Discounting some of the more bitter responses - “weird and psychotic” or “hard work and volatile” we have put together a list of nine things which might help you understand the Austrian psyche before you embark on a date.
We’ve tried to avoid the obvious stereotypes, and apologise for any offense we might inadvertently cause.
This, she says, is the opposite of Brazilian men, who are pros at flirting but tend to be macho and unfaithful.
This is where it can be handy to learn some German - Austrians often don’t want to look stupid and may be shy about speaking English - so learning a few cheesy chat up lines like "Ich möchte dich nicht dumm anmachen, aber ich hätte nichts dagegen, wenn du es tust" could be a game changer.
At ease with public displays of affection But once you’ve met your Austrian, it seems they won’t be embarrassed about kissing and cuddling you in public.
(And this can seem a little strange, or wonderful, to people from more reserved cultures, like the UK, where excessive PDA tends to be frowned upon.) Quicker to become physically intimate Despite that initial shyness apparently Austrians are more willing than some more conservative cultures to move on from the kissing and the cuddling and into the bedroom. Honest - sometimes brutally so That outfit makes your bum look big?
As a former smoker, it’s a real turn-off”, says British expat Chris.
Your constant whinging isn’t fun for those around you?
Don’t worry, your Austrian partner is likely to tell you this in no uncertain terms. And some people have told us this honesty is rather refreshing.