Quality of living

Austria is a prosperous, stable and thriving country with a long and turbulent history. In addition to its dynamic and innovative economy, Austria is not only valued across the globe as a nation boasting a rich cultural heritage and as a travel destination and business partner, but also as the adopted country of international specialists. Numerous expatriates from all over the world have decided to live and work in the country whose capital city is rated as having the highest quality of life anywhere.

Country with the highest quality of life

For one thing, this can be traced to the large number of innovative and exciting companies. However, Austria also stands out, last but not least, due to its nearly unrivalled quality of life. The high standard of living is reflected by the low crime rate, the high level of social security and an attractive shopping and recreational infrastructure. There is hardly any country in the world which matches Austria with respect to the security of persons and property.

According to the ranking of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2019, Austria is rated second throughout the entire world with respect to its quality of life.

Moreover, the latest “Quality of Living Survey 2019” published by the international consulting company Mercer concludes that Vienna is the city with the highest quality of life in the world for the tenth straight year.

Living in Austria – Advantages

Austria offers a balanced mix of attractive leisure-time options and promising career opportunities. This is presumably the reason why Austria was once again ranked fourth among 63 countries in the IMD World Talent Ranking 2019. The country is even rated second globally in terms of motivation and quality of life.

Leisure-time activities

Austria is a country with a diverse range of cultural and sport activities as well as entertainment options. Whether a person enjoys opera, operetta, musicals, theatres, concerts, festivals or exhibitions, there is something which suits every taste. Close to 5,000 tennis courts, around 80 golf courses, 22,000 kilometres of ski slopes, 50,000 kilometres of hiking paths, 10,000 kilometres of biking paths and much more complement Austria’s leisure time options.

Attractive price level

The costs of living are moderate in Vienna in spite of the diverse cultural offering and entertainment possibilities as well as attractive shopping and leisure possibilities.
For example, this is demonstrated by the “Cost of Living Survey 2019“, the worldwide city ranking compiled by Mercer. The study evaluates the living costs for expatriates in 209 large cities on the basis of prices for about 200 different products and services. Rental costs as well as expenditures for public transportation, leisure activities, food and clothing are taken into consideration. Vienna is ranked 51st   in an international comparison, but nevertheless significantly behind comparable cities such as Zurich, London, Milan and Paris.

International educational opportunities

Austria also offers a very extensive educational offering. For example, expatriates do not have to dispense with having their children educated in their mother tongue. All required facilities are available, from the Vienna International School and the Japanese School Association to the Swedish School.
The most important international schools and universities in Austria are:

High quality of living in an intact environment

Austria’s intact natural environment and beautiful countryside, the wealth of natural resources, a well-managed cultural landscape, green meadows and mountain pastures, crystal-clear water, good air quality and much more all make a significant contribution towards Austria’s high quality of life.
A positive symbiosis between agriculture and the environment is also ensured. Austria boasts the highest share of organic farming compared to any other country in Europe. Forward-looking environmental policies, a pronounced environmental consciousness and ecologically compatible production technologies make Austria an environmental role model. In the World Competitive Yearbook 2018, Austria is rated third out of a total of 63 countries with regard to the international ranking of environmentally relevant performance indicators.

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