Lee: austria

Our vendors: Magdalena (Augustin, Baden, Austria)

Magdalena moved to Austria from her home in Romania to sell Augustin. Her employment prospects back in her home country are slim. She spoke to the street paper about the obstacles keeping her from staying in Pitești with her family, as well as acclimating to Austrian food.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Stephen Uruwah (Megaphon, Graz, Austria)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Megaphon vendor Stephen is a musician himself, and believes that his songs are perfect for Christmas.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Freedom Odaro (Marie, Kennelbach, Austria)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. For Freedom, a Marie vendor, “an African beat makes me forget my worries”.

INSP Vendor Playlist: Eduard Binder (Apropos, Salzburg, Austria)

This year we asked vendors: if you could give a song as a present this Christmas, what would you choose? The result was the INSP Vendor Playlist, which is now available for your listening pleasure. Apropos vendor Eduard wants to give the gift of Bavarian yodelling this Christmas.

Our vendors: Boban Pajkovic (Augustin, Vienna, Austria)

Boban Pajkovic has been living in Vienna for over 50 years, after moving to Austria from Serbia in 1967. Here, the talks about his work as an Augustin vendor, the kindness of a man called Mr D and the tells story of how he lost the little toe on his right foot.

Our vendors: Klara Khanova Iqbal (Augustin, Vienna, Austria)

Klara has been selling Augustin in Vienna for seven years. She tells us about her life as a street paper vendor, her sadness at being separated from her children and the companionship that she enjoys with her dog, Rocky.

Part of Apropos for 20 years: An Interview with vendor Luise Slamanig

Apropos, the street paper of Salzburg, Austria, recently its 20th anniversary. To mark that, one of its longest serving vendors, Luise Slamanug, sat down with the publication’s chief editor, Michaela Gründler, for an interview about what life has been like at Apropos over the last 20 years.

Vendor moments 2017: “This year was like heaven and hell”

As 2017 draws to a close, we asked vendors across the global street paper network to look back on the highs and lows of their year. Helmut sells Austrian street paper Kupfermuckn and, for him, 2017 has been a year of extreme highs and lows.

Our vendors: Gernot (Augustin, Vienna, Austria)

Gernot Holzinger is an Augustin vendor who lives in Vienna. Here, he talks candidly about his past and problems with addiction, and talks about his involvement with the paper.

Our vendors: Ernö Horvath (Augustin, Perchtoldsdorf, Austria)

Retired plumber Ernö is originally from Hungary, and has been selling the Augustin for nine years now – with a little help from a supermarket manager and a local pastor. He sends what money he can back home to his wife, who is ill, and his three daughters.

Our vendors: Frances (Augustin, Vienna, Austria)

Frances wanted to become a university lecturer in her home country of Nigeria, but she was forced to leave. After arriving in Austria, she began selling Augustin to support herself. Now in the second year of her Master’s degree in Sociology, she sells the paper as often as her studies allow.

Our vendors: Martin Gruber (Augustin, Vienna, Austria)

Martin has been selling Augustin since nearly the very beginning. Now, 20 years later, he talks about money troubles, about getting older and being free.

Vendor wishes: “I almost died in 2016, I’m wishing for better health in 2017”

It’s been a rough year for Hans, but his customers have kept him going through his health problems. One of them even gave him a very special present.

Vendor wishes: “In 2017, I wish for a second child and good health”

As 2016 comes to a close, vendors tell INSP about their hopes for the new year. Today, Apropos vendor Elena says she wants a better life for her son David.

Our vendors: Zoran (Kupfermuckn, Linz, Austria)

Zoran’s mum fled to Austria from Serbia when he was just six. It wasn’t always easy to fit in, but now he thinks of his colleagues at Kupfermuckn as family.

INSP adds first member in Finland – plus new Austrian street paper

Helsinki street paper Iso Numero has become the first Finnish member of INSP, while new paper Marie is the seventh member in Austria.

Megaphon vendors hailed for catching thief

Father and son duo Florin and Nicusor-Samir Fesu were selling Megaphon in Austria when they spotted a thief trying to make a getaway.

INSP Advent Calendar: day 22

Today in the #INSPadvent calendar, we learn that Xmas is associated with new shoes in Nigeria. Open the window to read asylum seeker Pascal’s story from his new home, Austria.

Salzburg street paper wins top human rights award

Austrian street paper Apropos has received the Rose for Human Rights for its work with migrant vendors in Salzburg.

Our vendors: Bertl Weißengruber – Kupfermuckn, Linz, Austria

Bertl, 63, is one of the original vendors of Austrian street paper Kupfermuckn. He started selling the street paper in Linz right after it was founded in 1996. Born in Vienna, Bertl grew up living in a […]