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Starting a Business

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Foreign citizens may establish a business in Austria, act as managing directors or buy a company. Here you find basic information that will be important for you when establishing a business, plus a download of the comprehensive brochure "Starting business in Austria".

Austrian Company Law

Austrian company Law provides for different types of companies, tailored to the specific needs in tax and liability. Basically, there are corporate and non-corporate legal forms.


  • Company with limited liability (GmbH)
  • Stock corporation (AG)
  • Societas Europea (SE)

Non-corporate forms

  • General partnership (OG)
  • Limited partnership (KG)
  • Dormant partnership (stG)
  • Civil law partnership (GesbR)

The company with limited liability (GmbH) is the most widely used form.

Extensive information on Austrian Company Law and the rules and regulation closely related to starting a business can be found in the brochure Starting Business in Austria [pdf, 734.0kb]. There you also find basic information necessary for preparing a meeting with an attorney or tax advisor, a checklist and a list of helpful addresses.

Support for investors

If you are an international entrepreneur and want to set up a business in Austria, ABA-Invest in Austria offers you know-how and a wide range of services.

Please contact ABA - Invest in Austria if you are interested in comprehensive support - discreet and completely free of charge: 

ABA - Invest in Austria
Opernring 3
1010 Vienna
+43 1 58858 0
+43 1 5868659

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