About The Local Austria
The Local’s goal is to give you all the news and essential information you need about Austria. Whether you are a foreign resident, a frequent visitor, someone with family in Austria or are planning a move to the country, our aim is to provide what you need.
Because The Local is staffed by people who have set up lives abroad, we have a keen understanding of the challenges our readers face and we work closely with our members in Austria to bring you the stories and practical tips that really matter. 
The Local was founded in 2004 and we now have a team of dedicated journalists on the ground in nine countries. In 2018 we launched membership and in 2021 we were thrilled to reach a milestone of 50,000 paying members. This support means everything to us and makes us more determined than ever to continue investing in our award-winning independent journalism.
Editorial team
Dan Wighton
Dan arrived in Europe from Australia in 2011. He has written for The Telegraph and AFP, joining The Local in 2018.
Hayley Maguire
Hayley is from the UK and moved to Austria in 2020 (for the second time). She is a regular contributor to The Local and also works as a copywriter.
James Savage
CEO & Publisher
James moved to Sweden from the UK at the start of the millennium and was a co-founder of The Local in 2004. 
Ben McPartland
Managing Editor
Ben comes from the UK and became the first editor of The Local France in 2013. He now heads the editorial team from Paris.
Emma Löfgren
Deputy Managing Editor
Emma returned to her native Sweden and joined The Local in 2015 after an eight-year stint in Scotland.
What membership means
As a member of The Local you get: 
The latest news from Austria that impacts you
Essential practical info and advice
Answers to your questions on life in Austria
Unrestricted access to all editions of The Local 
Articles uninterrupted by banner advertising
What our members say
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