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Vienna
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
readers december 2017
Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Send an email to office@metropole.at.Dear Metropole staff,(In response to several Facebook posts regarding Metropole in various expat social media groups)We’ve been Metropole subscribers for over a year now – actually since we...
medical care
What do Mozart, Alpine Skiing, and Austrian Healthcare Have in Common?They are all sources of immense national pride. Everyone in Austria has access to comprehensive medical care, and around 90% of the population rate the system as very good or quite good. But no policy could call itself Austrian if it did not come with a healthy dose of...
christmas markets
Today, the vast majority of Vienna’s Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets) open, heralding a season of open-air merrymaking Good for gift shopping or simply soaking up the yuletide atmosphere, visits almost invariably end with a mug (or three) of Glühwein (mulled wine), or Punsch, a heated combination of liquor and juice or tea, giving even normally reserved or chilly Austrians a gregarious...
old tram
It’s getting colder, and sometimes, the cold just won’t get out of my feet and hands when I’m walking around the city – no matter what I do.So my gratitude knows no bounds when I get on one of the old trams still operating on the ring, and I manage to grab that one seat with the heater that...
university vienna replacing student id
“Ausweis, bitte.” (ID please) The theater clerk’s smile slides into an incredulous hard line as she takes my University of Vienna ID to validate my student discountBy Amanda KontorDespite the protective plastic cover, its long body is bent out of shape, with dog-eared corners bearing witness to its famous incompatibility with seemingly any wallet. The clerk grants me my...
peter pilz
On Saturday, November 4th, 2017, the head of the newly formed political party Liste Pilz was publically accused of sexual harassment. It sparked a second wave of media attention to the #metoo campaign in AustriaFounder of Liste Pilz and former green party member and Peter Pilz is facing allegations of sexual harassment. The Austrian weekly Falter has received multiple...
Liechtenstein
How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of themAh, the mountainous microstate sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland, the principality on the Rhine, the constitutional monarchy with a sordid history of taxation scandals and a miniscule population of around 37,000 citizens. German-speaking Liechtenstein is Austria’s most erudite (with the highest...
Slovenia Austria
How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of them“Austrians are in a good position economically, and they have jobs for us!”, Slovene Ziga Luknar tells me enthusiastically.He has been living in Vienna for a year now, and even though he is not yet employed, his plan is to stay...
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