Latest news from Austria in English


Sunday 17th October

Key points: What does Austria’s 2022 budget mean for you?

Key points: What does Austria’s 2022 budget mean for you?

Austria's government on Wednesday presented its budget plan for the next year, with a much-discussed reform to taxes as well as other changes that will directly affect residents.

Viennale: What to expect from this year’s film festival

Viennale: What to expect from this year’s film festival

Friday 15th October

Salzburg tightens Covid measures after ‘very high risk’ classification

Salzburg tightens Covid measures after ‘very high risk’ classification

Salzburg on Friday increased its Covid-19 restrictions, including an FFP2 mask mandate in retail, after the region was moved into the "red" or "very high risk" category due to its infection rate.

Airbnb removes all Viennese municipal apartments from its site

Airbnb removes all Viennese municipal apartments from its site

Penguin rescued after being ‘kidnapped’ from Salzburg zoo

Penguin rescued after being ‘kidnapped’ from Salzburg zoo

Thursday 14th October

What are the Covid-19 rules and restrictions in Vienna now?

What are the Covid-19 rules and restrictions in Vienna now?

The Covid-19 rules around face masks and entry to venues like bars, restaurants and museums are different in Vienna compared to the rest of the country. Here's an overview of the restrictions to be aware of.

Austria announces ‘post-crisis’ budget with major tax reforms

Austria announces ‘post-crisis’ budget with major tax reforms

Austria to launch SMS emergency alert system

Austria to launch SMS emergency alert system

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Wednesday 13th October

Why Covid cases remain high on the German border with Austria

Why Covid cases remain high on the German border with Austria

Germany's Covid numbers have remained relatively stable in the past few weeks - but they are stubbornly high in some places, including at the Austrian border. Why?

IN DETAIL: How to get your Meldezettel in Austria

IN DETAIL: How to get your Meldezettel in Austria

Sunday 10th October

‘Challenging task’: foreign minister to become Austrian leader after graft scandal

‘Challenging task’: foreign minister to become Austrian leader after graft scandal

Austria's top diplomat Alexander Schallenberg on Sunday said an "enormously challenging task" awaited him after embattled Chancellor Sebastian Kurz named him as his successor in a spectacular leadership change in the EU member.

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz: the fallen ‘Wunderkind’

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz: the fallen ‘Wunderkind’

Austria’s Kurz steps down as chancellor amid graft claims

Austria’s Kurz steps down as chancellor amid graft claims

How can I buy a second home in Austria?
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How can I buy a second home in Austria?

Saturday 9th October

Rising energy prices: How to save money on bills in Austria
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Rising energy prices: How to save money on bills in Austria

In Austria, the winters are long and cold, which means most people are used to expensive energy bills. But this year prices are set to be higher than usual.

Friday 8th October

EXPLAINED: Just how much trouble is Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in? 
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EXPLAINED: Just how much trouble is Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in? 

Raids were carried out during investigations into corruption and bribery accusations levelled at Chancellor Sebastian Kurz this week. Here's what you need to know about the allegations against Kurz and the possible ramifications for Austrian politics. 

Covid-19: Will Austria have a normal ski season this winter?

Covid-19: Will Austria have a normal ski season this winter?

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Friday
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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Friday

Wednesday 6th October

Offices of Austrian Chancellor Kurz’s party raided in Vienna

Offices of Austrian Chancellor Kurz’s party raided in Vienna

Austria's ruling People's Party (OeVP) said it had been targeted by raids from prosecutors on Wednesday morning, with local media reporting that offices in the chancellery were among those searched.

EXPLAINED: What is Austria’s Covid vaccination lottery?

EXPLAINED: What is Austria’s Covid vaccination lottery?

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday

Tuesday 5th October

Reader question: Does owning a second home in Austria give me the right to live there?
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Reader question: Does owning a second home in Austria give me the right to live there?

Austria is a popular second home destination, but what rights do you get as a second home owner?

From sunshine to snow: A week of cold weather forecast in Austria

From sunshine to snow: A week of cold weather forecast in Austria

Sunday 3rd October

Austrian government unveils ‘eco’ tax reform

Austrian government unveils ‘eco’ tax reform

Austria's government unveiled on Sunday what it calls an "eco-social" reform of the tax system, a key promise of the conservative-green coalition.

Saturday 2nd October

Austrian man jailed for gruesome killing of girlfriend

Austrian man jailed for gruesome killing of girlfriend

An Austrian man was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday in Vienna for the brutal murder of his girlfriend in March, in a case that shocked the country.

Everything you need to know about health insurance for freelancers in Austria
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Everything you need to know about health insurance for freelancers in Austria

Everything that changes in Austria in October 2021
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Everything that changes in Austria in October 2021

Friday 1st October

Reader question: Can I exchange my UK drivers licence in Austria now that the deadline has passed?

Reader question: Can I exchange my UK drivers licence in Austria now that the deadline has passed?

UK licence holders were required to exchange it for an Austrian one by June 30th under the Brexit rules. If you haven’t done so yet, can you still do it - or will you need to start from scratch?

2G and stricter mask rules: New Covid restrictions in Vienna from Friday

2G and stricter mask rules: New Covid restrictions in Vienna from Friday

European airlines pledge to refund costs of cancelled flight tickets in 7 days

European airlines pledge to refund costs of cancelled flight tickets in 7 days

Wednesday 29th September

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday
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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Thursday

Find out what's going on in Austria on Thursday, with The Local's short roundup of today's news.

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday

Tuesday 28th September

UK introduces new car sticker requirement for driving in Austria

UK introduces new car sticker requirement for driving in Austria

There have been a lot of big changes in travel between Europe and the UK since the end of the Brexit transition period, but now the UK has introduced another - a new sticker requirement for British drivers.

Property in Austria: Real estate in high demand in Tyrol
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Property in Austria: Real estate in high demand in Tyrol

Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday
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Today in Austria: A roundup of the latest news on Tuesday

Austrian Communist Party wins local election in Graz

Austrian Communist Party wins local election in Graz