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6. What is it like to be a female expat woman in Austria?
In a nutshell, pretty good really. This is because, statistically speaking, Austria is one of the safest countries in the EU in terms of crime.
The government has taken action to continue elevating the protection of its female citizens. In fact, a 2019 study assessing women’s rights around the world placed Austria in sixth place in terms of security, justice, and inclusion.

Women’s healthcare
When it comes to women’s healthcare in Austria, the standard is very good. Female life expectancy is 84 years old and compulsory health insurance includes women’s healthcare services. 

7. Is Austria a good place to raise a family?
They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, in Austria, this can literally be the case. Essentially, people in Austria, particularly in smaller towns, tend to help each other out when it comes to parenting. The atmosphere is friendly and somewhat old-fashioned in that children are encouraged to play outdoors and enjoy the simple things in life.

Ideally, Austria is brimming with beautiful parks, child-friendly museums, kid-friendly restaurants, ice skating, skiing, boating parks, and picnic spots. If this all sounds a bit like Disneyland, well – it is! And that’s not all.

Having a baby in Austria
If you are planning on having a baby in Austria, you will be pleased to know that the maternity benefits and option to go part-time ensure that most women take their time returning to work. Additionally, childcare in Austria is universal. Amazingly, this means that all pre-school age children can get a place. You will just need to register at the Gemeindeamt (municipal office) or at the Magistrat (Magistrate). Child benefits for residents in Austria are also generous.

The education system
Austria has a highly reputable education system where the majority of learning takes place in the school. Generally, homework is minimal and time outside of school is spent on extracurricular activities or with family. Austria also has one of the lowest crime rates in all of Europe. Essentially, the leading cause of death for children and adolescents is accidental.

8. What is the quality of healthcare in Austria?
Expats moving to Austria are in for another treat when it comes to the health of themselves and their family. Essentially, the country’s healthcare is excellent, affordable, and accessible. In fact, healthcare in Austria is renowned throughout Europe and the world for its high quality. Again, just like childcare, healthcare is universal and covers pretty much 100% of the population.

Once you move to Austria and register as a resident, you will receive your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) which will grant you access to healthcare. Along with your card, a photo ID is all you need to take with you to medical appointments. Children and spouses of expats will automatically enroll under the working member’s insurance scheme, too.

Children’s healthcare
Children’s healthcare in Austria is a mixed system of GPs and pediatricians, and access to doctors and other specialists is widely available throughout the country. For children and adolescents up to 19 years of age, 70% of the services fall under the statutory health insurance provided by a ratio of 2.5 GPs to 1 pediatrician. Needless to say, if you have children, you can rest assured that they will be in very safe hands in Austria.

9. What is the worst thing about living in Austria?
Generally speaking, you are unlikely to find much to dislike about living in Austria in your day-to-day life. 
Generally, Austria is a neutral and unbiased place to make your home.

The Austrian sense of humor
On a separate note, you may find that the Austrian sense of humor is quite different from that of your home country. Gentle ribbing is the general tone for amusing conversation among locals, so until you get used to it, try not to get your back up and instead join in the fun by sharpening your tongue.

Speaking of tongues, it also pays to learn some of the amusing, and often bizarre, Austrian phrases once you move to the alpine nation. 

10. What is the best thing about living in Austria?
Well, aside from all the things we already mentioned, there are a few more gems awaiting you in the alpine nation. The coffee for a start. Indeed, café culture is huge in this caffeine-loving country. The bar and restaurant scene is also not to be missed; particularly in Vienna, which boasts everything from cozy beer taverns to stylish cocktail lounges.
This is just one of the many reasons that Austria’s capital frequently tops the charts of the best cities in the world to live in.

The cultural landscape
Aside from wining and dining, the country is full of rich history and culture which is reflected in the wealth of museums and attractions throughout the country. Whether you are passionate about history, art, movies, or technology, you will find a museum to satisfy your appetite.

A world of natural beauty
On a more environmental note, Austria is also leading the way in renewable energy and sustainable housing. Perhaps this is unsurprising, though, given that the country is home to some of the world’s most stunning natural landscapes; including the famous alpine hills that formed the backdrop to The Sound of Music.
Indeed, Austria’s scenery will truly take your breath away.

Austrian quota immigration requirements:
1. Non-criminal record;
2. College degree or above or German A1 level;
3. 45,000 euros of bank deposit;
4. Bank statement for six months;

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