Austria is famous for its bureaucracy, which is hard to understand even for Austrians. But: if you are nice and polite, you can get almost anything you need. If you need help (especially on matters related to your legal stay in Austria) go to: http://www.help.gv.at/
The Office of Science & Technology (OST) at the Embassy of Austria in Washington, DC, is a strategic interface for science, research and science policy between Austria and North America. bridges is the free online magazine published by the OST. bridges features a wide range of articles relating to science, technology and education policy in the US, Canada and Europe. Audio versions of selected articles are also available on the OST's website or by subscription to the bridges podcast.
Other Information of Interest When Living in Austria
The enterprises listed below have been chosen randomly to give you an idea about prices for certain goods and services, they are not meant as recommendations. For more information, please consult the Austrian web directory Sharelook: http://www.sharelook.at/
Since January 1998, private telecom service providers are allowed to compete on the Austrian market. This includes long distance services and mobile phones. If you move into an apartment which does not come with a telephone, you might want to consider a mobile phone which is the cheaper option for people who keep their phone calls short. For an overview of prices, see Billiger Telefonieren: http://www.billiger-telefonieren.at/
Prepaid cards for mobile phones are offered by several Austrian phone companies:
Yes, Austrians still smoke. The traditional Austrian Tobacco monopoly lasted till 2001, when it was privatized. In 2007 the Austria Tabak GmbH was taken over by Japan Tabacco International (JTI): http://www.austriatabak.at/
Tiscover is an extensive tourist information site including everything from a detailed atlas, to live cams, weather reports, hotel reservations and information about special events (use the Atlas to learn more about where you will be teaching): http://www.tiscover.com/