table at a casino
More revenues, more products and more gambling addicts. With the state reaping both taxes and profits, laws mostly protect operators, not consumers.  “You should always be a bit informed,” declares an elderly gentleman as he collects his Seidl at the bar of the CafĂ© Ascot, a high-polish betting parlor across from the Wien Mitte train station […]
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collaborative economy
From cars to office space, and even livestock, the Collaborative Economy is changing more than how we use things. It’s reinventing how we value property. By George Jahn & Roxanne Powell On any given day Lena Kover will wake to the sounds of oldies streamed over web radio. Busying herself in the kitchen of her 17th […]
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Death in Vienna
Some Viennese may play down any special relationship with death. But, then again, it’s probably better not to take any chances... It was a stunningly beautiful summer’s day on July 16, 2011, for the final farewell to Otto von Habsburg, the last ...
How Austrians know who they are On November 18, the afternoon temperature suddenly dropped to an icy chill and the first flakes of snow began to fall. By evening in Vienna, there was a light dusting on the cars, and by early morning, a light blanket of white covered the shed roof below the window. […]
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With the StraĂźenbahn in their DNA, the Viennese are abandoning their cars for public transport and looking forward to robot chauffeurs. Bumper to bumper, the motorcade makes its tortured way forward along Vienna’s GĂĽrtel, dividing the inner nine districts from the rest of the city. Packed into three or sometimes four lanes in one direction, […]
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The LGBT scene has experienced a surge of acceptance in Austria, but it took a while to get here and equality is not yet a reality.
Vienna design history
In Vienna, with so much arts and culture, design may seem like an afterthought. In fact, it’s all around us, shaping how we live, eat and dress The starched fabric rustles as it’s straightened, a tapeline whizzes – all you hear is your own shallow breath. The deliberate touch of rough, needle pricked hand steadies […]
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Green Austria
No other country believes itself to be so in touch with nature. Is Austria living a lie? by Alexander Fanta & Benjamin Wolf   Austria’s sole nuclear power plant is without any doubt the safest in the world. While some of Austria’s...
Austrian business innovation
Austria often looks to America’s can-do approach to business, but can it foster its own forward-­leaning ­climate while still preserving its heritage? Anyone who has done business in both Austria and the United States will tell you the same thing. It’s like night and day. This is not to say one is better, or more […]
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