Doing Business in Austria

Austria’s reputation as a stable place to do business has been dented by political turmoil and a lack of dynamism. This report looks at the economy and rail infrastructure and asks whether Brand Austria is a marketing asset or liability.

The country’s image has been harmed by electoral turmoil and the need for reform

Interview: ‘We are open to world’ despite reversal on refugees

Companies find a strong national image can be both a ‘model and a corset’

High labour taxes, public spending and deficit policy are being questioned

Influx of refugees caused tensions with neighbours and at home

Operator ÖBB’s grand claim reflects network’s central role, influence but high cost

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The state spends more per student than most European peers yet quality is a serious concern

Spending big on research and development is paying dividends for the family-owned Kapsch group

Business red tape, frequent legal changes and high taxes take their toll

Economic reform and the refugee crisis have led to social disquiet

Austria’s economy is among Europe’s most stable. Life as a banker is not quite the same