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Are there problems with ethnic or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Gender inequality simmers below the surface, but seems to be less so of an issue with the passage of time. - Nov 13, 2017
Austrians are surprisingly behind-the-times in gender equality and thought. - Jun 7, 2016
Some racial/ethnic prejudice. Austrians are typically a homogeneous society and the influx of Turks and Yugoslavs in the past few years has some Austrians up in arms. Watch out for nationalism, and keep an open mind, too, to listen to both sides: some Austrians resent immigrants coming in and going on the generous welfare system, while they (Austrians) feel they have worked hard for 30 years and that this isn't fair. You can see their point, but's just one step away from prejudice and often crosses the line. - Jul 18, 2014
I haven't witnessed any problems first hand, but I gather there are some areas for concern. - Mar 19, 2014
People of Roma descent still report problems, but overall, nothing major. There was one hate crime this year when an African woman was pushed in front of the subway (an accident was averted thanks to the emergency brakes that bystanders were able to pull from the platform) but this seems to be an anomaly. - Aug 23, 2013
Yes. Vienna itself is OK about this (though racial stereotypes abound in advertising etc., and I know of some people of color who have experienced minor hassles) but the rest of the country can be pretty weird. There is a major political party that is basically neo-Nazi and still blames Jews and immigrants for everything. I am not making this up. That said, the xenophobia here is probably less than in many other parts of Central and Eastern Europe. It is a very Catholic culture, which can be odd when you are not used to it. All the major holidays are Catholic, and everything shuts down on Sundays and about two dozen saint's days scattered throughout the year. - May 12, 2013
I've heard some reports of bias against darker-skinned individuals, and they still seem to hold a 300-year-old grudge against the Turks. - Jan 16, 2013
There is a lot of immigration right now, which the Austrians aren't necessarily happy about. I never personally experienced problems, but I heard stories of people being harassed - Aug 6, 2011
This is a very xenophobic society. There is no attempt at hiding it, either. - Aug 5, 2011
Some --- but better than it used to be. The city is quite international, with lots of immigrants from Turkey, the Balkans, Africa, and Asia. - Aug 15, 2009
Yes, white Austrians can be very racist and sometimes anti-Semitic. Police tend to profile darker-skinned people and peg them as drug dealers. - Aug 5, 2009
Very little. As a black man, I found the Viennese to be quite reserved, but accepting. None of the big-city "hostility" that you sometimes feel in other places. They seem more laid back. - Jul 23, 2009
None. - May 21, 2008
Maybe. Vienna is very international, but I don't think they are color-blind. - Apr 4, 2008
None that I know of. - Jan 11, 2008