Janima Nam

Janima Nam is a freelance journalist, translator, and editor living in Vienna. She has a BFA in film from New York University and a Masters degree (MA) from the London Consortium in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Meet Alexandra Obernberger, Speech Therapist in Vienna

“Language development is dependent on interaction, you say something and your counterpart reacts. A smartphone couldn’t care less whether you react to it or not.”

Meet Werner Richter, a Literary Translator in Vienna

“When I finally experience in person a sensation that I’ve translated – like the sound of the wind in a canyon – I get this feeling of déjà vu, or maybe déjà ‘traduit.’”

Meet Thomas Stelzer, Dean of the International Anti-Corruption Agency

“Corruption has been with us as long as mankind, but there’s been progress: If you can’t expect to get away with something, you might think twice about committing it.”

Meet Susanne Reindl-Krauskopf, a Criminal Law Professor in Vienna

“Corruption will never be 100% eradicated. But it’s important to set parameters and structures that show people that in the end, corruption doesn’t pay.”

Meet Mato Johannik, the Fashion Photographer Who Chose Vienna Over Hollywood

“I’ve consciously chosen to continue my career in Vienna. I could have stayed in Hollywood, but as Caesar once said: ‘I would rather be first in this little village than second in Rome.’”

Meet Mary Larunsi, an Austrian Fashion Model With Nigerian Roots

“What you see in the pictures is not necessarily the reality. I don’t get flown anywhere in a private jet with a glass of champagne in my hand. In the end, it’s hard work.”

Meet Nuno Maulide, Star Chemist & Learned Concert Pianist With a Mission

“I tell my students, ‘I can get your foot in the door, but then you have to open it.’ I’m the kind of person who once I get my foot in, I will bang that door down.”

Meet Jenny Reddish, Storyteller of Our Age

“You could attach significance to any moment in history. Right now people are saying ‘Things are really changing’ – it’s about a search for meaning.”

Profiles | Antonia Matschnig

Matschnig’s approach to DJing has been called everything from “experimental,” “post-club,” “hybrid,” to “deconstructed.”

Profiles | Wolfgang Muthspiel

He’s made over 30 albums and tours all over the world. Yet, although he’s grateful for this substantial career, he’s never had the feeling that he’s “made it.”

How Vienna Got Housing Right

Vienna's population is growing fast, but the city's commitment to social housing means people in all parts of society can still afford to live here.

Profiles | Wolfgang Zerobin

“All components of public service – water, sewage, trash, energy – must remain in communal hands. Our public utilities belong 100% to the city. This is – and must – be important.”

Profiles | Stefanie Lamp

“It’s really necessary to bring all the people together and talk as often as possible. Of course, you can’t make everyone happy because people want different things – but you can try.”

Profiles | Martin Giesswein

Twice a year, Martin Giesswein goes on a “digital detox,” foregoing the internet and all devices for a couple of weeks. Not an easy task.

Profiles | Daniel Pratl

“When people look at traffic lights, they see only red, yellow, and green. They have no idea about what lies beyond those colors."

Profile | Izabela Horodecki

"Obviously, I don’t gamble – apart from the occasional lottery ticket. It’s like a tax on hope.” For most people, winning big on a night out at the...

Profile | Dieter Strehl

“People think that soon, everything will be digitalized. That was, is, and will never be true. Analog isn’t going anywhere.” Despite the rise of digi...

Profile | Karl Schlag

Economics Professor, University of Vienna In an unpredictable world, you need strategies that do not rely on being able to predict others. In this ...

Profile | Tanja Reither

"Girls are under ten times more pressure than guys. Sometimes I feel like we’re just reduced to our looks and not really seen for our g...

Our Daily Bread

In Vienna, quality baked glossare more accessible than ever before. The challenge for bakers is to keep standards high, while still growing ...

Profile | Natalia Corrales-Diez

Founder, Fund of Excellence, Erste Group “Human capital is the oil of the 21st century. Ten years ago, it was all about big data. Now it’s about ...

Profile | Herbert Schweiger

Director, Die Wiener Volkshochschulen “When the world is spinning faster than you are, you need help to keep moving forward – so ...

Profile | Angela Köppl

Environmental Economist, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) “Even though we were among the first movers towards susta...

Profile | David Jandl

Forest Ranger “We’re very proud of the fact that the very concept of ‘sustainability’ originated from forestry.” If a tree falls...

Yori | Korean Debuts & Homecomings

In Yori authentic Korean cuisine takes the stage in Vienna as a veteran proudly looks on. One of my earliest memories as a child is making specia...

Profile | Friedrich Schipper

“In war, culture is anything but irrelevant. Destroying someone’s cultural identity is just as painful as any physical wound.” Friedrich Schipper o...

Anna Karnitscher | Profiles

“Coffee culture is booming. Which also means that these days, we even have to compete with the fancy espresso machines people have at home.” Café W...

Profile | Danielle Spera

“If we read people’s memoirs of the buildings important Jews lived in, a lot of them do not exist anymore. We are trying to tell the stories of what h...

Profile | Sabine Haag

“Both the museum and UNESCO are peace missions: to stimulate discussion and bring people together towards a better understanding of the human conditio...

Profile | Adele Neuhauser

“Wiener Schmäh is a very creative and poetic language. But it’s also something that you must experience intuitively – through all of your senses.” Wh...

Culture Books | November

To Vienna, with Love In Kevin Wignall’s new thriller, Vienna takes the spotlight and steals the show With a name like To Die in Vienna, Kevin ...

Profile | Hannes Duscher & Roland Gratzer

“Wiener Schmäh is saying Schlagerl (mini-stroke) instead of Schlaganfall (stroke). It’s a way of being obsessed with death without ever talking about ...

Profiles | Gebrüder Moped

“Wiener Schmäh is maudlin, weepy, self-pitying, but also nostalgic, wistful, gemütlich and comforting.” If you really want to know what Wiener Schm...

Profiles | Karin Fleck

Founder, Vienna Textile Lab “If synthetic dyes originate from crude oil, does it make sense to be using them for a 5-euro T-shirt you throw out aft...

Profiles | Toni Steinmetz

Regional Secretary, PRO-GE Vienna “Some say, ‘Live and let live.’ I can only live well if I can allow others to live well and be able to look after...

Profiles | Helene Wagner

Deputy Head of Special Exhibitions, Vienna Technical Museum “Our goal isn’t to say to our visitors, ‘OK, here’s the future, take it or leave it.’ W...

Profiles | Thomas Gratzer

Executive Director, Production & Technology for Manner Schnitten “Vertical production is an essential component of urban production. Our factory...

Altlerchenfeld | Laying Low, Living Large

If Goldilocks had to choose a neighborhood in Vienna, it might be Altlerchenfeld. Laidback yet central, this neighborhood strikes the perfect balanc...

An Interview with Architecture Professor Baerbel Mueller

“Some of the most famous architects in the world – Zaha Hadid, Kazuyo Sejima – are non-Western, non-European women. That says a lot about how ‘emancip...

This Cruise Captain Has Traversed the Danube Over 500 Times

An interview with Jan de Bruijn, Captain, AMA Waterways “When I was first sailing on the Danube, the rules were not necessarily followed. Maybe it ...

An Interview with Danube Ferry Owner Johannes Klos

An interview with Johannes Klos, owner of Danube Roll Ferry “The ferry is something special. It’s something you don’t see or experience every day.”...

5 Austrian Gins You Should Try This Spring

Gin is in, more than ever. As Vienna kicked off its first annual Vienna Gin Festival on May 3 & 4, a worldwide trend celebrated its arrival. With ...

Burhan Aygün | Uber driver, Airport Shuttle Service Owner

Whether we’re getting around by car, bike, metro or just heading across the street, it takes a whole city to keep us mobile. “Everybody’s heard o...

Profile | Lisl Ponger, Artist

Art can be a solitary craft, but for inspiring masterpieces to reach us, they need to go through many hands. “Living abroad changed everything for ...

Profile | Ernst Hilger, Gallerist

Art can be a solitary craft, but for inspiring masterpieces to reach us, they need to go through many hands. “If you want to have one word for the ...