Culture Shock!: Austria

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CultureShock! Austria provides a thorough crash course on understanding and adjusting to life in this beautiful country. While giving justice to Austria's rich cultural heritage and its romantic splendour, the book also explains the day-to-day realities of living and working in the country. It's full of information to help you settle in seamlessly: how to find a suitable home, how to do your banking, what schools and facilities are available for your family, what to expect from the work environment and much more....
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Overview

CultureShock! Austria provides a thorough crash course on understanding and adjusting to life in this beautiful country. While giving justice to Austria's rich cultural heritage and its romantic splendour, the book also explains the day-to-day realities of living and working in the country. It's full of information to help you settle in seamlessly: how to find a suitable home, how to do your banking, what schools and facilities are available for your family, what to expect from the work environment and much more. It also provides insights into the social customs and values of the Austrians and how you can build meaningful relationships with them. The book also delves into the many cultural delights of Austria, such as the delicious cuisine, its world-famous music, opera, architecture and art, and other leisure activities that are uniquely Austrian. CultureShock! Austria is the ideal companion to help you find your way in Austria and to make the country your own.
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Table of Contents


Preface     vi
Acknowledgements     viii
Dedication     ix
Map of Austria     x
First Impressions     1
Regional Impressions     6
The History of Austria     12
Early History     13
The Babenberg Dynasty     14
The Habsburgs Dynasty     15
The 16th and 17th Centuries     15
The 18th Century     16
The 19th Century     18
The 20th Century     21
Recent Developments     35
Austrian Folk     40
The Family     43
Getting Away     46
Saving for the future     48
Friends     48
Motherhood     49
The Neighbours     50
The Cell Phone     51
Farming Community     51
Safety     52
Austria's Unconventional Side     52
Love those Dogs!     53
Death     55
Religion     56
The Jews     58
Muslims     60
Immigrants     60
Socialising with the Austrians     63
Social Customs     64
Manners     66
The Dress Code     69
An Invitation to Lunch or Dinner     71
Special Occasions     72
University Student Customs     73
Gay Life     75
Tipping     76
Setting In     77
Housing     78
Visa     34
Banking     85
Post Office     88
Telephone Service     91
Radio and Television     92
Driving     92
Public Transportation     100
Intra-city and International Travel     102
Medical Services     103
Education     105
Shopping     107
Recycling     114
Free Time     115
Austrian Cuisine: Mahlzeit!     119
Regional Cuisine     120
Entrees     122
Soups     124
Beilagen     124
Salads     125
Breads     125
Desserts     125
Health and Diet     128
Meal Schedule     129
Where Should You Eat?     129
Dining Out     132
Schanigarten      136
Kaffeehauser     136
Konditorei     138
Beverages     138
Supermarkets     142
Naschmarkt     143
Holiday Meals     144
Enjoying the Culture     148
History of Literature and Drama     149
Baroque Era (1685-1780)     150
Biedermeier Era (1780-1848)     156
Historicism (1848-1897)     158
Jugendstil and the Secession (1897-1918)     160
Contemporary Arts     166
Museums     183
Palaces and Castles     191
Monasteries and Churches     199
Festivals and Customs     200
Outdoor Activities and Sports     213
The German Language     224
The Informal and Formal 'You'     227
Sentence Construction     228
The Many Different Cases     229
Capitalising Nouns     229
Gender     230
Compound Words     230
German is Phonetic     230
Animal Names and Their Call     231
Numbers     231
A Comment from Mark Twain     232
Doing Business in Austria     234
The Economy      235
Economic Sectors     236
Business Customs     240
Attitude towards Business     244
Fast Facts     249
Famous People     253
Abbreviations     258
Places of Interest     258
Culture Quiz     264
Do's and Don'ts     271
Glossary     273
Resource Guide     280
Further Reading     311
About the Authors     321
Index     323
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