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The incredible benefits that come with living in Villach.

As one of around 62,000 residents in Villach, you’ll not only enjoy the peaceful small-town life in Austria’s seventh-largest municipality but also benefit from the exceptional welfare services the country affords its residents.

Austria’s welfare state has always sought to achieve social justice and provide security, and numbers among the world’s leading systems in this regard. This has been confirmed by the OECD among others. It is the compulsory insurance system in particular that guarantees comprehensive social protection for everybody in the country who is economically active and, as a result, frequently for dependants such as spouses and children as well.

Society as a whole benefits from the targeted support that is provided during particular life circumstances such as illness, for families or retirement. Consequently, statutory social security covers health insurance, accident insurance, pension insurance and unemployment insurance for employees. 

This ensures that treatment from doctors and hospitals is provided free of charge in the event of illness. The Austrian healthcare system is among the best in the world and consistently strives to offer first-rate medical care. Patients have access to the most up-to-date infrastructure and superbly qualified specialists nationwide.

Furthermore, insured persons are able to access public healthcare facilities quickly and easily. As a result, there are just under 2,500 beds available in Carinthia’s 5 state hospitals located in and around Villach alone, and approximately 7,100 employees caring for patients’ well-being.

Austria also demonstrates similarly high standards with regard to occupational health and safety. Statutory regulations guarantee maximum possible security, from financial cover in the event of illness to parental leave and protection from discrimination.

The Austrian system offers many remarkable benefits to families in particular. Besides state support such as family allowance, the family time bonus and child benefit, the federal state of Carinthia, in particular, has also positioned itself as one of Europe’s most child-friendly regions with a diverse array of measures.

Austria, Carinthia, and Villach, in particular, feel a sense of duty to their populations. And regardless of whether you are young or old, here you’ll enjoy exemplary care and support in many areas of life.


The population of Carinthia has around 420 resident general practitioners, 640 resident specialists and 270 dentists at its disposal.

Furthermore, there are 73 independent outpatient clinics (primarily in the fields of physical and sports medicine, prevention and screening and dental and oral medicine) and 93 pharmacies.

There are 14 acute care hospitals (eleven fund hospitals, two sanatoriums and one emergency hospital) with around 3,700 acute care beds. Most of the acute care beds are reserved for the fields of internal medicine, surgery, emergency surgery and acute geriatrics.

One of two support centres in Carinthia for emergency psychiatric and crisis services is stationed in the Villach Regional Hospital.


Austria regularly places among the top-3 nations globally in the annual Family Life Index published by InterNations (The Expat Insider survey) and is an ideal place to raise children.

Building on the comprehensive services that are already available, the Federal State of Carinthia is attempting to become the most family-friendly region in Europe. As part of that process, the region covers most of the costs of childcare up until the beginning of school with its “Child Stipend”

The city of Villach itself has not only been distinguished nationally as a “family-friendly region”, but has also been certified by UNICEF as a “child-friendly region”.

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