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Austrian Business Culture

Austrian Business Culture

A few facts about business culture in Austria:

A typical working day in Austria runs from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Important elements of Austrian business culture are hierarchy and status. Make sure that you have any titles (professional, academic) you hold on your business card. When meeting business partners you should always formally address them by their titles followed by their family names.

If you want to establish a strong business relationship, punctuality is very important. You should arrive to meetings well prepared.

During business small talk you should not mention the role of the Austrians in World War II and you should better not talk about money or religion. Make yourself familiar with facts that distinguish Austria from Germany because Austrians are proud of the unique features of their country. They think of themselves as a “skiing nation” and are very proud of their successful skiers. 

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