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A new beginning

in a beautiful country

Living in Austria

Austria is located in Central Europe and is a land-locked country bordering Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. Its scenery is in a class of its own, with spectacular mountains, rolling picture postcard valleys, beautiful lakes, vast natural forests and gracious architecture.

2012 has seen the pace of global economic recovery slow down, and the Eurozone has proved no exception. A general feeling of uncertainty and unease continues to work its mantra on global markets, resulting in low growth, which in turn leads to uncertainty, disillusionment and frustration.

However Austria continues to attract those discerning families and individuals, seeking a haven where they can live their lives to the full in the knowledge that they are living in a country renowned for its high standards of living, based on facilities, crime, food, education and climate. Its capital is Vienna and the overall population is just over 8million

Mercers has once again placed Vienna at the top of Europe in 2012 – the 4th year running – in their Quality of Living Index, quoting it as one best cities to live in the world.

The property market

It joined the EU in 1995 and therefore allows UK passport holders to buy and rent property. Property is diverse from traditional chalets & farmhouses to contemporary including the ‘passiv house’, which has an enviable low energy footprint. Land and building plots are plentiful and planning is strictly regulated by the local and state authorities. Above all property is still bought primarily as a ‘home for the family’ not a vehicle for a quick profit. This allows prices to remain stable and for the investor, they can be confident of good build quality and long term security*.

Stability is the name of the game!

Austria is a politically stable, democratic country, and its goverments are formed by way of a coalition, seeking consensus wherever possible. It pursues primarily a ‘social’ agenda, whereby equality and fairness are key precepts. It offers a high standard of living, and is one of the safest countries in the world.

Why live in Carinthia?

Carinthia is the southern-most province in Austria, whose regional capital is Klagenfurt, which has an international airport served by Ryanair from Stansted in the UK. There are also internal flights to Vienna, as well as flights to Cologne/Bonn. The population is just 0ver 800,000 and 65% of the province comprises natural forest, which is interspersed by spectacular mountains, lakes and pretty villages.


Climate: Few people realise Carinthia has a Mediterranean climate, which in summer can match its southern partners like Greece, Italy, Spain & Portugal. This beautiful province with over 200 lakes is an Austrian winter as well as a summer holiday paradise. There are perfect slopes, great snow conditions for skiing trips as well as sparkling, refreshing lakes and exquisite spa and wellness hotels for summer holidays. 


Holiday all year round: Velden on the Wörthersee remains Austria’s premier holiday resort, with its world famous lakeside Château, Casino and premier restaurants. 


Velden     Casino Velden

Bad Kleinkirchheim offers summer and winter fun, with 103 kms of ski pistes, 25 lifts, 50 alpine huts in the Nockberge National Park. Best of all are the 2 spa complexes of Römerbad and St.Kathrein, which offer world class indoor and outdoor spa facilities.     

Whether you are energetic and sporty or prefer the quieter aspects of leisure Carinthia is the place for you. Try swimming in the beautiful clear water of the lakes, riding around them on your bike, wandering in the hills or sampling the regional culinary delights; you will go home refreshed and want to return next year as there are an endless stream of experiences and places to see.

Rad break    Walking tour


Living in Carinthia is really easy. There are great shops, out of town retail parks, endless leisure opportunities spanning the extreme sports to gentle walks and swimming in the numerous lakes & spas. Keeping in touch with the folks from home is effortless with cheap flights to three nearby airports (Klagenfurt, Ljubljana and Trieste – 45-90mins by car), flights by Ryanair or EasyJet lasting about 90mins from Stansted. There are also major carrier hub connections at Munich, Salzburg, Vienna and Venice.


Carinthia also enjoys the international spotlight, hosting many well-known events. By far the biggest is the International Bike Week in September on the Faaker See. This sees over 75,000 bikers from all over Europe converging on this beautiful lake. Then there is the European Sports Car Festival in Velden, The World Body Painting Festival in Pörtschach, and concerts on the Wörthersee Lake, which have featured Mick Hucknell, James Blunt, James Morrison and Lionel Richie.


Bike week    Open air


Lifestyle & Living: As a family they have absolutely no regrets – the move to Austria was the best decision they ever made. The weather is great, people friendly and welcoming, a great quality of life with a good work/leisure balance. Healthcare and schooling are excellent and infrastructure works even when there is 2 metres of snow! If you want to talk to them what life is like we are happy to pass on your details.


Children    Medical