Accoring to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey Vienna has the best living standard in the world (maintaining its top position for the third year running). Austria's capital has a rich culture and vivid history and was home to famous musicians and artists. Apart from outstanding traditions in music, it was in fact medicine that greatly contributed to Vienna's worldwide renown. In keeping with tradition, Vienna ranks top among smart cities in terms of innovation, technology and sustainability. To learn more about why the streets of Vienna are paved with history of medicine, see the section history.

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This brochure is primarily addressed to foreign nationals wishing to live and work in Austria

Details on how and where to study in Vienna & library information

Vienna is the centre for life sciences in Austria and is becoming one of Europe’s most important locations for research in this field

Vienna has a well-developed public transport network. Buses, trains, trams and underground lines will take you almost anywhere in the city