Working and living in Austria, specifically in Vienna, means finding a creative and stimulating environment. Vienna is the centre of research, culture, and lifestyle in Austria: about 30.000 researchers work in Vienna. Historically, Vienna has always been a city of science and is one of the oldest university cities in Europe. The research landscape is shaped by nine universities, five technical colleges, as well as about 1.000 research institutions.
Austria's scientists have a broad and dense network of facilities, both nationally and internationally, at their disposal. Though a small country, Austria is nevertheless a powerhouse of innovation - as evidenced day after day by the facilities involved in the national innovation system, all of which are driven by entrepreneurial intelligence, a clever range of grant programmes and a sound structure of competence centres at university and extra-university level. Innovation is a prerequisite for international competitiveness, therefore Austria spent about 6 billion EUR on research and development in 2007. Austria ranks among the top third in the European Innovation Scoreboard. Vienna does not only offer an excellent working environment, but has plenty to offer for relaxation, pleasure and recreation.
After a laborious working day there are plenty options in Vienna to replenish your energy. To relax you may choose visiting a typical austrian "Heurigen" or enjoy one of the many culinary highlights offered by the famous Viennese cafes. Vienna has a multi-faceted cultural life. For centuries, Vienna is known for its music, art and literature. Vienna was home to Mozart, Beethoven, Klimt, Schiele to mention only a few of the exceptional artists who lived and worked here. Today, vienna offers a choice of 50 theatres, four opera houses, two stages for musicals, and 100 museums. Noteworthy, almost half of Vienna's municipal area is green. Parks and gardens, the Vienna Woods, Danube Island and the Old Danube await one for all kinds of recreational activities. The Eastern Alps invite you for hiking or skiing within a day trip. Vienna offers an exceptional quality of life and is annually ranked number one worldwide according to the latest Quality of Living Survey 2019 (Link). Vienna is considered one of the safest cities in the European Union.