Vienna - Post Report Question and Answers

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 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 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 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 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 2011

Varies. Many love it. But it takes time to get used to. - Aug 2009

Varies. It's a great place to live. But working here is a different story. - Aug 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 2009

Terrible. - May 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 2008

Very good. - Jan 2008


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