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Morale among expats:

Depends on who you ask! Most people love it here because there is so much to do and see but the winter can drag on and be a bit hard .... - Aug 23, 2013
Generally good. A bit more mixed in the embassy community because there are a surprising number of people who have little to no overseas experience at this post. But all the corporate expats I have met are thrilled to be here. - May 12, 2013
People grumble about the unfriendly Austrians and no cohesion among the American community but I also know a lot of people who LOVE it here. - Jan 16, 2013
Varies - winter can be very depressing with the dark and rain. I was frustrated by the Austrian's general attitude (often surly and unhelpful to strangers). It can be hard for spouses to find work. Spring/summer/fall are glorious, and there are lots of fun places to travel, which improves people's mood. - Aug 6, 2011
Good. It is what you make of it, and it depends on your priorities. If you want to be close with the embassy, you can. If you want to make local friends, that's quite easy, too. - Aug 5, 2011
Varies. Many love it. But it takes time to get used to. - Aug 15, 2009
Varies. It's a great place to live. But working here is a different story. - Aug 5, 2009
Fine, this place is easy living. Travel out of here is readily available and not too expensive. And there are plenty of interesting places to go, not too far away. But just staying here is fine. - Jul 23, 2009
Terrible. - May 21, 2008
Good. Some people complain and hate the Austrians and the staring, frowning and telling you what to do can get old, but this is a gorgeous, safe city with tons to do, not to mention the nearby travel opportunities. There also seem to be a lot of people here obsessed with their American products. Simply put, if you can't live without Butterball turkey maybe you should reconsider living abroad. - Apr 4, 2008
Very good. - Jan 11, 2008