Almost eleven percent more deaths in Austria than before Corona

According to preliminary figures, 91,765 people died in Austria in 2022. “This is 10.7 percent more than the average of the last five years before the outbreak of the pandemic and also more than would have been expected due to the aging of the population,” Statistics Austria Director General Tobias Thomas reported Thursday. Life expectancy is down from 2016 to 2019 for women at 83.7 and men at 79, but it is rising in the long-term trend. The statistics for the previous year will still be somewhat higher, as deaths…

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Do not forget: From February 1, the new “Autobahn vignette” is valid

On January 31, the current vignette year ends. This means: From February 1, only Vignette 2023 in purple or Digital Vignette 2023 are valid. For all those who still have to click or pick, it is therefore high time to get the vignette. “67 percent of all annual vignettes are already digital. The trend towards digital continues unabated. So if you don’t have a current vignette yet, you can get one at the toll store or via the ASFINAG app. Or get a vignette in time at one of our…

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Nursing staff to receive a 2,460 euro salary supplement this year

Good news for nurses! Nursing staff will receive a bonus of 2,460 euros in 2023, significantly more than the approximately 2,000 euros paid out (increased by 500 euros only in Lower Austria) last year. To ensure the best possible care and support, the working conditions of the nursing staff urgently need to be improved, emphasized Social Minister Johannes Rauch. With an amendment introduced on Wednesday, the monthly payment will be fixed uniformly throughout Austria. The motion on the Entgelterhöhungs-Zweckzuschussgesetz (EEZG), introduced in the Social Affairs Committee, provides uniform conditions for…

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105 € per person for the new electricity cost supplement subsidy

The government’s electricity subsidy will be increased once again. Larger households with more than three people will now get extra money. The government announced a new cash bonus this week in a surprise move. The motion for the necessary amendment to the Electricity Cost Subsidy Act was sent to the parliamentary parties late Tuesday evening, and Wednesday, as of 10 a.m., the decision was already made during a special session of the National Council. The facts at a glance: The money bonus is only available for households with more than…

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Austrian Finance warns against fake emails

The fraudulent emails with the subject “Final warning! You will receive a tax refund” or “[Reminder] Your tax refund is ready!” contain the information that the recipients will receive a 578.99 euro tax refund and should disclose their data for this purpose. The BMF continuously warns against this scam. Example of such a phishing mail: Betreff: Letzte Warnung! Sie erhalten eine Steuerrückerstattung Sehr geehrter Herr/Frau, nach der letzten jährlichen Berechnung Ihrer Steueraktivität haben wir festgestellt, dass Sie Anspruch auf eine Rückerstattung haben. Ihre Rückerstattung beträgt 578,99 Euro. Um Ihre Rückerstattung…

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“Price explosion” in Upper Austria – electricity and gas are already 10 times more expensive

Inflation is becoming increasingly extreme: energy costs have become a real burden for many companies. They are now being helped. “We have had an extreme year in terms of energy policy, with a situation the likes of which we have never seen before,” says Doris Hummer, president of the Upper Austrian Chamber of Commerce. She refers to “exploding energy prices and supply fears.” Hummer said that costs had risen many times over for virtually all companies. “For some companies, electricity and gas prices have tenfold.” The WKOÖ boss warns against…

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New Corona variant is on the rise – these are the symptoms

The Corona situation in Austria remains stable, but numerous other viruses plague citizens. It got off to an incredibly fast start and was even named “super-variant.” Omicron derivative XBB.1.5. In the U.S., the highly contagious sublineage quickly accounted for a quarter of cases, and it is also on the rise in Austria. Although it has slowed down somewhat in the meantime, as molecular biologist Ulrich Elling shows in his graph, experts are currently unable to give a clear assessment of where XBB.1.5 will lead in Austria: “The current data are…

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Winter will stay with Austria in the coming week.

The coming week will be pretty wintry in most of Austria, with daytime temperatures around plus four degrees. Geosphere Austria then forecasts more snow on Friday. Winter will remain with Austria for the most part in the coming days, even if it will initially become much milder in the east at the beginning of the week. In the south and southeast, there will be snow and rain at the beginning of the week. From Friday, it will be wintry again everywhere, according to the forecast of Geosphere Austria (formerly ZAMG).…

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Inflation: The price spiral continues to turn

The standard and category rents were already adjusted by law in 2022. Another recommended rent increase is imminent in April as part of the inflation adjustment. Although the Ministry of Justice publishes the upcoming adjustment only in March, the Chamber of Labor has already calculated how much the rents will increase this time. “From April 1, the standard rents will increase by 8.6 percent. For a tenant or a tenant are the average additional costs of about 490 euros a year,” says Thomas Ritt, expert of the Chamber of Labor.…

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