Social Affairs

Lower Austria is known as Austria's "Number One family province".

The main reason for this is the fact that in Lower Austria almost all children between the ages of 3 and 6 can attend a provincial Kindergarten and that it is the only province in Austria which does not charge parents for Kindergarten care in the morning. Lower Austria has a family assistance programme to support families with low incomes who have toddlers. It also dispenses a range of further assistance for families and the needy.

The social policy of Lower Austria is based around two focal points: on the one other hand help for the elderly and on the other hand support for the disabled. In order to satisfy the needs of the population Niederösterreich runs 51 homes for the elderly and care homes where people in need of care can be nursed around the clock. In addition, Lowr Austria has 227 'social stations' which organise home nursing for the older generation in their own homes.
Together with welfare organizations like "Caritas" and "Lebenshilfe" the government of Lower Austria organises and finances housing for disabled people as well as workshops to provide occupational therapy.

For further information:
Niederösterreichische Landesregierung
3109 St. Pölten, Landhausplatz 1
Tel.: +43 2742 9005 0

Over 1.5 million people live in Niederösterreich, making it the second most heavily populated province in Austria after Vienna. The population of Niederösterreich has increased steadily in the past decade.

The percentage of foreigners in the population is around 6,1 % (2001). These are primarily people of Turkish nationality (1,3 % points) as well as people coming from the countries of former Yugoslavia (2,4 % points) and the European Union (1,56 % points).

Niederösterreich also has first-class health care, made up of three elements:

  1. general practicioners and specialised medical doctors with their own practices;
  2. hospitals (22 hospitals at 27 locations) and
  3. public health administration (which devotes itself primarily to the organisation of preventive medicine and early diagnosis of illness and epidemics, as well as the organisation of strict food controls)

For further information:
Niederösterreichische Landesregierung
Gruppe Gesundheit und Soziales
3109 St. Pölten, Landhausplatz 1, Haus 14
Tel.: +43 2742 9005 0

Please contact us

Office of the Federal Government of Lower Austria
International & European Affaris
Landhausplatz 1, Haus 3 3109 St. Pölten Email:
Tel.: 02742/9005 - 13489
Fax: 02742/9005 - 13610
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