
‘Fake cop’ scam warning in Austria

‘Fake cop’ scam warning in Austria

Police report fake cop calls in an attempt to con people out of money have taken place in Styria, Upper Austria Tyrol and Vienna.

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thelocal.at vor 115 Tagen
Austria to relax Covid rules for shopping, restaurants

Austria to relax Covid rules for shopping, restaurants

The Austrian government announced on Saturday that it would end the “2G” entry rules for retail and restaurants while allowing businesses to stay open until mi [...]

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thelocal.at vor 122 Tagen
Omicron ‘sub-variant’ throws up new virus questions

Omicron ‘sub-variant’ throws up new virus questions

Scientists are keeping a close watch on a recently-discovered sub-variant of the Omicron version of the Covid-19 virus to determine how its emergence could eff [...]

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thelocal.at vor 125 Tagen
Austria reaches ‘shockingly high’ new record for Covid-19 cases

Austria reaches ‘shockingly high’ new record for Covid-19 cases

Austria has likely recorded more than 30,000 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday, a record-breaking figure which the Chancellor calle [...]

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thelocal.at vor 131 Tagen
No grace period for Brexit residency permits in Austria

No grace period for Brexit residency permits in Austria

The New Year’s Eve 2021 deadline for applications for the Article 50 Card has now passed and the Ministry of the Interior has confirmed there will not be an ex [...]

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thelocal.at vor 131 Tagen
30,000 daily Covid infections expected next week after all-time high...
Austria  [...]

30,000 daily Covid infections expected next week after all-time high... Austria [...]

30,000 daily Covid infections expected next week after all-time high... Austria reached a record-breaking 17,000 new cases of Covid-19 recorded on Wednesday, i [...]

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thelocal.at vor 136 Tagen
Explained: How to understand your payslip in Austria

Explained: How to understand your payslip in Austria

If you're employed in Austria, your monthly payslip is a very important document, but it's all too easy to ignore the paperwork and just appreciate the money t [...]

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thelocal.at vor 139 Tagen
Fake vaccine passes: Austria carries out nationwide house raids

Fake vaccine passes: Austria carries out nationwide house raids

More than 20 homes across Austria were raided by police on Wednesday over suspected forgery of vaccine certificates.

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thelocal.at vor 145 Tagen
Austria extends lockdown for unvaccinated until January 10th

Austria extends lockdown for unvaccinated until January 10th

Austria’s stay-at-home order for unvaccinated people has been extended until January 10th, although an exception for New Years eve has been included.

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thelocal.at vor 153 Tagen
Which parts of Austria will have a white Christmas this year?

Which parts of Austria will have a white Christmas this year?

Even though Austria is known for cold winters, a white Christmas is not as common as you might think. Here are the odds for a snow-filled festive season in Aus [...]

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thelocal.at vor 155 Tagen
Austria’s travel rules change from today...
A significant change to Austria’s tr [...]

Austria’s travel rules change from today... A significant change to Austria’s tr [...]

Austria’s travel rules change from today... A significant change to Austria’s travel rules was announced on Friday evening, prompted by the global spread of th [...]

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thelocal.at vor 158 Tagen
Five Austrian regions ease Covid restrictions ahead of Christmas

Five Austrian regions ease Covid restrictions ahead of Christmas

Upper Austria ends its regional lockdown today, while four other regions see the re-opening of restaurants, hotels and cafes.

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thelocal.at vor 160 Tagen
Mental health: what should you do if you feel low while working abroad?

Mental health: what should you do if you feel low while working abroad?

Mental health has been in the global spotlight in 2021, from attempts to understand the wider impact of the pandemic to sporting superstars withdrawing from pr [...]

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thelocal.at vor 162 Tagen
Austria tightens Covid quarantine rules due to Omicron spread

Austria tightens Covid quarantine rules due to Omicron spread

Austria has significantly tightened its rules around quarantine after coming into contact with a Covid-19 positive person, in response to data showing the new [...]

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thelocal.at vor 165 Tagen
Corporate membership

Corporate membership

Looking for a way to keep your employees, students or members up-to-date with the latest news from The Local? Consider our multi-seat, corporate membership.... [...]

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thelocal.at vor 166 Tagen
The road out of lockdown...
On Wednesday afternoon, the government announced whi [...]

The road out of lockdown... On Wednesday afternoon, the government announced whi [...]

The road out of lockdown... On Wednesday afternoon, the government announced which measures will apply nationwide after the final day of the general lockdown o [...]

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thelocal.at vor 168 Tagen
Austria’s nationwide lockdown to end this weekend

Austria’s nationwide lockdown to end this weekend

It's official: Chancellor Karl Nehammer has confirmed that the last day of Austria's general lockdown will be December 11th, though it will continue for anyone [...]

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thelocal.at vor 174 Tagen
Have your say: Is Vienna really the world’s least friendly city for foreigners?

Have your say: Is Vienna really the world’s least friendly city for foreigners?

After a recent survey ranked Vienna as one of the hardest places for foreign residents to get settled, and the very worst for local friendliness, we want to he [...]

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thelocal.at vor 174 Tagen
It requires a special range of skills and traits to steer a multinational compan [...]

It requires a special range of skills and traits to steer a multinational compan [...]

It requires a special range of skills and traits to steer a multinational company to success. But you don't have to be a CEO to be a leader. If you're followin [...]

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thelocal.at vor 175 Tagen
Austria’s essential shops to close at 7pm during lockdown

Austria’s essential shops to close at 7pm during lockdown

During the second half of Austria's 20-day lockdown, essential businesses will close early at 7pm, the government confirmed on Monday.

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thelocal.at vor 176 Tagen
More protests over Covid restrictions this weekend...
Demonstrators gathered in  [...]

More protests over Covid restrictions this weekend... Demonstrators gathered in [...]

More protests over Covid restrictions this weekend... Demonstrators gathered in their thousands in several Austrian cities to protest the country’s restrictive [...]

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thelocal.at vor 177 Tagen
Omicron variant poses ‘high to very high’ risk to Europe: EU health agency

Omicron variant poses ‘high to very high’ risk to Europe: EU health agency

The new Covid variant, dubbed Omicron and originally detected in South Africa, poses a

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thelocal.at vor 179 Tagen
Registered partnerships: What are the rules in Austria?

Registered partnerships: What are the rules in Austria?

A registered partnership is an alternative option for couples that don’t want to get married but do want their union to be legally recognised. How does it work [...]

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thelocal.at vor 180 Tagen
EU approves first Covid jab for children aged 5 to 11

EU approves first Covid jab for children aged 5 to 11

The EU's drug agency cleared Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for use in children aged five to 11 on Thursday, the first jab to be approved in a cohort where the viru [...]

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thelocal.at vor 180 Tagen
‘My opinion of Austria has changed’: How foreign residents feel about the pandemic response

‘My opinion of Austria has changed’: How foreign residents feel about the pandemic response

There's no doubt the Austrian government's handling of the pandemic has divided foreign residents, as a recent survey by The Local shows.

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thelocal.at vor 181 Tagen
Why is German-speaking Europe lagging on Covid vaccines?

Why is German-speaking Europe lagging on Covid vaccines?

From the legacy of Nazi policies to a widespread belief in alternative medicine, German-speaking Europe has made itself vulnerable to the emotion-laden appeals [...]

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thelocal.at vor 82 Tagen
Health Minister to be replaced, according to reports...
The Krone newspaper clai [...]

Health Minister to be replaced, according to reports... The Krone newspaper clai [...]

Health Minister to be replaced, according to reports... The Krone newspaper claims that Austria’s Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein is to be replaced. It says [...]

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EU countries agree to lift visa rules for Ukrainians fleeing war

EU countries agree to lift visa rules for Ukrainians fleeing war

EU countries have agreed to grant Ukrainians fleeing the war immediate leave to stay in the Bloc without a visa for one year, which can be extended if necessar [...]

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The best commuter towns if you work in Vienna

The best commuter towns if you work in Vienna

Working in Vienna doesn’t mean you have to live in Austria’s capital city. Instead, finding a home in a commuter town could be a convenient alternative.

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thelocal.at vor 83 Tagen
Austria-based Russian bank declared insolvent due to sanctions

Austria-based Russian bank declared insolvent due to sanctions

The Austria-based European subsidiary of Russia's Sberbank will be wound up after coming under pressure from Western sanctions levelled against the bank in res [...]

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thelocal.at vor 83 Tagen
Everything you need to know about Austria’s world-class drinking water

Everything you need to know about Austria’s world-class drinking water

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thelocal.at vor 83 Tagen
Covid-19: Vienna confirms masks and 2G to apply ‘until April’

Covid-19: Vienna confirms masks and 2G to apply ‘until April’

On Tuesday, Vienna's Mayor Michael Ludwig announced stricter Covid-19 rules will remain in place in the capital as the rest of the country prepares to relax re [...]

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thelocal.at vor 85 Tagen
OPINION: This is Russia’s war, but we Europeans need to learn fast from our mistakes

OPINION: This is Russia’s war, but we Europeans need to learn fast from our mistakes

For those of us living in Europe now, this is a scary and dangerous time, writes The Local's James Savage. The threat from Russia leaves European leaders with [...]

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thelocal.at vor 85 Tagen
EXPLAINED: Who are MFG – Austria’s vaccine-sceptic party?

EXPLAINED: Who are MFG – Austria’s vaccine-sceptic party?

Austria's MFG, formed in protest of Covid measures, won seats in 47 of 50 seats in Tyrol on Sunday. Here's what you need to know.

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Eurovision bans Russia from song contest over invasion of Ukraine

Eurovision bans Russia from song contest over invasion of Ukraine

Russian acts will not be allowed to compete in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union has announced.

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thelocal.at vor 86 Tagen
EXPLAINED: Where in Europe can non-EU foreigners vote in local elections?

EXPLAINED: Where in Europe can non-EU foreigners vote in local elections?

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thelocal.at vor 86 Tagen

What changes in Austria - The Local Austria

Regular updates on important changes to laws, rules, recommendations, prices and anything else that might affect your life in Austria.... From Covid restrictio [...]

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How descendants of victims of Nazism can apply for Austrian citizenship

How descendants of victims of Nazism can apply for Austrian citizenship

In Austria, there are few exceptions that allow dual citizenship, but a special law for the victims and descendants of national socialism is one of them.

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen
Why traditional German names are often used as insults

Why traditional German names are often used as insults

An interesting quirk of colloquial German is that many insults base themselves around names. Could this explain why some traditional names have gone out of fas [...]

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen
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If you live abroad or frequently cross borders, staying on top of everything in your personal and working life can be challenging. But in today’s world, there [...]

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thelocal.at vor 92 Tagen

German language - The Local Austria

Daily news from Austria written in English by native English-speaking journalists. An entertaining blend of Austria's latest news headlines, politics, sport, b [...]

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Latest articles about food, drink, and food culture in Austria.... Austria on Monday became the latest European country to confirm that it has found the insect [...]

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Covid-19 tests - The Local Austria

All the latest news and practical advice about Covid-19 testing in Austria.... From mandatory PCR tests for returning travellers to new requirements for ID car [...]

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Website Membership Special

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The Local - Austria’s news in English

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thelocal.at vor 108 Tagen
Austria Covid-19 ‘gargle’ tests in expansion drive

Austria Covid-19 ‘gargle’ tests in expansion drive

Throughout the day, vans loaded with bags full of Covid PCR test kits arrive at a Vienna laboratory, currently analysing an average of 370,000 tests per day.

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thelocal.at vor 109 Tagen
Explained: The rules for winter holidays in Austria in February

Explained: The rules for winter holidays in Austria in February

Half term holidays are coming, and for Austria that means the winter tourism season will be in full swing.

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thelocal.at vor 116 Tagen
How many Britons in EU acquired post-Brexit residency and how many were refused?

How many Britons in EU acquired post-Brexit residency and how many were refused?

New figures have been released revealing how many Britons living in the EU have acquired post Brexit residency permits, and how many were refused the status.

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thelocal.at vor 122 Tagen
How long do non-EU citizens have to be present in EU to avoid losing residency status?

How long do non-EU citizens have to be present in EU to avoid losing residency status?

How long do non-EU citizens have to be present in the European Union to make sure they don’t lose the status of long-term resident? For the first time the Cour [...]

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thelocal.at vor 125 Tagen
Reader question: Do I have to repaint the walls when I leave a rental in Austria?

Reader question: Do I have to repaint the walls when I leave a rental in Austria?

The short answer is usually no, but this is an issue that frequently comes up for tenants in Austria. We explain the laws and rights that apply.

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thelocal.at vor 131 Tagen
Covid-19 rules: Tyrol expands outdoor mask requirement

Covid-19 rules: Tyrol expands outdoor mask requirement

In addition to the existing nationwide FFP2 mask requirement, masks must now be worn outside on busy streets in some Tyrolean towns.

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thelocal.at vor 133 Tagen
Austria’s new rules for Covid-19 quarantine and close contacts

Austria’s new rules for Covid-19 quarantine and close contacts

If you've received a positive Covid-19 test or found out that a family member or close contact tested positive, here are the things you need to do.

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thelocal.at vor 137 Tagen
New Covid rules: Shorter quarantines, wider FFP2 mandate, and 2G checks in shops [...]

New Covid rules: Shorter quarantines, wider FFP2 mandate, and 2G checks in shops [...]

New Covid rules: Shorter quarantines, wider FFP2 mandate, and 2G checks in shops... The following measures were announced on Thursday following a meeting of Au [...]

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thelocal.at vor 139 Tagen
UK government relaxes Covid testing rules for arrivals from Europe

UK government relaxes Covid testing rules for arrivals from Europe

People travelling to England will face a less strict Covid testing regime from Friday, the British government has announced.

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thelocal.at vor 147 Tagen
UPDATED: What are the rules for entering Austria right now?

UPDATED: What are the rules for entering Austria right now?

Visiting Austria or thinking about doing so? Here’s what you need to know.

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thelocal.at vor 155 Tagen
Stricter travel rules come into force in Austria

Stricter travel rules come into force in Austria

As of Monday, December 20th, the rules on which documents are needed to enter Austria are changing.

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thelocal.at vor 155 Tagen

The world’s most powerful languages: which one will you learn in 2022?

Speaking languages opens doors for you – to international jobs, to meeting new people and to greater understanding of the world. But which languages will set y [...]

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thelocal.at vor 158 Tagen
Austria announces new Covid rules for Christmas and New Year

Austria announces new Covid rules for Christmas and New Year

Unvaccinated people will be granted an exception to lockdown over Christmas and New Year, while the 11pm early closing time will be lifted on New Year's Eve, t [...]

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thelocal.at vor 160 Tagen
Austria to recommend booster shot to over-12s...
Health Minister Wolfgang Mückst [...]

Austria to recommend booster shot to over-12s... Health Minister Wolfgang Mückst [...]

Austria to recommend booster shot to over-12s... Health Minister Wolfgang Mückstein made this announcement at a press conference on the new Omicron variant of [...]

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thelocal.at vor 165 Tagen
Applications open for companies to apply for support for lost lockdown revenue.. [...]

Applications open for companies to apply for support for lost lockdown revenue.. [...]

Applications open for companies to apply for support for lost lockdown revenue... If your company’s revenue fell as a result of Austria’s fourth lockdown, you [...]

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thelocal.at vor 165 Tagen
German word of the day: Gell

German word of the day: Gell

If you’re planning on heading to south Germany, Austria, or Switzerland, you’ll be certain to hear today’s word of the day in almost every conversation.

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thelocal.at vor 165 Tagen
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thelocal.at vor 166 Tagen
Austria hit by record snowfall – and there’s more to come

Austria hit by record snowfall – and there’s more to come

Snow levels nationwide are at an almost ten-year high, with parts of Carinthia affected by power outages and up to 30 centimeters of snow in Burgenland as well [...]

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thelocal.at vor 169 Tagen
Happy St Nicholas Day!...
December 6th is St Nicholas Day in Austria and althoug [...]

Happy St Nicholas Day!... December 6th is St Nicholas Day in Austria and althoug [...]

Happy St Nicholas Day!... December 6th is St Nicholas Day in Austria and although it’s not a public holiday, it’s an important day in the run-up to Christmas, [...]

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thelocal.at vor 174 Tagen
Vienna ranked top for quality of life… but worst for making friends

Vienna ranked top for quality of life… but worst for making friends

Vienna regularly tops global surveys for quality of life, but a new ranking based on what foreign residents think of their cities reveals it as one of the hard [...]

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thelocal.at vor 174 Tagen
International careers: six leadership lessons from six top CEOs

International careers: six leadership lessons from six top CEOs

As the third decade of the 21st century progresses, it requires a special range of skills and traits to steer a multinational company to success.

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thelocal.at vor 175 Tagen
Altbau vs Neubau: What’s the difference and which should I rent in Austria?

Altbau vs Neubau: What’s the difference and which should I rent in Austria?

It's more than just a question of their age and style; the type of building you live in in Austria can affect everything from your heating costs to your rental [...]

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thelocal.at vor 175 Tagen
Supermarkets and shops to close at 7pm...
Starting from Thursday, Austria will e [...]

Supermarkets and shops to close at 7pm... Starting from Thursday, Austria will e [...]

Supermarkets and shops to close at 7pm... Starting from Thursday, Austria will enter the second half of its nationwide lockdown.

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thelocal.at vor 177 Tagen
Tens of thousands protest Austria compulsory vaccination

Tens of thousands protest Austria compulsory vaccination

Tens of thousands of Austrians rallied this weekend to protest against the government's introduction of compulsory vaccination -- the first EU country to do so [...]

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thelocal.at vor 179 Tagen
Is the lockdown boosting Austria’s sluggish vaccination rate?

Is the lockdown boosting Austria’s sluggish vaccination rate?

Austria's low vaccination rate has been partly blamed for the Autumn serge in infections but is the lockdown an threat of mandatory jabs having any impact?

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thelocal.at vor 179 Tagen
Austria bans flights from South Africa over new Covid-19 variant

Austria bans flights from South Africa over new Covid-19 variant

A new Covid-19 variant detected in southern Africa is causing international concern and prompted Austria to ban flights from South Africa on Friday.

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thelocal.at vor 180 Tagen
Austrian prosecutors rule no criminal charges over Ischgl Covid-19 outbreak

Austrian prosecutors rule no criminal charges over Ischgl Covid-19 outbreak

In spring 2020, Ischgl famously became a hotspot for Covid-19 infections. Following an investigation into the outbreak, Austrian prosecutors say that no one wi [...]

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thelocal.at vor 180 Tagen
Experts don’t expect the current lockdown to end soon...
Despite Austria reachin [...]

Experts don’t expect the current lockdown to end soon... Despite Austria reachin [...]

Experts don’t expect the current lockdown to end soon... Despite Austria reaching 70 percent of the population having had their first dose of the Covid-19 vacc [...]

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thelocal.at vor 181 Tagen
IN PICTURES: Life in Vienna under new Austrian lockdown

IN PICTURES: Life in Vienna under new Austrian lockdown

Vienna is one of Europe's most beautiful spots during the festive season, but in 2021 once again things look a little different. Take a virtual walk through it [...]

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thelocal.at vor 182 Tagen
Is it possible to travel to Austria during the new Covid lockdown?

Is it possible to travel to Austria during the new Covid lockdown?

With most businesses closed in Austria until at least December 13th, it's safe to say it's not a good time to travel if your journey is non-essential.

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