Vienna to reduce car traffic

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Green Austria

Trips taken on public transport, by bike or on foot will account for 80% of all trips made in Vienna by 2025 if the city’s Urban Development Plan goes through as planned. The announcement was made by Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou (Green) on Wednesday, who emphasised that traffic was a key feature of the plan […]

Family get trapped in lift on Pyramiden-Kogel

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General News

A family was trapped in a lift whilst trying to reach the viewing platform of the newly opened Pyramiden Kogel in Keutschach, Carinthia. On the last ride of the day the doors would not open to release the family – only after some minutes was it possible for the doors to be opened. This is […]

100,000 visitors visit the Pyramidenkogel

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Culture

More than 100,000 visitors have visited the viewing tower on the Pyramidenkogel in Keutschach, Carinthia, since it opened six weeks ago. The 100,000th visitor from Voitsberg, Styria was making a day trip to Carinthia when she became the 100,000th visitor. She was greeted by Austrian MP Wolfgang Waldner from the ÖVP and local mayor Gerhard […]

Vienna backs down over parking and offers 15 minutes free

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Politics

The newspaper “Kurier” reported that the coalition of SPÖ and the Green Party in Vienna have decided to introduce a new free 15-minute parking ticket. It will be issued starting in September. Traffic councilor and vice mayor Maria Vassilakou (Green Party) kept her promise to examine the proposal of the driver’s clubs ÖAMTC and ARBÖ. […]

Fraud probe over school registration

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Politics

The judiciary is still dealing with fake registrations of students in Burgenland. Students were registered as residence in several municipalities in order to stop the closing of schools. New charges have now been filed. The public prosecutor’s office of Vienna has now made further charges against the mayor of Deutsch Schützen, Franz Wachter (ÖVP), the […]

Referendum in Vienna terminated

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Politics

Offices for the Vienna Referendum 2013 closed last Saturday. The preliminary voter turnout is 29,44 percent. The result will be announced tomorrow (Tues). The published figure of the voter turnout consists of ballot papers sent by post as well as those that were handed in personally, said the responsible town councillor Sandra Frauenberger (SPÖ) in […]

Mayor stole to fund gambling habit

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Politics

The former mayor in Braunau, Upper Austria, the birthplace of Adolf Hitler is to appear in court after taking money from locals to fund his gambling addiction. Ex-mayor Gerhard Skiba is accused of borrowing almost half a million euros from locals claiming it was for relatives of his abroad who are having financial difficulties, and […]

Hallstatt makes peace with Chinese copycat

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Business

Austrian residents in the picture postcard Alpine village of Hallstatt are to sign a deal with a Chinese carbon copy village which officially opens on June 2. Residents of Hallstatt in Austria were furious when their village was copied and rebuilt in China but now a legal challenge over the copyright breach has been dropped, […]

No Fugging chance for name change

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General News

Austrians considering renaming their village from Fucking to Fugging have been told to think again – because the name is already taken. Villagers at Fucking in Upper Austria voted yesterday to change the name to Fugging. But then came the news that there used to be a second village with the name Fucking in Austria […]

Paltry interest in internet

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General News

Austrians are showing the least interest in going online among all European countries, a survey has shown. Austrian magazine profil reports Austrians surf the internet just 14 hours a month which is half the European average. People living in the Netherlands are at the top with 35.2 monthly internet hours. Britons come second (33.9 hours), […]