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Living in Vienna
Communication & Media
International phone calls are obviously cheaper if you use private phone
companies. You can also use one of the many international
call centres or prepaid cards. Costs vary greatly, it certainly pays
to do some research.
In emergencies dial 133 for the police, 122 for the fire service or 144 for emergency medical care. The call itself is free, however there are serious penalties for abuse of this system.
Access to internet
In Austria, internet access is often available via university or school. If not, all major cities have numerous internet cafes. Some pubs and coffee shops also offer internet access.
Austria's major national papers include 'Der Standard', 'Salzburger
Nachrichten' and 'Die Presse' covering politics, arts, economics
and sports from liberal to conservative viewpoints. 'Die Kronen zeitung'
is influential and popular. 'Krone' also runs a private radio station.
'Der Kurier' covers a broad spectrum.
'Nachrichten' have a national section but are especially liked for their in-depth coverage of regional events varying from federal province to federal province. 'Kleine Zeitung' (Styria), 'Tiroler Tageszeitung' and 'Wiener Zeitung' are some of the more regional newspapers.
Especially published for Vienna 'Der Falter' offers excellent information on events, culture and politics. It is comparable to London's "Time Out".
Many Austrian coffee shops offer a large selection of (international)
newspapers for customers to browse.
Some kiosks, esp. at train stations, offer a wide range of international newspapers to purchase.
'Profil', 'Format', 'News' and 'trend' are weekly high-gloss
magazines covering politics, sports and culture alike.
There are many special interest magazines. However, many of them are imported from Germany. If you browse you are sure to find something to your interest!
For those visiting Vienna 'Der Falter' is a vital tool. Published on a weekly basis it features an virtually complete guide to what's on in Vienna with interesting articles on politics, arts and culture. It's event database is accessible via the internet, too!
Austrian TV & radio
ORF is the national
public broadcasting organisation featuring two channels (ORF
1 and ORF 2). ATV and TW1 are two up and coming commercial broadcasting
Commercial German channels like Sat1, 3 Sat and RTL or Arte with its focus on high-quality films, arts, lifestyle and documentations are popular as well.
Cable is widespread in Austrian households.
There are 4 public radio stations: OE1 focuses on high-quality
information, the arts and classical music, OE2 features local news and
folk and popular music, OE3 offers the usual blend
of hits and entertainment and FM4 caters for young people
with an interest in independent scenes varying from rock to hiphop.
Lately, liberalization in media laws has opened up the market to various private stations from almost pirate status to commercial outfits. Most radio stations feature live streaming services so you can tune in from abroad as well!
Radio Austria International (ROI) is a short-wave radio station which presents Austria related news in various languages all over the globe.