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Sunday, July 22, 2018
From the internet to the bedroom, Austrians care about – and protect – the personal sphere. It’s a cultural thing.On a cold, grey day in January, a security camera suspended from a bouquet of colorful balloons was bobbing on a long cord over the Austrian parliament – a protest by AK Vorrat to highlight the imminent passage of the...
Living and Working in Austria
Austrians appreciate a fair day’s work if it doesn’t interfere too much with their private lives. But as the economic heart of Central Europe, the country scrambles to redefine its relationship with work“It’ll be like the Staatsvertrag,” scoffs 29-year-old Jan Stiglitz over the clinking of glasses. That is, the employment contract the young Czech will be signing the following...
Austrian Health Care
The Austrian health care system covers you regardless of your wallet size or passport. But cracks are showing in this jewel of the welfare state. By Nicolas Kristen & Benjamin WolfAs he enters the monumental building, headphones in his ears, and heads for the green elevators at the end of the hall, Felix Wiesner is unruffled by the scenes of haste, pain...
luxury
Luxury retail is the lifeblood of the city center, but can Vienna manage to sustain its tradition of local craftsmanship with the demands of international tourism?By Margaret Childs & Elisabeth KlingWhen Markus Scheer was growing up in the 1980s, it was unheard of to stroll through the 1st district in jeans, much less shorts and flip-flops. It was simply...
Pets
The Viennese love their pets under and their meaty schnitzel on the table. A report on the animals we cuddle and those we devourAn elderly lady is walking by Schwedenplatz, followed closely by her golden retriever. She stops at a sausage stand to buy a Käsekrainer sausage in a bun and sits down on a shady bench to enjoy...
Third-culture kids
For third-culture kids, international schools around the world become an important but temporary extended familyYou can hear them on the subway, a gaggle of teenagers from all backgrounds, speaking in an English that defies description, in an untraceable accent peppered with local and foreign words. A stranger, baffled by the diverse group, might ask them the simple question: Where...
cover story pimp city
From San Diego to Copenhagen, From Vienna to Singapore, everybody wants to become a smart city. But how do you upgrade the world's most livable city?As he carefully takes the slat out of the hive, the solar panels in the background begin to gleam again in the sun. Not bothered at all by the swarm of bees whirring around him,...
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 dressThe 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 you and, after a few...
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 PowellOn any given day Lena Kover will wake to the sounds of oldies streamed over web radio. Busying herself in the kitchen of her 17th district apartment, she makes breakfast to...
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