Apart from noticing that Austrians are unlike their northern variant, the Germans chronically unpunctual.
When I asked her about things she felt were something specific about Austrians, she said that they (we) are very proud of achievements and like to show off especially with things related to studies or jobs. is from the US and has lived for several years in Graz.
Especially men she though could talk forever about what they did and why. She has worked in the management of a technology company.
Keep in mind that the official will see you as his fellow conspirator and if the favour was big enough, might expect you to treat him equally when it comes to rules you might have to enforce upon him. He is married to an English woman and has lived in both England and Austria (Vienna).
This results in a distinct culture of corruption and shady deals that makes the Austrian business world fundamentally distinct from the German one and rather similar to the one in Italy or Eastern Europe. He has made a comment that I personally regard as one of the most precise and remarkable characterisations of the Austrian soul and culture.
She also noticed something about Austrian "officers" that I found very interesting: Be it secretaries, civil servants or any other official in a "power position" that you would like to do anything for you, they have a tendency to emphasise that they are doing you a favour, which you might have to return at some point. "an official would show his power by pointing out the rules and stick to them, making you a beggar and then rejecting you.
In Austria, on contrast, an official would show you his power by pointing out the rules first and then with a conspirational look tell you that because they like you, they will use their power to make an exception for you, regardless of possible negative consequences for themselves." I fully agree with B.
In case one or both marriage partners do not speak German, they must engage the services of an official Austrian interpreter at their own expenses.
or European Union driving licences are recognized in Austria, and may be converted at any time on a voluntary basis.
Persons at least 16 years of age may also marry upon presentation of written, notarized consent from both parents and if the other spouse is at least 18 years old. Civil marriages are performed by officials of the Registry Office (Standesamt) in the appropriate jurisdiction. If either party to the marriage is an Austrian citizen or resides in Austria (regardless of citizenship), the application for marriage must be filed at the Standesamt in the locality of that residence.
If both parties to the marriage are neither Austrians nor residents, the application must be filed at the Standesamt for the First District of Vienna Standesamt Wien-Innere Stadt Schlesingerplatz 4A-1080 Vienna Austria Phone: 43 1 4000 08591; Fax: 43 1 4000 99 08580; E-mail: post-a08(at)m35.at The earliest possible time to reserve the date for your marriage at the Standesamt is six months before the planned wedding.
I hope this helps you to get some stimuli to think about Austria and its people. is a student in Austria, married to an Austrian and originally from Eastern Europe.