Make sure you have your citizen’s card or passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance.
Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone. Temperatures depend largely on altitude. Average temperatures in Vienna are around 19ºC in the summer and -1ºC in winter.
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Austria is located in central Europe and is a member of the European Union. It is a representative parliamentary democracy composed of nine federal states.
Some businesses do not accept credit cards, so it is always useful to have cash with you. Austria is part of the Eurozone, so the currency used will be the Euro (EUR). It is good practice to tip 5 to 10%.
The official language of the country is German. Croatian, Hungarian and Slovenian are also spoken. Learning a few German phrases will only help you: "Wie geht es Ihnen?" = how are you?; “bitte” = please; “danke schön” = thank you very much; “entschuldigung” = excuse me.
Be on time. Whether it is for a business meeting or a coffee with a colleague, the Austrians are not usually late.
Do not confuse Austria with Germany. Although they have cultures with similar influences, they are countries with different habits. Do not talk about income, it's a taboo subject in Austria.
Austrian culture is quite formal, especially as far as business is concerned. Depending on the context, if in doubt it is always better to dress in a more conservative and professional manner. Even in less formal situations, it is important to maintain a neat and organized appearance.
When meeting someone for the first time, greet him or her with a handshake. If you are invited to someone's house, bring a bottle of wine and a bouquet of flowers to show your appreciation.