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Homeless become city tour guides
Photo: Faruk Pinjo

Homeless become city tour guides
January 11, 2016

A new startup in Vienna aims to help homeless people by creating guided tours of the city from their perspective.

500 police to patrol Vienna for New Year
New Year's Eve celebrations in Vienna. Photo: wien.info

500 police to patrol Vienna for New Year
December 31, 2015

Security in Vienna will be high as residents and visitors gather to celebrate New Year’s Eve, after police received a warning last week of possible terror attacks during the holiday season.

Insects to be served at Ball of Sciences
One of the carniverous table settings. Photo: David Bohmann - PID

Insects to be served at Ball of Sciences
December 21, 2015

The Vienna Ball of Sciences - a relatively new fixture on Vienna’s ball scene in January - will be serving up plates of protein-rich mealworms and grasshoppers to its guests, alongside the usual fare of sausages and canapés.

Crystal heiress in court over charity donations
Fiona Swarovski. File photo: APA

Crystal heiress in court over charity donations
December 16, 2015

Animal loving crystal heiress Fiona Swarovski is in court over allegations she kept money donated for an animal welfare charity.

Every fourth Vienna cafe 'forced to close'
Vienna's Café Bräunerhof. Photo: Andreas Praefcke/Wikipedia

Every fourth Vienna cafe 'forced to close'
December 14, 2015

Vienna is famous for its coffee house culture, which has even been recognised by Unesco as part of Austria’s cultural heritage, but many of its cafes are struggling to survive.

Shops hope to cash in on public holiday
File photo: APA

Shops hope to cash in on public holiday
December 07, 2015

Despite Austria’s Catholic public holiday on Tuesday, celebrating the Immaculate Conception (Mariä Empfängnis), the majority of shops are expected to stay open for what could be one of the busiest shopping days in the run up to Christmas.

Kurz slams single sex courses for refugees
Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz. Photo: ÖVP

Kurz slams single sex courses for refugees
December 03, 2015

Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz has criticised the fact that some courses for refugees at the AMS employment service have been designed so that men and women can attend them separately.

'Willkommenskultur' is Austrian word of the year
Austrian-German dictionary. Photo: Andersreisen.net

'Willkommenskultur' is Austrian word of the year
December 03, 2015

A word which has often been used when talking about the refugee crisis in Europe has been voted the Austrian word of the year - ‘Willkommenskultur’ (culture of welcome).

Help Me, Helen
How to enjoy Christmas and avoid burn out
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How to enjoy Christmas and avoid burn out
November 30, 2015

With most of the Christkindlmarkts already open in Vienna, it's time to start thinking about Christmas, if you haven't already. Marriage and Family Therapist Helen Rudinsky has advice on how to survive the festive season.

Children of same-sex couples protest marriage laws
A poster from the Ehe Gleich campaign. Photo: Initiative Ehe Gleich

Children of same-sex couples protest marriage laws
November 27, 2015

Five Austrian children of same-sex parents are taking the government to court over Austria’s marriage laws, which don’t allow gay couples to marry.

Sharia law ‘exists in Austria and Germany’
Sabatina James. Photo: Torsten Lapp

Sharia law ‘exists in Austria and Germany’
November 26, 2015

A Pakistani-Austrian author who converted from Islam to Catholicism has said that Muslims who refuse to integrate should not be able to live in Europe, and that Sharia law is being openly practised in Austria and Germany.

Austrian population to grow by 60,000 a year
Austrian flag.

Austrian population to grow by 60,000 a year
November 24, 2015

Austria’s population is set to grow by 60,000 people a year mainly due to immigration, according to a new report by Statistik Austria.

Pamela Anderson lights up Vienna
Cathy Lugner with Pamela Anderson. Photo: Lugner City

Pamela Anderson lights up Vienna
November 14, 2015

Canadian model and actor Pamela Anderson made a flying visit to Vienna on Friday, to illuminate the Christmas decorations in the Lugner City shopping mall.

Travel the world at the UNWG Festival Bazaar
Photo: UNWG

Travel the world at the UNWG Festival Bazaar
November 12, 2015

An annual highlight in Vienna’s social calendar in the run-up to Christmas is the United Nations Women’s Guild (UNWG) International Festival Bazaar. The Local caught up with UNWG President Diana Oyugi to find out more about the charity event.

Refugee crisis
Germany limits refugee access from Austria
Refugees on the Innbrücke bridge at the German-Austrian border at Simbach am Inn, southern Germany. Photo: DPA

Germany limits refugee access from Austria
October 31, 2015

Germany said on Friday that asylum seekers would only be able to enter the country at five points along its border with Austria to better control a mass influx.

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