Life in Vienna
Life in Vienna is amazing. Once you come to Vienna, you will never want to go back! Vienna is terrific. Situated in the heart of Europe, and with a population of 1.9 million people, Vienna isn’t just about art and history. (By the way, the Danube isn’t blue either.)
Vienna has been named the best city in the world for quality of living, according to several surveys, including the annual Mercer Quality of Living survey, which has crowned it first for the ninth year in a row.
Vienna scores almost perfectly in a number of categories:
- Very well-functioning public transport and infrastructure: Public transport in the city is cheap, clean, safe, and reliable. The subway runs 24-hour at weekends.
- Clean and green: In Vienna you can enjoy mountain spring water for free, straight from the tap. Parks and green areas make up 50% of the city.
- Excellent education system and impressive healthcare system.
- Flourishing economy: Vienna is the economic center of Austria, the 14th-richest country in the world. Austria has one of the highest GDP per capita, indicating a high standard of living for citizens.
- Incredibly secure: Vienna has some of the lowest crime rates in Europe, making it very safe to walk home late at night.
- Amazing cultural scene: Vienna has a strong heritage in producing exceptional classical music, fine arts, and theater. It has incredible museums and amazing music venues.
One of the best things about Vienna is that it is not an expensive city to live in.
- Housing: Viennese apartments generally offer high standards at affordable rents. Prices still remain relatively low in comparison to other major cities in the world. On average, tenants in Vienna spend 27% of their income on rent.
- Public transport: You can travel through Vienna by subway, bus, and tram for just €1 a day.
- Culture: Standing tickets for the State Opera start at €3. Similar prices for standing tickets at most theatres and concert halls.
If you are from abroad, you will never feel lonely in Vienna.
Vienna is one of Europe’s most international cities. Half of the population of Vienna has an international background and it is very easy to get around with English.
Vienna is home to a large number of international organizations, including the United Nations.There are 14 international schools, and you will find restaurants with cuisines from all over the world.
The connection from the city to the airport is excellent (19 minutes train ride from the Vienna BioCenter, and €4.20). From the airport you can reach all major European cities within 3 hours. There are also direct flights to many other international destinations.
Vienna is one of the leading European centers for research and innovation.
37,595 people work at 554 biotech or pharmaceutical companies, research institutions, medical device companies and other organizations in the field of life sciences in Vienna.
One example is the platform Health Hub Vienna, co-participated by the Vienna BioCenter.
- General information (City of Vienna)
- Living & Working information (City of Vienna)
- Expat Center (Vienna Business Agency)
- Vienna Expat Survival Guide (English speaking magazine Vienna Wuerstelstand)
- Vienna by world standards (Vienna Business Agency)
- Vienna in Figures 2018 (City of Vienna)
- Vienna at a glance (Vienna Business Agency)
- The business location Vienna (Vienna Business Agency)
- Life Sciences in Vienna (Vienna Business Agency)
- Video Life Sciences in Vienna (LISAvienna)
- Vienna Life Science Report 2018/19 (LISAvienna)
- Factsheet LIfe Sciences in Vienna (LISAvienna)
- Life Science Report Austria (aws)
- Life Science Directory Austria 2019
- Euraxess Austria