Quality of Life

The Smart City Wien Framework Strategy deliberately ranks maximum Quality of Life as a headline goal of equal importance next to Conservation of Resources and Innovation. The monitoring results indicate that the citizens of Vienna consider their quality of life to be very high. The objective criteria and specific action required are discussed in detail in the following thematic areas.

According to a study by the European Commission, 96% of Viennese like to live in their city – a high value even in international comparison with 78 other European cities. This finding is also confirmed by surveys of the City of Vienna: 84% of Viennese are very satisfied or satisfied with their general living situation; 97% say they are either satisfied or very satisfied with life in Vienna. In contrast, the satisfaction with the co-determination possibilities in Vienna is only average.

Social Inclusion

Social inclusion is a key factor in the quality of life in Vienna and at the same time the product of a variety of individual factors. The first monitoring results show an ambivalent picture: on the one hand Vienna offers conducive conditions for social cohesion, equal treatment and upward social mobility, but on the other hand critical societal and social processes are visible that present new challenges for social, integration and labour market policy.

Subsidised housing continues to be a central pillar of Vienna’s inclusion policy. Net rents and the share of rental expenses of the household income are very low by international standards, albeit with a recent upward trend. The high proportion of subsidised housing construction has a price dampening effect on the overall housing market. However, population development will be a major challenge in the future, both in terms of construction of new housing units and the availability of social housing for the broad population.

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