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European Journal

Slovakia: Living More Cheaply in Austria

The Slovakian capital Bratislava is booming. In recent years many new jobs have been created. But real estate prices have skyrocketed.

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Slovaks who can no longer afford housing in their home country move a few kilometers away just over the border to Austria, where plots of land there are cheaper. About a third of residents in the border villages are citizens of Slovakia. Not all Austrians are pleased about the situation. Schools and kindergartens are already bursting at the seams.