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 Nabila Irshaid, Artist & Single Mother of Five

“Being a single mom is intimidating; there are no safety nets. You could even say it’s existentially life-threatening.”
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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 | Matthias Naske

Matthias Naske has been director of the Vienna Konzerthaus since 2013 where he works on bringing music to a broader audience.

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.”

Home Is Where the Housing Is

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 di...

Profile | Karl Schlag

Economics Professor, University of ViennaIn 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 gaming skills.” ...

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 ...

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 showWith 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

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

How the Hundertwasser House Was Built | An Interview with Elfriede Forte

“He put so much love and dedication into this project. It’s no longer comprehensible what he accomplished here.”Whether it’s looking over the gree...

“Architecture is always all around us.” | A Chat with Angelika Fitz

“If you don’t want to look at art, you can choose not to hang any on your wall. Architecture is always all around us. You can’t just tune it out.”...

“I Was Here” | An Interview with Anne Catherine Fleith

“When I go back to my buildings and see how people interact with it – that’s the best present I could ask for.”In 2002, blue stickers began to a...

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...

Blind Faith | Following a Guide Dog on Duty in Vienna

People think that our dogs just follow orders. But really, it’s a cooperation – we tell them what we need, and they see how they can implement it.” ...

Do You Speak Kätzisch? | Chatting with a Cat Coach

“Many people treat their cats like babies in fur costumes. But they are not replacements for children; they have their own special needs.”It is ...

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...

Franz-Joseph Huainigg | Journalist, Author, Parliamentarian

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

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 ...

Monika Sommer | Director of Haus der Geschichte Österreich

They have made democracy their business, whether as a software developer, university professor, museum director or in the parliamentary administration...

Birgit Sauer | Professor of Political Science at the University of Vienna

They have made democracy their business, whether as a software developer, university professor, museum director or in the parliamentary administration...

Profile I Children’s Book Author Thomas Brezina

We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books“I...

Profile | Wien Museum Director Matti Bunzl

We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books“A...

Profile I Founder of Supersense Florian Kaps

We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books“N...

Profile | Amra Bergman and the World of Stage, Video and Costume Design

Design is not just a profession, it's a way of life. Whether it's on the runway, backstage, on the go or online, these designers both live and love wh...

Profile | Industrial Designer Daniel Huber of Spirit Design

Design is not just a profession, it's a way of life. Whether it's on the runway, backstage, on the go or online, these designers both live and love wh...

Profile | Austrian Fashion Icon Susanne Bisovsky

Design is not just a profession, it's a way of life. Whether it's on the runway, backstage, on the go or online, these designers both live and love wh...

Profile | Thomas Schranz on Holistic Design

Design is not just a profession, it’s a way of life. Whether it’s on the runway, backstage, on the go or online, these designers both live and love wh...

Profile | Travel Manager Liesbet Vandebroek Debunks Myths About Belgium

Going to unfamiliar places can be daunting. We spoke to a youth hostel manager, an explorer turned Airbnb host, a flight attendant and a tourism board...

Profile | Ingrid Mack of the Erotic Shop Liebenswert

Whether it’s the official “I do”, or playing games with gender and sexuality, her life’s work celebrates love, sexuality and femininityIngrid Mack...

Profile | Michelle Mock and the art of Wedding Photography

She gets high on people daring to say “I do”. This bubbly expat has dedicated her livelihood to capturing celebrations of loveMichelle Mock, Weddi...

Profile | Tamara Mascara on Confidence and Being a Wiener

Whether she's playing games with gender and sexuality, or just celebrating love, music, fashion, this drag queen is an expert on being fabulousTam...

Pia Baurek-Karlic on the Pharmacy’s Role in Austrian Society

Pharmacy managerIn the back offices of the Urania-Pharmacy in the 1st district, Pia Baurek-Karlic was standing by the copy machine, the only one a...

Profile | Touching Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Oscar

Film DirectorEven at the tender age of 10, Stefan Ruzowitzky, 55, was not a dreamer but a doer. After seeing his brother perform in the annual s...

Profile | Is Veterinarian Really a Dream job?

Gabriele and Sabrina Bacher: Veterinarians through and throughGirls and horses have long had a special connection. What may be less known is tha...

Profile | They had a Dream – Nina Poláková

Ballerina, Vienna State OperaLife is short. A ballet dancer’s career is even shorter, as Vienna State Opera leading soloist Nina Poláková, 31, w...

Profile | They had a Dream – Roman Rafreider

News Anchorman, ORFRoman Rafreider, 47, finds the idea of identifying what his dream job was a little odd, since the keyword is the “dream” part...

Profile | Vienna’s Inside Men: Thomas Pietschmann

Whether they’re uncovering drug cartels, teaching how to protect secrets, improving the image of the police department or fighting corruption, skeptic...

Profile | Vienna’s Inside Men: Franz Fiedler

Whether they’re uncovering drug cartels, teaching how to protect secrets, improving the image of the police department or fighting corruption, skeptic...