Comparison of living in Germany and in Austria

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Comparison of living in Germany and in Austria

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The title says it all.
What do you think are the biggest differences between living in Germany and in Austria ?
Do you miss anything here compared to living in Germany ? :)
What do you think are the biggest pros of living in Austria, when compared to living in DE ?
Are there any cons of living in Austria ?


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Re: Comparison of living in Germany and in Austria

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A lot depends of where in Germany you have lived before. If you have been in banking in Frankfurt, the pace will seem slow in Vienna.

The standard of life is very good in both places. Outside of Vienna, you might struggle if you don't speak the language, but at the same time, local communities are friendlier than big cities.

Wherever one lives, the more you make of it and the more actively you engage with your surroundings, the more you get out of it. Vienna can be a bit stuffy, and it can be difficult breaking the ice, but it is possible to settle down and fit in here.
Vienna is like an Ikea sofa - you know you should upgrade, but why bother when it is this comfortable.
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Re: Comparison of living in Germany and in Austria

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I found Germans could be a bit on the stingy side while Austrians are more ready to spend money on something they think is worth it.
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Re: Comparison of living in Germany and in Austria

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We moved here from Darmstadt. Some observations:
  • In general, living here is a bit more expensive, though some things (like public transit) are much, much cheaper.
  • Insurance coverage is worse. Dental insurance is completely unavailable on its own.
  • The supermarkets here are much smaller, though we can still buy all the items we bought in Darmstadt, plus a few more we like that were never available there (Brimsen, Tarhonya, Käsekrainer, freshly made Knödel).
  • English isn't as widely spoken here in daily life. (I'm sure the locals can speak it, they just don't do it as readily with foreigners.) Not much of a problem for us as we get by with our German.
  • That said, the job market in Vienna has a lot more offerings for English speakers. Even in nearby Frankfurt most employers didn't want to touch you if you didn't speak perfect, unaccented German.
  • Restaurants in Vienna are much better. And they actually serve local cuisine, unlike in Darmstadt, where German restaurants are a rarity.
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Re: Comparison of living in Germany and in Austria

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Interesting reading, although I am always Warry of any comparisons that could be like comparing apples and pears. A capital is likely to be different to a regional city. English here is possibly more useful given that with Vienna being a gateway to CESEE that it is used as a business language more frequently than German for cross-border activities.
Vienna is like an Ikea sofa - you know you should upgrade, but why bother when it is this comfortable.
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Sure, though much of what I said about Darmstadt also applies to Frankfurt, which is comparable to size in Vienna, and some things (like dental insurance) apply to all of Germany.
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Re: Comparison of living in Germany and in Austria

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From my experience with the public sector in Germany, through sister authorities recruiting, there is frequently a very long and arduous selection process, including a lot of checks done that almost make it impossible to recruit foreigners quickly (case in hand being for in-house translators working for ministries and authorities).
Vienna is like an Ikea sofa - you know you should upgrade, but why bother when it is this comfortable.
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