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What is the relative size of the expatriate community? How would you describe overall morale among expatriates?

You've got the United Nations here with tons of staff and delegations. Plus the universities bring in international students. - Jun 7, 2016
For a city consistently ranked with such a high quality of living it's surprisingly mixed. The Viennese are, generally speaking, a somber bunch in public and this can wear on you after awhile (glaring/shushing of children, dirty looks, etc). A few local expats have told me they loved it until they learned German well enough to understand what people were saying about them. If you can just enjoy the beauty around you and shrug off the grumpiness you'll be ok. Within the USG many, many people are unhappy with the work environment and of course this spills over into personal lives. I wish I'd counted the number of times I've heard people say to newbies "Don't worry it's not this bad at other posts." - Mar 24, 2015
Expat community is split into missions, and, not only that, but often in big posts like this, you don't have high morale. People are off doing their own thing. - Jul 18, 2014
The community is pretty large. I think morale here is a mixed bag: although quality of life is absolutely excellent, and people do enjoy it, work can be another matter. - Mar 19, 2014
Huge. - Aug 23, 2013
HUGE. The biggest I have ever experienced. - May 12, 2013
Pretty large. The U.S. has three missions here, so everyone is pretty spread out. - Jan 16, 2013
Very large. - Aug 6, 2011
HUGE. There are 3 missions here, as well as the United Nations. The community is incredibly diverse (the expat community, that is). - Aug 5, 2011
Huge --- lots of diplomats, corporate expats, educators. - Aug 15, 2009
Large. - Aug 5, 2009
Comparatively large, considering the size of the city (only 2Mil), I would rollerblade all around the city in decent weather and hear many different languages as I went thru the well travelled areas. There are also some growing immigrant communities, especially on the western side of the city. - Jul 23, 2009
Large. - May 21, 2008
Enormous. - Apr 4, 2008
Large. - Jan 11, 2008