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Number of foreigners in Vienna up 49 percent
Vienna's markets show how multicultural the city has become. Photo: Gugerell/Wikimedia

Number of foreigners in Vienna up 49 percent

The number of non-Austrians living in Vienna has risen by 49 percent in eight years, recent statistics show. Political parties are now considering not only how to tackle the theme of immigration but also how to appeal to foreign citizens, ahead of local elections in October. READ  

Free tattoos as a stand 'against racism'
Alex Smoltschnik. Photo: El Gato

Free tattoos as a stand 'against racism'

A tattoo artist based in Graz has been giving customers free tattoos - so long as their chosen design has a message of anti-racism and tolerance. READ  

Woman loses arm in wakeboarding accident
Wakeboarding on the Neue Donau. Photo: Wake Up

Woman loses arm in wakeboarding accident

A woman in Vienna lost her right hand and forearm in a tragic accident on the Neue Donau river on Sunday afternoon. READ  

Two Britons killed in mountain road crash
A rescue team examine the wrecked car. Photo: Bergrettung Fusch / Paul Hasenauer

Two Britons killed in mountain road crash

Update: Two British men in their 20s were killed on Friday morning when their car veered off Austria's highest mountain pass during a car rally, police said. READ  

Mystery raccoon falls from Vienna window
Photo: WTV

Mystery raccoon falls from Vienna window

Vienna council workers made an unusual discovery when they found an injured raccoon in the city’s central Landstrasse district, in front of an apartment building. They believe he fell out of one of the apartment windows, or from a balcony. READ  

Lakes reach 'bathtub' temperatures
Not much chance of cooling down in the Klopeiner See. Photo: Jufa

Lakes reach 'bathtub' temperatures

Anyone planning to take a refreshing dip this weekend in one of Austria’s lakes after the scorching heat of the past few days is going to be disappointed - with the water in most lakes now as warm as a bathtub. READ  

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The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Austria
The roof of the Stephansdom. Photo: Unesco/Vincent Ko Hon Chiu

The harshest TripAdvisor comments about Austria

Austria has something to offer every visitor, whether for a winter or summer break. First class ski resorts, cities buzzing with culture, magnificent palaces, beautiful mountains with spectacular hiking, and lakes so clear and clean you can drink from them. But not everyone is convinced of the alpine republic’s charms… READ  

Iran deal
Austrian president announces Iran visit
Heinz Fischer with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Photo: Bundespräsident Dr. Heinz Fischer

Austrian president announces Iran visit

Austrian President Heinz Fischer will in September make the first visit to Iran by a European head of state since 2004, his office said on Thursday. READ  

Vienna's public toilets get a fancy makeover
The forest-themed toilet at Yppenplatz. Photo: Christian Jobst

Vienna's public toilets get a fancy makeover

Vienna regularly tops lists for best quality of life and most liveable cities - now it is aiming to have the best public toilets of any European capital. READ  

Neo-Nazi codes banned from number plates
This one should be OK... Photo: Olav's Plates

Neo-Nazi codes banned from number plates

Austria is banning neo-Nazi codes from personalized car number plates, in an effort to combat the influence of extreme right-wing groups. READ  

Features
The IAEA: The world's eyes and ears in Iran
IAEA headquarters in Vienna. Photo: IAEA

The IAEA: The world's eyes and ears in Iran

The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency will be the "eyes and ears of the international community" in Iran, according to its Japanese Director General Yukiya Amano. READ  

My Austrian Career
'I want people to accept the differences’
Khaled Khoshdel. Photo: Negina Pirzad

'I want people to accept the differences’

A native Afghan who fled his homeland in 1994, Khaled Khoshdel immigrated to Vienna for a better life. He came with optimism and a culture he wanted to share with European people, which led him to open the only Afghan restaurant in Vienna, called Noosh. READ  

Help Me, Helen
Why ‘good fences make good neighbours’
Photo: minimalisti.com

Why ‘good fences make good neighbours’

Do you ever get pressured into doing something you don't want to? Do you sometimes feel used by others? Is it hard for you to say “no”? If so, maybe you need to develop stronger boundaries. Many people do. READ  

My Austrian Career
'Growing up abroad - I feel international'
Mary and her two children. Photo: Private

'Growing up abroad - I feel international'

Mary Röttig was born in Bangladesh and adopted by an Austrian couple as a baby. She grew up in London and lived in New York and Texas before moving to Vienna where she set up a bilingual Montessori-inspired preschool and nursery. READ  

The Local List
Nine spectacular rides in Austria you have to cycle
Photo: Austria.info

Nine spectacular rides in Austria you have to cycle

June 3rd is European Cycling Day and what better time to plan a cycling adventure in Austria? Picturesque riversides and lakes, idyllic villages, historical towns and magnificent mountains are on offer - and taking your bike on the train is no problem. READ  

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Girl, 5, dies after mum leaves her in boiling car
File photo of a lake view in Switzerland's Ticino region.

Girl, 5, dies after mum leaves her in boiling car

A five-year-old girl in the Swiss canton of Ticino has died after her mother left her alone in a boiling hot car, as Switzerland continues to sizzle in a record-breaking heatwave. READ  

'Angela Merkel' stars in lesbian magazine ad
An actress plays Chancellor Angela Merkel in the magazine ad. Screenshot:Twitter.

'Angela Merkel' stars in lesbian magazine ad

Wednesday sees the launch of new magazine "Straight," aimed at gay women across Germany – but the magazine's advert is already causing something of a stir, reports Der Tagesspiegel. READ  

Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements
Integration Minister Inger Støjberg. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements

The government plans to launch an information campaign in foreign newspapers to deter refugees in response to human smugglers publishing comparative information on refugee benefits in EU countries. READ  

Spanish town gives pets equal rights as citizens
Dogs and cats have been recognised as "non-human residents" of the Trigueros del Valle. Photo: AFP

Spanish town gives pets equal rights as citizens

A town in Spain has become the first to recognise dogs and cats as "non-human residents" awarding them equal rights to co-exist alongside their human counterparts. READ  

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France
The ever-splendid Gorges du Verdon. Photo: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho/Flickr

The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France

France opens its doors to over 80 million tourists a year, who enjoy everything from world-class museums to pristine natural wonders. But you can't please them all... READ  

Tornado predicted as Italy heatwave ends
A tornado over the Italian city of Genoa. Photo: Bibipisi74

Tornado predicted as Italy heatwave ends

The hot stuffy weather brought by the hellish heatwave Caronte is set to end this weekend, but meteorologists are warning that it's no cause for celebration. READ  

Queen Sonja comes to aid of Norwegian teens
Queen Sonja. Photo: Lisa Åserud

Queen Sonja comes to aid of Norwegian teens

Two teenagers who came to the aid of an injured girl off the island of Tjøme this week after the girl fell off a boat, were offered assistance by Queen Sonja who was spending her summer holidays at her family’s vacation home nearby. READ  

The Local List
Nine ways to become a truly Swedish man
Have you been on paternity leave? Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/Image Bank Sweden

Nine ways to become a truly Swedish man

You can shop the look at cool Scandinavian fashion stores, or stick around long enough to get your own residency permit. But to really become a Swedish man, The Local reckons you've got to share these nine experiences. READ  

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