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Tax reform top of new finance minister's list
Schelling (L), with ÖVP head Mitterlehner (C), and the Secretary of State for Science and Business Mahrer. Photo: APA/Rubra

Tax reform top of new finance minister's list

Hans Jörg Schelling of the conservative People's Party (ÖVP), is Austria’s new finance minister. He was formerly the head of the umbrella organization of health insurances (Hauptverband). READ  

14,000 Slovenians work in Austria
Lake Bled in Slovenia. Photo: Canadianhockey91/Wikimedia

14,000 Slovenians work in Austria

According to a report from the Slovenia Times, more than 14,000 Slovenians regularly work in Austria, with around half commuting daily across the border. READ  

Austria bans cage beds in psychiatric hospitals
A cage bed in an Austrian hospital. Photo: APA (HERBERT PFARRHOFER)

Austria bans cage beds in psychiatric hospitals

Austria’s Health Ministry has announced a ban on the use of cage beds in psychiatric hospitals and social care institutions, from July 1st, 2015. READ  

15-year-old girl dies from 'drug cocktail'
Photo: APA (dpa)

15-year-old girl dies from 'drug cocktail'

A 15-year-old schoolgirl died early on Saturday morning after partying with two older men, who plied her with a cocktail of powerful drugs. READ  

Family die in tragic well shaft accident
The entrance to the well shaft. Photo: APA/ORF/GERNOT ROHRHOFER

Family die in tragic well shaft accident

Three people have died after becoming trapped in a well shaft in Schönbach, Lower Austria - where they are believed to have been poisoned by carbon monoxide gas. READ  

Naked teen hammered on roof
Photo: APA/GEORG HOCHMUTH

Naked teen hammered on roof

A women received a rude awakening on Saturday night when she saw through her skylight a naked man hammering with a broom, attempting to gain access to her home. READ  

Vienna heating costs jump by nine percent
Photo: Wien Energie/Hofer

Vienna heating costs jump by nine percent

The centralized heating system which heats a majority of Vienna's homes increased its prices from September 1st by nine percent, meaning a typical increase of €5 per month for the average home. READ  

Dormouse found in pack of toilet paper
The dormouse seemed quite comfortable. Photo: Patrik Lechner/Einsatzdoku.at

Dormouse found in pack of toilet paper

A young man from Lower Austria was shocked to discover a dormouse nesting inside a sealed packet of toilet paper that he had bought in a supermarket. READ  

Salzburg pot grower betrayed by smell
Growbox found in an apartment in Salzburg's Aigen district. Photo: Salzburg Police

Salzburg pot grower betrayed by smell

A 29-year-old man is under arrest today after police raided his Salzburg apartment, and found 14 cannabis plants under cultivation, as well as a small amount resting on a coffee table. READ  

Greens launch cannabis legalization tour
Photo: Young Greens

Greens launch cannabis legalization tour

Austria's Green party's youth wing has launched an initiative to drum up support for legalization of cannabis, by commencing a tour around the country promoting the benefits of smoking or otherwise ingesting the currently-banned natural substance. READ  

Features
Austrian of the week
Spindelegger: Defeated by tax reform
Michael Spindelegger. Photo: APA/Schlager

Spindelegger: Defeated by tax reform

Former Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger resigned on Tuesday after eight months in the role, over differences within the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) over how to overhaul Austria's tax system and reduce its debt. What will his legacy be? READ  

My Austrian Career
'You're just trying to get a sentence out'
Kate Gaines with Mozart.

'You're just trying to get a sentence out'

Kate Gaines is a 35-year-old clarinettist and music teacher from Kentucky, USA, who has been teaching at the Danube International School in Vienna for three years. She spoke to The Local about the challenges and joys of working abroad. READ  

Happiness 'about making right choices'
Happiness is... Photo: APA

Happiness 'about making right choices'

Can happiness be learned? And can you measure how happy certain people are? An international conference in Innsbruck is looking at these questions. READ  

JobTalk Austria
Six golden rules for the Austrian job hunt
Looking for jobs. File photo: APA

Six golden rules for the Austrian job hunt

So you're looking for a job in Austria, but you don't know where to start. Well don't fret, we've talked to a career expert who explains how to get ahead in the job game. READ  

Why beggars are a problem for Vienna's street paper
An Augustin vendor. Photo: APA/Fohringer

Why beggars are a problem for Vienna's street paper

Have you ever been asked to buy an Augustin paper at one of Vienna’s train stations, or whilst sitting at a cafe, and wondered about the story of the person trying to sell it to you? Or been annoyed when they wouldn’t take no for an answer? READ  

From our other editions:
Swiss pick Swedes as ideal neighbours
Two-thirds of the Swiss surveyed would choose Sweden as their neighbour. Photo: Florian Prischl

Swiss pick Swedes as ideal neighbours

Despite launching a campaign to help Chinese people tell the difference between them, it turns out Switzerland and Sweden feel akin after all. Swiss people would rather have the nation of Ikea and ABBA as their neighbour than any other EU country, according to a new survey. READ  

Greens boss films ice challenge with cannabis
Cem Özdemir empties a bucket of water over his head next to a cannabis plant. Photo: Bündnis 90/Die Grünen

Greens boss films ice challenge with cannabis

What looked like just another ALS ice bucket challenge video has become a political statement after the leader of Germany's Green Party Cem Özdemir confirmed he filmed his clip next to a cannabis plant. READ  

Nervous student causes manhunt in Copenhagen
Police responded to the report of a suspicious man aboard a train in Copenhagen. Photo: Claus Bech/Scanpix

Nervous student causes manhunt in Copenhagen

Armed police officers searched throughout the city for a man reported as behaving suspiciously on the train. After finding him it turns out he was "completely clean". READ  

Ice Bucket Challenge
Man hurt as friend swaps ice bucket for plane
"They obviously miscalculated how much water it was," the head of the skydiving company located at the scene of the accident told The Local. File Photo: Pedro Armestre/AFP

Man hurt as friend swaps ice bucket for plane

UPDATED: A Belgian man has been seriously injured after his pilot friend dropped 1,500 litres (396 gallons) of water on him from a fire-fighting plane as part of a failed Ice Bucket Challenge. READ  

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'
A passenger was reportedly forced off an American Airlines plane because he smelled. Photo: Vincent Desjardins/Flickr

Parisian kicked off flight 'because he smelled'

An investigation is underway to see whether American Airlines may be guilty of discrimination after a passenger from Paris claims he was forced off a plane because he smelled. The airline denies the allegation. READ  

Refugees protest against 'monotonous' Italian food
Refugees at a centre in Italy protest against their "pasta and tomato sauce" diet. Photo: Russell James Smith

Refugees protest against 'monotonous' Italian food

A protest held by refugees against “monotonous” Italian food was “excessive”, especially at a time when thousands of Italians go hungry, the president of a police organization told The Local. READ  

Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo
Photo: Group of multiethnic babies Shutterstock

Mohammed is most popular name in Oslo

For the first time in the capital city's history, Mohammed is the most common name for boys and men, said a study on Thursday. READ  

'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years

'Amnesiac' man avoids deportation for ten years

Sweden's Migration Board has asked for help after a foreigner facing deportation claimed he can't remember where he's from. The man has been "stuck" in Sweden for over ten years. READ  

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