Quality of Life in Austria

The quality of life is generally very high in Austria. With a thriving economy, a stable political system, Austria's beautiful countryside (not only the Austrian Alps bewitch with their majestic beauty) and it's cultural diversity, all contribute to a high-quality lifestyle for locals and tourists alike.

Austria's capital Vienna ranks as one of the most attractive cities world wide. The subjective feeling of well-being attested to by locals and tourists alike has been repeatedly attested to by leading international studies and city rankings.

Vienna - 4th place in an international quality of life survey

The aim of international city rankings is to provide objective, consistent and comprehensive data of comparison.

Subjective expectations, of course, can vary but certain attributes are objectively relevant: political stability, personal safety and freedom, medical and health considerations, educational situation, public services and transports, recreational options, availability of consumer goods, housing and environmental situation.

The internationally acclaimed ranking by Mercer's overall quality of life survey 2006 evaluates 250 cities world wide.

Zurich (Switzerland) ranks first, closely followed by Geneva (Switzerland), with Vancouver (Canada) third and Vienna (Austria) in fourth place

Within EU capital city rankings Vienna (Austria) is the unchallenged first.

There are many reasons why Vienna fares so well in such objective and subjective evaluations. Therefore, the following list is not exhaustive.