Moving to Austria




Basic information Austria

If you are moving to Austria, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

  • Official name: the Republic of Austria
  • Population: 8.579.747 of per 2015
  • Capital City: Vienna
  • Government: Federal parliamentary republic
    • President: Heinz Fischer
    • Chancellor: Werner Faymann
    • President of the national council: Doris Bures
  • Major language: German
  • Major religion: Roman Catholic
  • Monetary unit: Euros
  • International dialing code: +43



If you are moving to Austria it might be helpful to know about the education system. School is compulsory for children from the age of 6 years till 15 years. State schools are cost free. The Austria’s education system consists of the following layers:

  • Elementary Level (kindergarten, crèches)
  • Primary Level (starts at age 6 and ends at age 9)
  • Secondary Level I
  • Secondary Level II
  • Post-secondary Level
  • Non-university Tertiary Level
  • Tertiary Level

Private schools account 8% of the total number and all fee paying establishments. State schools are compared to other education systems very high in Europe.

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In January 2015, the unemployment rate was 10.3%. If you are moving to Austria, and want to work there, you must know that anyone older than 15 years old can take a job there. If you are between 15 or 18, you are protected by child and youth employment legislation.

If you come from one of the following countries, you will not need a work permit: nationals of Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Finland, France, Greece, Great Britain, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, Cyprus or Switzerland. Depending on your activities, if you are from Croatia, you will need a work permit. If you are from another country that is mentioned in the list above, then there is highly a possibility that you will a work permit.

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Bank accounts

Austria has the 12th largest economy in the world. The main central bank in Austria is the Austrian national bank. Expats can open a bank account in Austria very easily, if they follow the procedures and meet the requirements. The 3 biggest banks in Austria are:

  • National bank of Austria
  • Erste Group
  • RBI

If you are moving to Austria and want to open a bank account, you will need to provide the following documents and bring:

  • Passport
  • Proof of residence
  • Residence registration form
  • Employment details

Expats will need to fill in a form that will be provided by the bank. The ATM’s can be found around every corner and are all 24 hours per day operative. When moving to Austria, keep in mind that most banks do not issue foreigners credit cards unless they have been employed in Austria for more than 3 months.


If you are moving to Austria, you might need a visa to enter the country. However if you are from one of the EU countries, you do not need a visa. Keep in mind that you need to be in person at the Austrian embassy or consulate general. You will need to submit a biometric data of 10 fingerprints. Non EU citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 3 months, after your last stay in Austria or Schengen states.

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Cost of living

If you are moving to Austria, it might be good to know that the cost of living in Austria is compared to the other countries in Europe on average. If you come from the Netherlands or Spain it is considered to be a little more expensive, if you come from France or UK, the cost of living can be considered a little bit cheaper. And of course living in the bigger cities is more expensive than living in urban centers of rural villages. Many expats cannot afford to purchase a property in Austria. Renting is far more feasible for expats. Austria has however one of the highest costs, when it comes to food.

Medical care

The health care system in Austria is considered to be one of the most generous systems of social security for you and your family. About 99% of their citizens are being covered by their health care. Moreover the system is founded on a statutory social insurance principle.

Like any other country, Austria also has private and public health care systems. The differences between these 2 are their costs and their benefits.

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Driving license

Like all the other EU countries, if you are from one of the EU countries and want to drive in Austria (and already have a license issued in one of the EU countries), then you won’t need to apply for an international one because your current one will be recognized. However if you are moving to Austria and want to drive a car, then keep in mind that you must be 18 years older. If you want to obtain a driving license in Austria, you will need to do a theory examination and a practical examination.

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The tax system in Austria is also mostly the same as other EU countries. Income tax will be calculated from the following list of income: income from agriculture and forestry, from self-employed work, from trade and craft activities, from employment, from capital assets, from rents and leases, and so on. The level of taxation will depend on the taxable income received in a calendar year.


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