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CultureShock! Austria

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CultureShock! Austria provides a thorough crash course on under-standing 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Dedication
  9. Map of Austria
  10. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. Regional Impressions
  11. Chapter 2: The History of Austria
    1. Early History
    2. The Babenberg Dynasty
    3. The Habsburgs Dynasty
    4. The 16th and 17th Centuries
    5. The 18th Century
    6. The 19th Century
    7. The 20th Century
    8. Recent Developments
  12. Chapter 3: Austrian Folk
    1. The Family
    2. Getting Away
    3. Saving for the future
    4. Friends
    5. Motherhood
    6. The Neighbours
    7. The Cell Phone
    8. Farming Community
    9. Safety
    10. Austria’s Unconventional Side
    11. Love those Dogs!
    12. Death
    13. Religion
    14. The Jews
    15. Muslims
    16. Immigrants
  13. Chapter 4: Socialising with the Austrians
    1. Social Customs
    2. Manners
    3. The Dress Code
    4. An Invitation to Lunch or Dinner
    5. Special Occasions
    6. University Student Customs
    7. Gay Life
    8. Tipping
  14. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Housing
    2. Visa
    3. Banking
    4. Post Office
    5. Telephone Service
    6. Internet
    7. Radio and Television
    8. Driving
    9. Public Transportation
    10. Intra-city and International Travel
    11. Medical Services
    12. Education
    13. Shopping
    14. Recycling
    15. Free Time
  15. Chapter 6: Austrian Cuisine: Mahlzeit!
    1. Regional Cuisine
    2. Entrées
    3. Soups
    4. Beilagen
    5. Salads
    6. Breads
    7. Desserts
    8. Health and Diet
    9. Meal Schedule
    10. Where Should You Eat?
    11. Dining Out
    12. Schanigärten
    13. Kaffeehäuser
    14. Konditorei
    15. Beverages
    16. Supermarkets
    17. Naschmarkt
    18. Holiday Meals
  16. Chapter 7: Enjoying the Culture
    1. History of Literature and Drama
    2. Baroque Era (1685–1780)
    3. Biedermeier Era (1780–1848)
    4. Historicism (1848–1897)
    5. Jugendstil and the Secession (1897–1918)
    6. Contemporary ArtS
    7. Museums
    8. Palaces and Castles
    9. Monasteries and Churches
    10. Festivals and Customs
    11. Outdoor Activities and Sports
  17. Chapter 8: The German Language
    1. The Informal and Formal ‘You’
    2. Sentence Construction
    3. The Many Different Cases
    4. Capitalising Nouns
    5. Gender
    6. Compound Words
    7. German is Phonetic
    8. Animal Names and Their Call
    9. Numbers
    10. A Comment from Mark Twain
  18. Chapter 9: Doing Business in Austria
    1. The Economy
    2. Economic Sectors
    3. Business Customs
    4. Attitude towards Business
  19. Chapter 10: Fast Facts
    1. Famous People
    2. Abbreviations
    3. Places of Interest
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Authors
  26. Index