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Challenges of expat life: Making new friends

Challenges of expat life: Making new friends

Expats, who are globally mobile and move every few years, often have to make new friends with each move. Helen Rudinsky writes that making new friends can be a challenge, especially for children, shy people, or individuals with limited social skills. READ  

Five Viennese 'twin attractions'
Hermesvilla. Photo: Vienna Unwrapped

Five Viennese 'twin attractions'

Once you have ticked off Vienna’s most popular attractions on your sightseeing list, it's time to explore the ‘second tier’. The city is packed with little-known insider gems that have been overshadowed by the bigger tourist magnets - but offer a similar experience, without the crowds. READ  

Will climate change give us the blues?
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Will climate change give us the blues?

Climate change is predicted to intrude into almost every area of life - from where we live, to what we eat and whom we war with. Now music can be added to the list. READ  

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'We believe children have unlimited potential'
Margarita Randl with her son.

'We believe children have unlimited potential'

Margarita Randl is the manager of Vienna's first Gymboree Play & Music Center. She spoke to The Local about the challenges of setting up a new business and what she loves about life in the capital. READ  

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Why denial is your worst enemy

Why denial is your worst enemy

Vienna-based Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky looks at how to recognise if you're in denial, and what to do to break out of it. READ  

 'World's most beautiful boulevard' turns 150
Part of the Ringstrasse, with the parliament building. Photo: APA/Neubauer

'World's most beautiful boulevard' turns 150

In 1857, bushy-whiskered Emperor Franz Joseph proclaimed that his rapidly growing imperial capital Vienna needed a radical makeover befitting Austro-Hungary's wealth, might and technological prowess. READ  

Austrian economy
Why Jörg Haider haunts Austria's finances
Photo: APA/HANS KLAUS TECHT

Why Jörg Haider haunts Austria's finances

Jörg Haider may be long dead, but the colourful far-right politician who praised Hitler's "orderly" employment policies is coming back to haunt Austria's public finances, potentially with wider reverberations throughout the eurozone. READ  

Expat Profile
Multicultural couples 'bring best of both worlds'
Photo: Wendy Williams

Multicultural couples 'bring best of both worlds'

Canadian Wendy Williams is the author of a book called The Globalisation of Love. She spoke to The Local about life in Vienna and why 'expat' is a misleading term for multicultural couples. READ  

Retired judge acquitted in Kampusch case
Retired judge Johann Rzeszut. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Retired judge acquitted in Kampusch case

Exclusive: Investigative journalist Flemming Emil Hansen delves into the legal morass that surrounded the 'botched' handling of the investigation of the abduction and escape of Natascha Kampusch, with the acquittal this week of a former supreme court president on charges of perjury. READ  

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How to avoid saying things you'll later regret

How to avoid saying things you'll later regret

Vienna-based Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky looks at how to avoid saying things you'll later regret which can harm your relationships. READ  

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Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Austria

Austria is one of Europe’s smaller countries, but also one of the richest and most stable in the EU, with low unemployment. Austrians are known for their love of gemütlichkeit - a word encompassing coziness, security and friendliness - and this can mean some baffling conversations for those new to doing business with Austrians. READ  

Background on the OSCE and Ukraine
OSCE's Headquarters in Vienna at the Hofburg. Photo: Wikimedia

Background on the OSCE and Ukraine

The OSCE, which has been tasked with monitoring a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, has emerged as a key player in the region over the past year, mediating between government leaders and rebels towards a peaceful solution. READ  

The Local List

Ten very peculiar Austrian superstitions

Austria is home to some weird and wonderful superstitions, with some of them still practised today. Ahead of that traditionally inauspicious date - Friday 13th - we explain ten of the most common Austrian superstitions. READ  

My Austrian Career
Life in Austria is 'great songwriting material'
Photo: Hugo Van Doorn

Life in Austria is 'great songwriting material'

Tall William, also known as William Campbell, is a British singer-songwriter who's based in Vienna. By day he works as a press officer and graphic designer, but his experience as a musician inspired him to create a new tool for Vienna's alternative music community, to help locate gig venues and practise spaces. READ  

The Local List

Nine things to know before dating an Austrian

A recent article on The Local noted the fact that almost one third of Austrians are single, and seemed to hit a nerve amongst our expat readers, with many writing in to tell us about their experience of relationships with Austrian men and woman - both good and bad. Here's a list of nine things to know before dating an Austrian. READ  

 
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