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The best words in Austrian German
Which one is the Austrian word for tomato? Photo: APA/dpa

The best words in Austrian German

If you’ve lived in Germany, or you learnt Hochdeutsch at school, you may be surprised by some of the language differences between Austria and parts of Germany. READ  

Austrian of the week
Happy birthday, Arnie
Arnold Schwarzenegger. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia

Happy birthday, Arnie

A group of Austrian 'super fans' and friends of the Austrian Oak gathered in the museum dedicated to his life and career on Wednesday, to celebrate the birthday of Austria's most famous export, Arnold Schwarzenegger. READ  

Vienna is 'the capital of spies'
Emil Bobi. Photo: Ecowin publishers

Vienna is 'the capital of spies'

More than 7,000 secret agents and spies are currently working in Vienna, more than in any other city, according to a new book by Austrian investigative journalist Emil Bobi. READ  

Over 800 police deployed for right-wing march
Police at the right-wing march in May. Photo: APA/Pfarrhofer

Over 800 police deployed for right-wing march

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) has revealed that 878 police officers were deployed at a demonstration organised by a right-wing group called Die Identitaere Bewegung (The Identity Movement) in May. READ  

UN marks first day against human trafficking
Children's choir helps mark the UN day against modern slavery. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

UN marks first day against human trafficking

The United Nations in Vienna is marking the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons with an event at the Vienna International Centre. READ  

Internet Piracy
Austrian ISPs ordered to block The Pirate Bay
Photo: R. Jason Brunson, U.S. Navy/Wikimedia

Austrian ISPs ordered to block The Pirate Bay

Four major Austrian Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been ordered to start blocking three file sharing web sites, including The Pirate Bay. READ  

Topless metro rider rides 'green'
Photo: Matthias Chillkröte‎/Facebook

Topless metro rider rides 'green'

A man was spotted on Vienna's U3 metro underground line traveling with a shopping trolley that contains what looks suspiciously like a small cannabis plant on the weekend. READ  

Conditions for street walkers 'hardly improved'
Sex worker. Photo: APA/Helmut Fohringer

Conditions for street walkers 'hardly improved'

Conditions for prostitutes working on Vienna’s streets have shown little improvement, despite the introduction of the Prostitution Act in November 2011. READ  

Pensioner robbed while distracted by breasts
Detail from "Salome" by Jean Benner, ca. 1899. Photo: Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

Pensioner robbed while distracted by breasts

An 83-year-old pensioner from Knittelfeld was distracted by a 23-year-old Romanian woman who danced topless in front of him, while her associate was stealing cash and jewellery from his apartment. READ  

Mikl-Leitner gives states asylum ultimatum
Traiskirchen asylum seekers centre. Photo: APA/HANS KLAUS TECHT

Mikl-Leitner gives states asylum ultimatum

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) has given an ultimatum to the governors of the five Austrian states that have failed to take in their quota of asylum seekers. READ  

100 years since Austria declared war on Serbia
Serbian infantry at Ada Ciganjila. Photo: Vojska Ada Ciganlija/Wikimedia

100 years since Austria declared war on Serbia

July 28 marks the 100th anniversary of the declaration of war by Austria on its neighbour Serbia. We look back at the start of the crisis that was to shape history. READ  

A carnivore explores vegan Vienna
All Photos: Gareth Smith

A carnivore explores vegan Vienna

Confirmed carnivore and The Local's resident food writer Gaz Smith decides to cross to the dark side, and explores some of Vienna's vegan restaurants. He was pleasantly surprised by what he found. READ  

Robots could take half of jobs in Austria
A robot employee of the future? Photo: APA

Robots could take half of jobs in Austria

More than half of the jobs currently being done in Austria could be taken over by robots in the next 20 years, according to a think-tank. READ  

Lugner and Spatzi prepare for engagement
Richard Lugner and 'Spatzi'. Photo: APA/NEUMAYR/MMV

Lugner and Spatzi prepare for engagement

Final preparations are under way for the engagement party of octogenarian Austrian construction entrepreneur Richard Lugner to Cathy Schmitz, also known as Spatzi on August 1st in Velden, Carinthia. READ  

Allegations of police racism in Tyrol
Police check. Photo: APA

Allegations of police racism in Tyrol

A police officer in Tyrol has raised serious allegations about the conduct of his colleagues, claiming derisive remarks about immigrants, "structural racism", discriminatory treatment of foreigners and "jokes about Turks and Africans" are all part of everyday life. READ  

 
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An American falls in love with Vienna's gelateria
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Treat yourself to an Austrian spa experience
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Austrians love to get nude on the beach
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