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Austria is ranked in 12th place in the 2018 World Happiness Report. People there enjoy the good standard of living, stable economy and low unemployment rates and that makes it a really popular place for expats who want to live, study and work there.

The country is really warm when it comes to welcoming foreigners. However, different rules apply for EU/EEA citizens and those from outside those countries. EU citizens benefit from free labor market access in Austria. That means that people from EU/EEA countries as well as those from Lichtenstein, Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland do not need a visa or a work permit in order to work in Austria. Even so, they need to register their stay with the local authorities in case they are planning to spend more than three months in the country. As for the third country nationals, they still need a visa or a work permit in order to be able to live and work in Austria. Most of the cases this happens through a flexible system known as Red-White-Red Card. It is made to grant residence permit based on both the skills that potential employees have, as well as the current shortages in the market in Austria. No matter the type of visa or work permit one needs to get, everyone is asked to prove that he or she has sufficient amount of money to cover the living expenses in Austria, as well as valid health insurance and a place to live.

The majority of the foreign people coming to Austria end up working in the capital, Vienna, which is home to hundreds of international organizations where employment can be found easily. In fact, Vienna is one of the cities that hosts several offices and sub-organizations of the United Nations. In general, in Austria people work for eight hours a day, 5 days a week which makes a total of 40 hours of working per week. Apart from the many official public holidays in the country, employees have another 25 days of paid leave per year.

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