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MOVING TO AUSTRIA

23 essential articles to help you navigate life in Austria

Whether you've just moved to Austria or are still in the planning stages, here are some of The Local's most popular and useful articles for navigating life in the Alpine Republic.

23 essential articles to help you navigate life in Austria
Moving to another country can be stressful, but The Local's got you covered. (Photo by Sandro Gonzalez on Unsplash)

Buying or renting in Austria

The property market in Austria has been booming in recent years due to high demand and eye-watering prices.

Want to know the outlook for this year? Here’s a guide about the Austrian property market for 2022.

Like the sound of living in the Alps? The Local’s report on property in the beautiful but expensive Tyrol region might make you think twice before setting your sights on a humble home in the mountains (unless you have a very healthy bank balance).

Then there’s renting, which is affordable and accessible in Austria – especially in the capital, Vienna, with its rent control system. Find out more about how it works here.

To help you get started with a rental property search, here’s a guide to the essential documents needed to rent a home in Austria.

Dealing with bureaucracy

Ask any international resident about bureaucracy and they will no doubt groan in response, such is the extent of bureaucracy in Austria.

One of the most important bureaucratic tasks to be aware of is the Meldebestätigung, otherwise known as the MeldezettelEssentially, it’s a compulsory address registration and everyone that lives in Austria has to do it.

Read The Local’s guide to the Meldebestätigung to find out everything you need to know about the key document.

Planning to stay in Austria on a long-term basis? Here’s how to apply for a residency permit.

Working in Austria

One of the most popular reasons for moving to Austria is to work, so here’s an article detailing six official websites you need to know if you’re planning to work in the country.

Want to boost your chances of finding a job in Austria? Then here’s an overview of the most in-demand occupations right now.

Applying for the Blue Card in 2022? Here’s a breakdown of the salary requirements for Austria.

Thinking of just temporarily working in Austria to get to know the culture? Then perhaps the au-pair program could be an option.

And for any Brits wanting to work in Austria, we have a useful guide about how you can live and work in Austria post-Brexit.

Being self-employed in Austria

It can be lonely working as a freelancer in a new country. To help you get out of the house, here’s our guide to the best co-working spaces in Austria for freelancers and entrepreneurs.

Want to know what it’s like being self-employed in Vienna? The Local’s Emma Midgley shares her experience in this article.

Wondering if you can move to Austria on a temporary basis as a digital nomad? Here’s what you need to know.

Want to save money on your self-employed tax bill in Austria? The Local has a guide about what to include on your tax return.

Healthcare and social insurance

Austria is known for having a high standard of healthcare and modern facilities. It’s not cheap though and is paid for with social security payments. Here’s everything you need to know about the Austrian healthcare system.

Social security payments also differ for self-employed people depending on how long someone has been working for themselves. To help you make sense of it all, read our guide about whether it’s better to pay the minimum or full contributions.

Visiting the doctor in another country can be a culture shock. Save yourself some confusion (and/or embarrassment) with an article on six things to know about visiting a doctor in Austria.

Retirement

Retiring to Austria to spend time in fresh alpine air is a dream for many people, but who is actually eligible to retire to the Alpine Republic? Here’s an article with everything you need to know.

There are plenty of Brits that own a second home in Austria but Brexit has made it harder for non-residents (including retirees) to spend long periods in the country without becoming a resident. Here’s an explainer about the 90-day rule and how third country citizens can comply with it.

Everyday life in Austria

Living in Austria raises the probability of dating an Austrian. For any single readers out there, here’s what to expect if you venture into the Austrian dating scene.

Finally, we hope you won’t find yourself in an emergency during your time in Austria, but if you do, you will need to know who to call and what to say. Thankfully, we have an article for that too.

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LIVING IN AUSTRIA

How much do you need to earn for a good life in Austria?

Austria is known as a country with a high standard of living, but it also comes with a high cost of living. Here’s an overview of what you can expect to earn in Austria.

How much do you need to earn for a good life in Austria?

As with most things in Austria, the question of ‘what is a good salary?’ is difficult to answer as the cost of living (and wages) can vary between states and cities.

For example, the east of Austria is typically much cheaper than the west for housing (with the exception of Vienna). And those living in cities often have easier – and cheaper – access to public transport when compared with people living in rural areas. 

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Childcare is also something to consider with huge differences between Vienna, where there is access to heavily subsidised services, and places like Tyrol where childcare costs more.

To delve a bit deeper, we looked at the data to find out the average salary in Austria and how it differs between professions and locations.

What is the average salary in Austria?

In 2021, the average gross annual salary in Austria was €44,395, according to the latest data from Statistics Austria

However, in the latest survey by online job platform Step Stone, the average gross annual salary in Austria is €49,609.

The Step Stone survey then broke it down further by industry with those working in pharma earning the most at €60,504. This was followed by energy at €60,345, medical technology at €59,106 and banking at €58,711.

The industry with the lowest average annual salary is hotels/gastronomy at €37,546, followed by agriculture at €39,779 and tourism at €43,965.

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Occupation also plays a part with people working in management earning the most – on average €66,768. Consulting came second at €53,721.

And like many other European countries, the gender pay gap in Austria prevails. The average annual salary for a man is €52,633 and for a woman it is €44,330.

Furthermore, the top earning city in Austria is Bregenz in Vorarlberg with an average annual salary of €54,620. When comparing the west of Austria with the east, the median salary in Vorarlberg is €46,450, whereas in Burgenland it is just €39,100.

What is the average cost of living in Austria?

Many international residents will find everyday living costs in Austria to be expensive, especially for those that come from countries with a much lower cost of living.

Inflation has also been rising steadily in Austria throughout 2022, leading to some steep rises in prices for groceries, housing costs and energy.

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However, the average cost of living varies across the country, depending on the location. For example, Vienna and Innsbruck in Tyrol are two of Austria’s most expensive cities, but more affordable places to live are Graz in Styria and Klagenfurt in Carinthia.

In Vienna, the average price for a one bedroom apartment in the city centre is €915, going up to €2,000 for a three bedroom apartment, according to Expat Arrivals.

Whereas in Graz, the average cost of a one bedroom city centre apartment is around €609, and a three bedroom apartment is €1,170.

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