Vienna is Number One

According to surveys published by the consulting firm MERCER Survey and numerous international rankings, Vienna regularly tops the charts as the city with the best quality of life in the world. 


Excellent Quality of Life

  • A rich cultural life and a diverse arts scene leave nothing to be desired – from magnificent historical buildings and museums to a vibrant nightlife.
  • Optimal leisure, sports and shopping opportunities in Vienna and in the greater Vienna area boasting beautiful landscapes, and recreational opportunities invite visitors to explore the city and its immediate surroundings.
  • The Vienna coffee houses, gourmet restaurants and wine taverns offer a wide and diverse range of culinary delights.
  • A stable political and economic environment guarantees a high level of personal safety and security.


Optimal Infrastructure

  • Very good connections to the international airport, excellent transport routes and an extensive public transport network.
  • Excellent internet and telecommunication networks as well as a large number of top conference centres, hotels and restaurants.
  • Numerous international and bilingual schools, modern universities, universities of applied sciences and research institutions.
  • Very good medical care.


International Environment

The numerous Vienna-based international organisations are not only important hubs but also contribute to Austria’s prosperity


Impressive indirect profitability

The presence of some 40 international organisations translates in an annual positive net effect of more than 500 million euros, directly or indirectly securing around 10,000 jobs. Conference tourism also makes a considerable contribution to Austria’s gross national product.


Vienna as host to international events

Involving the Vienna-based organisations, Austria organises a large number of international conferences and has over the last few years been able to position itself as a hub for important international topics

In 2014, Vienna proved particularly successful as a venue for international dialogue: alongside numerous rounds of E3/EU+3 talks with Iran held at both political and technical level, the ministerial conferences organised in the context of Austria’s Presidency of the Central European Initiative as well as the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers meetings, Vienna hosted two further major international conferences on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons as well as on supporting landlocked developing countries.