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Vienna is the most livable city of the world

According to the annual study of the consulting firm Mercer, Vienna is the city with the highest quality of living worldwide for the 9th time in a row now! We will reveal what exactly makes the Austrian capital so livable: Criteria of the Mercer study For its survey, the company Mercer has evaluated more than 450 cities and included altogether 231 metropolises in its ranking in the end. The annual Mercer study is considered to be the most comprehensive in its domain and it rates the quality of living of numerous cities worldwide on the basis of 39 criteria from ten different categories. They are grounded on aspects which play a leading part in the everyday life of expatriate employees. First of all, the political, economical and social environments are determining, of course, and associated with that category criteria like bank services, criminality and stability. Moreover, socio-cultural viewpoints like personal freedom and censorship are integrated into the evaluation. But also medical care and effects on health, for instance caused by air quality and waste disposal, contribute significantly to the quality of living in a city. Aside from that, educational standard, infrastructure and transport possibilities as well as public services flow [...]

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The EuroPride Vienna 2019

Since 2007, the Vienna Pride takes place annually with its popular Rainbow Parade which attracts masses of visitors from all over the world each year again. Moreover, there is a really strong LGBT community and numerous other events and leisure time facilities which cater especially to this target group here. But that is not all! Next year, the Austrian capital city will get the incomparable chance to set an international example of diversity and acceptance at the EuroPride 2019.

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Vienna’s Biodiversity

In our last blog article, we have already introduced our extraordinary city bees and their honey to our readers. But there are many more green spaces in the middle of the city here which show an impressing biodiversity: Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve The Wienerwald which spreads over the federal states Lower Austria and Vienna, significantly contributes to the protection of ecosystems and landscapes as well as to the preservation of the ecological biodiversity. For this reason, it has been marked out as biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. As a model region for sustainability, the Wienerwald supports ecologically friendly forms of land use and a better understanding of the interactions between man and nature. With over 2.000 plant species and extremely versatile habitats, this phenomenon exemplifies how the variety of nature and culture can exist even at the edge of the city. Schönbrunn Zoo As scientifically led animal park, the Schönbrunn zoo does not only place importance on education, research and recovery, but also very much on nature and species protection. The participation in numerous open land projects for endangered animals all over the world by financial means, expert knowledge and PR are characteristic for the commitment of the Schönnbrunn zoo. The [...]

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The Viennese City Bees

That Vienna is a green city in many regards, should have become clear with our blog series “Sustainable en route in Vienna”. But did you know that about 200 million bees from more than 5.000 colonies are bustling about here during summer? Good living conditions Vienna’s numerous meadows, flowers and trees in parks, gardens, avenues, on balconies and greened rooftops provide the ideal habitat for bees with their versatile and consistent supply of food. Moreover, it stays warm longer in the city than on the countryside and there are scarcely pesticides utilised here. Hence, it is no wonder that more and more of these useful insects settle down in Austria’s capital city, sometimes even in very prominent places. For instance, you can find beehives on the roof of the Vienna State Opera and of the town hall or at the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. The Stadtimker In order to support this extraordinary development amidst the general bee deaths, the “Stadtimker” (city beekeepers) have specialised on the demands of urban bees. The association attempts at creating further habitats for wild and honey bees and depends on your support in this mission. Committed citizens can either donate [...]

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Sustainably en route in Vienna (6)

Due to our blog series “Sustainably en route in Vienna” we have already presented you a few green tips for your sustainable trip to the Austrian capital city. Natural cosmetics, vegan restaurants, urban gardening and eco-friendly sightseeing have already been on our list - so what could still be missing? Fair fashion, of course! In the following, you will find some green shops in Vienna: Zerum The young fashion label “Zerum” produces exclusively in the EU in a fair and ecological manner. The name derives from “serum” as some sort of remedy which emphasises the positive aspect of the brand. Instead of third world manufacturing under disastrous conditions, “Zerum” guarantees fair wages, short transport routes and an environment-sparing fabrication. The young and value-oriented team issues a fashionable statement for sustainability and is addressed to fair individualists. The shop in Vienna is decorated with affectionately restored old pieces of furniture. Green Ground “Organic fashion which does not look like eco movement” - that is the motto of “Green Ground”, the concept store in the charming Viennese “Porzellangasse”. Here, value is not only placed on fair trade and eco-conscious manufacturing, but also on modern designs and high quality. Certificated organic textile fabrics [...]

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