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Salzburg city to introduce begging ban

Salzburg city to introduce begging ban

The city of Salzburg has confirmed that it will outlaw begging in many parts of the city centre, as well as in markets and cemeteries. The local government will agree on the terms of the ban by May 20th. READ  

4,000 Austrians drink-drive without a licence
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4,000 Austrians drink-drive without a licence

Around 26,000 motorists lose their license every year in Austria due to drink driving, and 4,000 continued to drive over the limit without a licence according to a report from the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV). READ  

Priest in hot water after Mein Kampf comparison

Priest in hot water after Mein Kampf comparison

A priest in Vorarlberg, in the west of Austria, has been slammed for “gross misconduct” after justifying priestly celibacy by alluding to Hitler’s infamous manifesto Mein Kampf. READ  

Priest quits church to marry secret lover

Priest quits church to marry secret lover

An Austrian priest gave his congregation a surprise during a church service on Easter Monday in Donawitz, Styria, when he announced that he was giving up the priesthood to marry a woman he’d been having a relationship with for years. READ  

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Tax hike brings gnome collectors out in protest

Tax hike brings gnome collectors out in protest

Garden gnome enthusiasts in Austria are up in arms and planning to protest in front of the parliament in Vienna on Friday over the proposed hike in sales tax for ornamental dwarves. READ  

Austria 'must do more for younger generations'

Austria 'must do more for younger generations'

Austria needs to develop a more age group-balanced welfare state by adjusting pension systems to rising life expectancy and investing more in the younger generation, according to an analysis by Pieter Vanhuysse, Professor for Comparative Welfare State Research at the University of Southern Denmark. READ  

Expat Profile
'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  

Teen confesses to gay demo beating
Demonstrators outside Cafe Prückel. Photo: APA/PFARRHOFER

Teen confesses to gay demo beating

A 17-year-old youth has confessed to attacking a demonstrator who was peacefully protesting against homophobia outside Vienna’s Cafe Prückel in January. READ  

Majority of Austrians feel 'good-looking'
No surprise: Women take longer getting ready than men... Photo: dpa/Bildfunk

Majority of Austrians feel 'good-looking'

The majority of Austrians see themselves as “quite good-looking”, according to a survey by Vienna Insurance Group and netdoktor.at. READ  

German student dies after violent assault
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German student dies after violent assault

A 28-year-old German man died in an apartment in Vienna on Wednesday afternoon after being violently attacked - a 33-year-old suspect is now in police custody. 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  

Vienna cafes set to raise price of coffee
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Vienna cafes set to raise price of coffee

Drinking a melange (a coffee with milk foam) in one of Vienna’s traditional cafes could soon become a pricey extravagance, as the strong dollar will make importing coffee more expensive. READ  

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case
Simon Bacher. Photo: Sue Bacher

UN weighs in on 'unjust' disabled access case

The United Nations has asked Austria for an explanation after a British woman complained that her 25-year-old disabled son has been left stranded in their home every time there is bad weather because of bureaucratic red tape. READ  

Poll: Majority fear radicalization of Muslims
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Poll: Majority fear radicalization of Muslims

The majority of Austrians feel that an increasing number of Muslims are becoming radicalized in their country and want to see more police on the streets, according to a new survey from market research company ÖGM. READ  

The Local List
Ten phrases you’ll only hear at work in Austria
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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  

 
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