Silberkarklamm in Ramsau am Dachstein | © Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm Silberkarklamm in Ramsau am Dachstein | © Steiermark Tourismus | Tom Lamm
A strong network for young and old

Family & social affairs

From the very youngest to the elderly – everyone should feel at home in the Green Heart of Austria. In order to achieve this, the province offers a wide range of leisure and care options, affordable housing and a stable network to combine family and work.

Social interaction plays an important role in Austria. Readiness to help, solidarity and a sense of community are therefore given a particularly high priority here. This can be seen, for example, in the many social institutions and services that strengthen the social fabric. From retirement homes to childcare facilities, information points or community centres – they all enable people in Steiermark to lead a fulfilled life and provide support in various situations.


  • 96.7 percent say that they like living in Steiermark. This high level of satisfaction is identical in all regions, with the South-East recording the highest value at 97.8 percent.
  • 89.3 percent of 3-5 year olds in Steiermark go to a childcare facility.
  • 351,228 families live in Steiermark and on average, families have 1.65 children.
  • From children's councils and youth councils to the state initiative "Gemeinsam stark für Kinder" (Strong together for children), the youngest children in the state are offered a platform to contribute their own ideas and suggestions in the form of a wide range of projects.
  • Around 95,000 people from all over Austria are already part of "Team Austria". The aim of this initiative is to gather contacts of helpful people in the country in advance to then be able to react quickly and efficiently in emergency situations - according to the motto "whoever has time, helps".
  • Also other non-profit organizations that volunteer their time in disaster relief and rescue services include the Red Cross, the Samariterbund, the Fire Brigade Association and the Mountain Rescue Service. But also in the social and health sector, voluntary commitment is relied on, for example at Caritas, Volkshilfe or the self-help groups. (websites only in german)
  • Austria provides security for people in financially challenging situations. They are also given a helping hand in other areas, such as childcare, through subsidies and a wide range of facilities.


Families with their main residence in Steiermark can apply for the Family Pass from the Provincial Government of Steiermark to enjoy leisure, sports, cultural and educational activities at a reduced rate. The pass also gives discounted travel on public transport. (only in german)

"Kinderdrehscheibe Steiermark" provides an overview of all options – not just holiday care. You can filter by age group or region and individual day offers are available too. (only in german)

Around 45.5 percent do voluntary work and thus contribute to the well-being of the community. Volunteer exchanges serve as an interface between organisations and private individuals, giving advice and mediating upon request. (only in german)

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Excursion tips for families


Steiermark is known for its wide range of leisure activities: animal parks, climbing gardens and historic castles delight young and old. But there is plenty of nature and relaxation to be enjoyed here too. From swimming in summer to skiing in winter – there’s something for everyone.

Excursion destinations


Steiermark offers first-class healthcare for families with its modern hospitals, specialists and child and youth medical facilities. Comprehensive healthcare and fast medical assistance in emergencies are guaranteed here.

Gynaecologists and paediatricians (German only)

Parent-child centres in Steiermark

The parent-child centres are a great place to get chatting and meet like-minded people.

Parent-child centres (German only)

Family & Social Affairs

Further information

Here are even more useful links on all topics related to family and social affairs.

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Living and working in Austria

Here you will find an overview of the most important areas of public and private life in Austria and an insight into working in Austria.

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