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Viennale: Austria’s Most Popular Film Festival

Austria’s biggest film festival once again offers film highlights from around the world from 22 October to 5 November. This year, the major retrospective deals with animals in film. Films to be screened include the classic "The Birds" with Tippi Hedren, who will be coming to the Viennale as special guest.

October 2, 2015

The Orient Begins in Vienna: Salam.Orient

The Orient begins in Vienna when the cosmopolitan festival Salam.Orient highlights artists from the Middle East, Africa and Asia for the eleventh time. This year, the topic of crossing borders plays a big role in terms of national borders, cultures, languages and styles of play. Musicians cross borders, they break taboos, mix sounds without inhibition and in doing so develop new perspectives.

October 1, 2015

Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka and the Women

An exhibition at the Lower Belvedere shows how the three superstars of art - Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka - deal with the female gender.

September 29, 2015

Vienna Jazz Floor - 100 Concerts in a Single Month

Jazz and blues thrive brilliantly in the world's capital city of music and there are so many small clubs with exquisite acts. Once a year, the scene celebrates the "Vienna Jazzfloor" festival, to which it invites internationally renowned jazz players to perform in nine of the city's clubs, including Jazzland, Davis, and Miles Smiles.

September 29, 2015

A Rush of Color - Masterpieces of German Expressionism

For its large-scale exhibition in the autumn of 2015, the Leopold Museum will present outstanding masterpieces of German Expressionism from the collection of the Osthaus Museum in Hagen. Works by representatives of the artists’ association “Die Brücke”, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Mueller and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, by exponents of the “Blaue Reiter” movement, such as Alexey von Jawlensky, Franz Marc and others, as well as numerous works by Christian Rohlfs illustrate the German avant-garde’s departure into Modernism.

September 28, 2015

Edvard Munch. Love, Death, and Loneliness

The Albertina in Vienna presents the printed graphic work of the famous Norwegian artist Edvard Munch until January 2016.

September 25, 2015

Premiere of "Mozart - The Musical"

Mozart was a rock star during the Rococo period. The musical of the same name, written by the successful duo Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, examines the world-famous musician and historical figure, who was also a legend of classical music. Tonight we will see the premiere of the globally successful musical Mozart. Amongst the stars of the show on stage at the Raimund Theater Vienna: Oedo Kuipers, Thomas Borchert and Barbara Obermeier.

September 24, 2015

Expat Families: Austria is Most Popular Country

Not only the Nordic Countries are popular with expat families. Austria, Israel and New Zealand are also among the preferred destinations for families. According to the Family Life Index 2015 by InterNations, Austria is the most popular country among expat families. While Finland and Sweden, ranking second and third, impress with the cost and availability of childcare and education, Israel and New Zealand in 4th and 5th place respectively, rank especially high when it comes to the general well-being of expat families.

September 22, 2015

Vienna as a Congress City Takes Second Place Worldwide

Austria's capital city, Vienna, has once again confirmed its standing as one of the world's most popular congress cities in 2014. In the 2014 ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Vienna took second place with 202 international congresses, thereby climbing one place against 2013. Paris (with 214) was at the top of the ranking.

September 11, 2015

Austrian Airlines Returns to Shanghai

The return to Shanghai highlights the continued importance of the Chinese market to Austrian Airlines and the high value attached to its outbound market in particular. Austrian Airlines had already included Shanghai in its flight schedule starting on April 28, 2004. However, flight service was terminated in January 2007 as part of the redimensioning of the airline’s long-haul fleet and the related decommissioning of all its Airbus A330 and A340 long-haul aircraft.

September 10, 2015

It’s all about Fashion during Vienna's Fashion Week

Until September 13th it’s all about fashion in Vienna’s Museums-Quartier. About 70 designers show their collections: at fashion shows and in the adjacent sales area in Quartier21, which invites visitors to go shopping. This year marks the seventh edition of the MQ Vienna Fashion Week. Last year, over 10,000 visitors came to the fashion event.

September 8, 2015

Fifth Wiener Wiesn Festival Opens It’s Tents Today

On the Kaiserwiese in the Prater the Wiener Wiesn Festival opens it’s tents today for the fifth time. Austrian beer, local food, all sorts of music and traditional outfits ensure a great atmosphere.

September 7, 2015 · Updated: September 24, 2015; 11:00

Expat Insider: The Hard-Working Austrian Expat

After sharing a detailed picture of life in Austria for the international expat, InterNations shares with you a picture of life abroad for the Austrian expat. It revolves around work, but getting to know new friends through work and a relatively high income sweeten the deal.

August 27, 2015

Expat Insider: Country Report Austria - Safe & Sound

InterNations shares with you a detailed picture of life abroad in Austria: why people relocate, what their daily life is like, and how satisfied they are. Known for schnitzels, mountains, and bodybuilders turned governors, Austria has excellent rankings in the Quality of Life, Working Abroad, and Family Life Indices, but settling in isn't easy. They provide an in-depth country profile of Austria. Read on and find out what expatriate life in your dream destination Austria is actually like.

August 25, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover Signs Deal to Manufacture Cars in Austria

Tata Motors-owned luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said it has signed a contract manufacturing agreement with Austrian automotive firm Magna Steyr in another step to enhance its worldwide production line and build global footprint.

July 29, 2015

Austria Introduces New Visa Rules for Chinese, Indian and Indonesian Business Travellers

Austria has decided to introduce a liberalized regime for issue of business visas to Austria, effective from August 1, 2015. In an initial pilot phase, the new regime will be applicable only to India, China, and Indonesia.

July 29, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal: Joint Statement by Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister

The joint statement by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif calls on the world community "to support the implementation of this historic effort". "The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a balanced deal that respects the interests of all sides. It is also complex, detailed and technical."

July 14, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal: Historic Agreement in Vienna

The so-called P5+1 - the US, UK, France, China and Russia plus Germany and the EU have reached a "historic" deal with Iran on limiting Iranian nuclear activity in return for the lifting of international economic sanctions. The deal, known as the "Comprehensive Joint Plan of Action", was signed today in Vienna.

July 14, 2015

Historic Iran Nuclear Deal Likely to be Announced Early Tuesday

Officials negotiating in Vienna's Palais Coburg say nothing is confirmed, but a deal will possibly come in the early hours of the morning. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said an Iran nuclear deal would not be ready to be announced July 13, as China’s Foreign Minister urged the P5+1 and Iran to finalize the accord.

July 13, 2015

How to Combat Human Trafficking Discussed in Vienna

Combating human trafficking along migration routes will be in focus at a high-level conference on 6-7 July in Vienna. The conference will draw attention to the impact of state migration policies on trafficking in human beings, the increasing risk of being trafficked during times of crisis, and the special vulnerability of unaccompanied minors on the move.

June 29, 2015

Rembrandt, Titian and Bellotto in Prince Eugene's Winter Palace in Vienna

The “Klimt and the Ringstrasse” exhibition in at the Lower Belvedere is dedicated to those charismatic painters of the Ringstrasse who exercised a profound influence on their time, namely to the work of Hans Markart, Gustav Klimt and their associates who were the greatest artists of the Ringstrasse era.

June 26, 2015

International Experts Discuss Counter-Terrorism Measures in Vienna

An expert conference in Vienna next week focuses on countering the incitement and recruitment of foreign terrorist fighters.

June 26, 2015

Vienna and Triest - Through History Connected

A recent visit by Triest's Mayor Roberto Cosolini highlights that Vienna and Trieste were connected in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy for more than 500 years. Especially in the 18th and 19th century the port of Trieste flourished and because of its location became one of the most developed economic areas of the Habsburg Empire. It was the most important port of one of the Great Powers of Europe. As a prosperous seaport in the Mediterranean region, Trieste became the fourth largest city of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (after Vienna, Budapest, and Prague).

June 25, 2015

“The Third Man” - Brand New Release of the Greatest Film of all Time

Silver screen classic “The Third Man” was shot in Vienna in 1948. It is considered to be the greatest film of all time. A brand new release of “The Third Man” will be presented in selected cinemas to audiences fully restored in 4k resolution from 26 June. This year also marks the 100th birthday of Orson Welles, who played Harry Lime.

June 25, 2015

Lower Belvedere Exhibition: Klimt and the Ringstrasse

The “Klimt and the Ringstrasse” exhibition in at the Lower Belvedere is dedicated to those charismatic painters of the Ringstrasse who exercised a profound influence on their time, namely to the work of Hans Markart, Gustav Klimt and their associates who were the greatest artists of the Ringstrasse era.

June 24, 2015

International Day of Yoga Celebrations in Vienna

The United Nations General Assembly last year declared 21st June as the International Day of Yoga. The resolution adopted by the General Assembly invites everyone to observe that day as the International Day of Yoga. Hence, the International Day of Yoga celebrations in Vienna took place at Votiv Park, in the heart of Vienna, where people participated in good numbers to perform the exercises as per the common yoga protocol.

June 21, 2015

"WeCooperate" Project Closes with Millions Mobilised

The OSCE project "WeCooperate" closes with millions mobilised to work together to achieve peace and security. Two months on the campaign is drawing to a close, having reached an audience of nearly three million people with the message that co-operation is the path to peace and security.

June 19, 2015

Conference on the Safety of Journalists to be Held in Vienna

The OSCE is hosting a conference on journalists’ safety and conflict reporting on 15-16 June in Vienna. The two-day event, “Journalists’ Safety, Media Freedom and Pluralism in Times of Conflict”, will bring together some 300 journalists, media experts, diplomats and key policy-makers from across the OSCE region to discuss and review the current situation relating to the safety of journalists reporting from conflicts.

June 12, 2015

Spanish Riding School of Vienna Celebrates its 450th Anniversary

The Spanish Riding School of Vienna, Austria, is a traditional riding school for Lipizzan horses, which perform in the Winter Riding School in the Hofburg. This year the school is celebrating the 450th anniversary of its first written mention with gala performances on Heldenplatz.

June 2, 2015

Vienna Biennale 2015: Ideas for Change

Between June 11 and October 4, 2015 the Austrian capital will host its first ever interdisciplinary Biennale: this year’s edition aims to bring together art, design and architecture, and harness the power of creative ideas and artistic projects in its search for positive change.

June 1, 2015

Tolerance and Equality: Vienna Pride and Rainbow Parade

The 20th Rainbow Parade on Vienna’s Ringstrasse (20.6.) and the Vienna Pride (16.-21.6.) with the Pride Village on City Hall Square will set a sign for tolerance and equality.

May 29, 2015

Swedish Embassy in Vienna has New Premises

The Swedish Embassy/UN representation and the OSCE-delegation have moved to new premises with extensive entertainment facilities, Schwedenhaus Wien. This represents a new and unique concept which could be a model for how Sweden will be represented abroad in the future. As the Embassy also represents Sweden in Slovakia and Slovenia, Schwedenhaus Wien will have both a regional and multilateral (UN and OSCE) approach.

May 29, 2015

Vienna Prater Amusement Park Celebrates its 250th Anniversary

On the 7th of April 2016 the Vienna Prater amusement park (Wiener Prater) will be celebrating its 250th anniversary, so it has already started to undergo a major revamp. According to its new president, Stefan Sittler-Koidl, the winds of change are literally blowing through this traditional leisure park. The highlight of the season will be the commissioning of the world's most advanced wind tunnel, in which free-fall can be simulated.

May 28, 2015

Vienna's Glittering Summer Balls: The Concordia Ball and the Fête Impériale

Two glittering summer balls will be celebrated in Vienna: The Concordia Ball (19.6.) in Vienna City Hall and the Fête Impériale (26.6.) in the Spanish Imperial Riding School. The Concordia Ball has been one of Vienna's most sparkling and exclusive events for over 150 years. The Fête Impériale is famous for its opulent and imaginative decorations, and is held once again this year under the motto "Red-White-Red".

May 28, 2015

Vienna Museum: "The Ring - The Boulevard’s Early Years, 1857–1865"

The exhibition in the Vienna Museum spans the period from the beginning of planning to the construction of the Ringstrasse in 1857 and its festive opening on 1 May 1865. Plans, designs, models and photographs are put on display for the first time. They tell of architects, painters, and sculptors searching for the style of their age. They illuminate the juxtaposition of demolition and new construction.

May 28, 2015

Analysis: The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna

The Eurovision Song Contest 2015 has been the 60th edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest musical event. The contest took place in Vienna and followed Conchita Wurst's victory in the 2014 edition with her song "Rise Like a Phoenix". The song "Heroes" by Måns Zelmerlöw took the winning spot in the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna with 365 points. The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will therefore be held in Sweden.

May 16, 2015 · Updated: May 28, 2015; 08:00

The Eurovision Song Contest Village: "Let's Meet at Rathausplatz"

In the week leading up to the ESC finals in Vienna, Rathausplatz – the square in front of Vienna City Hall – will be turned into the Eurovision Village from 18 to 23 May 2015. It will be THE place to be for everyone interested in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2015. The programme starts on 18 May with the opening event featuring an international fashion show, and will continue with themed days, live performances by ESC contestants, a colourful family programme. On 23 May, the ESC finals will be broadcast live from Stadthalle and shown on Rathausplatz. For one week, the framework event under the motto "Hello Vienna. Welcome Europe!" will highlight the very best of the Eurovision nations, including culinary delights from different countries.

May 15, 2015

OSCE: Strengthening Peace and Security Co-Operation Towards Democracy and Development

Representatives from the 57 OSCE participating States, civil society and international organizations will meet in Vienna tomorrow to open a two-day conference on the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association, with an emphasis on association.

April 27, 2015

OSCE Meeting in Vienna to Focus on Freedoms of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Representatives from the 57 OSCE participating States, civil society and international organizations will meet in Vienna tomorrow to open a two-day conference on the freedoms of peaceful assembly and association, with an emphasis on association.

April 15, 2015

Germanwings Flight 9525: Captain Tried to Break into Cockpit with Axe, Co-Pilot Hid Illness

The latest reports prove that German Wings captain Patrick Sondenheimer tried to break into locked cockpit door 'with an axe' as plane was descending. German police have been searching the home of co-pilot Andreas Lubitz and his parents. They found a ripped-up sick note showing that he tried to hide his illness from employer German Wings.

March 27, 2015

Germanwings Flight 9525 was a Suicide Mission

According to the latest reports, suicide and mass murder by the co-pilot explains the deaths of 150 people aboard Germanwings flight 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. There is clear evidence that 27-year-old German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz deliberately locked the pilot out of the cockpit and then began with the Airbus A320 a constant, unauthorized and deadly descent. Brice Robin, the public prosecutor from Marseille told a press conference that the first officer had locked the captain out of the cockpit and set the controls of the Airbus for a rapid descent and the eventual crash into the French Alps. The Aviation Safety Network has published a list of aircraft accidents caused by pilot suicide (see below).

March 26, 2015 · Updated: March 26, 2015; 18:30

Update: Germanwings Crash - Two Iranian Journalists on Transit to Vienna among Victims

It has been confirmed that two transit passengers to Vienna were aboard the crashed Germanwings plane Flight 9525. Reuters reports that the two Iranian dead are sports journalists who were travelling to watch their national team play Chile in Sankt Pölten tomorrow. The two men had earlier travelled to Barcelona to cover a match between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

March 25, 2015

Analysis: Crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 - Investigation and Latest Responses

Yesterday Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Düsseldorf, an Airbus A320-200, crashed around 100 kilometres (62 mi) northwest of Nice, in the French Alps. All 144 passengers and six crew members died. People on board by nationality were: Germany 67, Spain 45, Kazakhstan 3, Mexico 3, Argentina 2, Australia 2, Colombia 2, Croatia 2, Japan 2, Morocco 2, Belgium 1, Denmark 1, Israel 1, Netherlands 1, Turkey 1, United Kingdom Several (unconfirmed), and unknown 15. The aircraft had reached its cruising altitude, flight level 380 (approx. 38,000 ft [12,000 m]) at 9:27 GMT. Three minutes later the aircraft began its descent - the purpose of the descent is not currently known. 14 minutes after the initial descent, radar contact with the aircraft was lost. Meanwhile the first cockpit voice recorder was recovered by rescue workers and is being examined by the investigation team. The recorder was damaged in the crash, but was said to be still in a "usable" condition. The search for the flight data recorder was to be a priority when the recovery operation resumed. It is the third-deadliest crash of an Airbus A320, after TAM Airlines Flight 3054 and Indonesia AirAsia Flight 8501, and the third-deadliest aviation disaster on French soil, after Turkish Airlines Flight 981 and Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 1308. Unusually, the plane appears not to have deviated from its flight plan during its descent.

March 25, 2015 · Updated: March 26, 2015; 14:30

German Wings Crash: No Austrians or Transit Passengers to Vienna Were Aboard

It is believed that no Austrians or direct transit passengers to Vienna were aboard the crashed Germanwings plane. "None of the passengers from Düsseldorf held connecting flights to Vienna, so we believe this tragedy has not affected any Austrians. However, we do not as yet have a passenger list of those who were on the flight," Lufthansa said.

March 24, 2015 · Updated: March 26, 2015; 10:45

German Airliner with 150 People Crashes in Southern France

An Airbus A320 airliner of German low-cost airline Germanwings crashed in the French Alps near Digne carrying 144 passengers and six crew members. "All 150 feared dead" says Fancois Hollande. It is unclear whether Austrian passengers were on board.

March 24, 2015 · Updated: March 24, 2015; 14:45

Austrian Doctor Treats Vladimir Putin in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has disappeared from the public eye since March 5th, is said to suffer from back problems, according to information from the "Kurier". He is now supposed to be treated by a Viennese orthopedic surgeon.

March 15, 2015

Vienna Celebrates 150 Years of the Ringstrasse

Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph officially opened Vienna's Ringstrasse on May 1, 1865. The boulevard, which is 5.3 kilometers long and 56 meters wide, was an elegant promenade for the upper classes. This year Vienna is celebrating its 150th birthday with numerous events and exhibitions. The "most beautiful boulevard in the world" not only has a wealth of sights, it also has large parks and important monuments.

March 6, 2015

Quality of Living Rankings: Vienna Tops the List Again

Vienna remaines at the top of the 2015 Quality of Living Rankings, boasting the best quality of living for expatriates. In the top 5 there are two other European cities, Zurich (place 2) and Munich (place 4). Also Auckland (3rd) and Vancouver (5th) are among the top five cities.

March 4, 2015

Vienna to Have Two Million Inhabitants in 2029

Vienna is already the city with the second largest population in the German-speaking countries. But Vienna is growing faster than ever. This development entails a tremendous challenge for Vienna. Based on the figures now available, investments totalling seven billion euros will have to be made by the year 2020 in the areas of child care, public transport, other infrastructure facilities and health services alone.

February 20, 2015

Austria: Number of Naturalisations Increased by 3.7% in 2014

7.693 people acquired Austrian citizenship in 2014 (including 123 persons resident abroad). Compared to 2013, the number of naturalisations increased by 3.7%. Top former nationalities include Bosnia-Herzegovina (1 120), Turkey (885), followed by Serbia (671), the Russian Federation (433) and the Kosovo (381).

February 20, 2015