Rough guide Austria
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Population: 8 Million
Minimum Wage Rate: €1,000 per month
Other Languages: Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian
Eu Member: Yes
Current Government politics and support for culture: See Cultural Policy for general objectives and principles of cultural policy
Who needs a visa to work there?: As far as I know, everyone outside the European Community and European Economic Area.
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Coolest places: Vienna, Graz, Vorarlberg, Carinthian lakes, all of the Alps
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Weather: Nice seasons - real summers and real winters
What to eat and drink: Lots of cakes, lots of coffee (coffee tradition is really strong due to the Turkish invasions in 1683 and 1729). Wiener Schnitzel, Sachtertorte (famous chocolate cake), Gulasch, Palatschinken (pancakes), Fritattensuppe (soup with pancakes), geroestete Knoedel (bread-dumplings roasted with egg), Schinkenfleckerl (pasta with ham), Tafelspitz (cooked beef), Eierschwammerl mit Knoedel, Steinpilze mit Knoedel (canterells or mushrooms with dumplings), Kaiserschmarrn (pancaky kind of mix with raisons, best with plum sauce), Marillenknoedel (sweet dumplings with apricots), Powidltascherl (sweet flat dumplings filled with malty plum jam) To sum up: the Austrian kitchen is great!! Recently also more accessible for vegetarians. Partly mighty. Lots of Eastern European influences (although many Austrians will make you believe Gulasch is Austrian rather than Hungarian...)
Cost of living examples:
- A Beer: €3.07 PRICE PINT - however, Austria has a very strong wine-drinking tradition. So rather go for some nice Gruener Veltliner or St.Laurent. In the past decade, Austria has become more and more well known for its excellent wines. Do NOT mention the Glycol-scandal to Austrians. We are bored of it. And it's ages ago.
- A Cappuccino: A Cappuccino (called 'Melange' in Austria: €3.5 The price depends on the cafe really.. this is an estimated Viennese price.
- A litre of milk: € ???
- Renting a 2 bedrooms apartment in an average town: Depends on the size, you should be able to find something around € 350 (1 room) to € 500. For a long time, Vienna was well known for its relatively low rents compared to the rest of Europe, but that has changed in the past years.
Falter - An alternative Viennese weekly magazine with an Austrian-wide listing of cultural events
Vienna Information - Portal for Vienna
Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur / Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture http://www.bmukk.gv.at
IG Kultur Österreich. Interessensgemeinschaft für autonome Kulturarbeit http://www.igkultur.at/
KulturKontakt Austria http://www.kulturkontakt.or.at/new/index_e.htm
Educult - Institute for the Facilitation of Arts and Science http://www.educult.at
Forschungsgesellschaft für kulturökonomische und kulturpolitische Studien (FOKUS) / Austrian Society for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies http://www.fokus.or.at/welcome.htm
Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) / International Research Centre for Cultural Studies http://www.ifk.ac.at/
Mediacult. Internationales Forschungsinstitut für Medien, Kommunikation und kulturelle Entwicklung / International Research Institute for Media, Communication and Development http://www.mdw.ac.at/mediacult
Culture Tour Austria http://www.culturetour.at
Internetplatform Creative Industries http://www.creativeindustries.at/
Music Information Center (mica) http://www.mica.at/
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