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Austria is among the smaller countries located in central Europe, surrounded by the Czech Republic as well as Germany on the country’s northern borders, Hungary on the east, Italy to the south and Switzerland and the tiny country of Liechtenstein to the west.
Austria’s landmass expands over 83,000 km², and this beautiful country is most known for her Alpine climate, quaint villages, its mountains, and of course, its capital city of Vienna. As one of the oldest countries in Europe, Austria has experienced two world wars, numerous empires and republics. Austrian history extends back to the days of the Ottoman Empire, and occupation by Celtic tribes.
Population and Language
As of 2012, the estimated population of Austria is just over 8 million inhabitants, with its capital city of Vienna home to just over 1.5 million residents. The main language spoken in Austria is German, more specifically Austro-Bavarian dialects of the German language, although the influences of neighboring countries, including Croatia, Slovenia, and Hungary are also spoken to some degree in the country.
Ethnic groups in Austria are composed mainly of Austrians, followed by less than 10% mixtures of Yugoslavians, Turks, Croatians, Serbs and more recent immigrations from Middle Eastern war-torn countries.
The major religion practiced in Austria is Roman Catholic, followed by Protestant observances, as well as a small majority of practicing Muslims.
Major Cities and Tourist Destinations
Vienna is the capital city of Austria, but many other cities in the country offer the best in tourism, including Innsbruck, a beautiful city that has hosted two Winter Olympics (in 1964 and 1976). Major cities in Austria also include Salzburg (birthplace of Mozart), Linz, Graz, and Klagenfurt. When in Austria, visit:
- Amadeus Mozart’s (Mozarthaus) birthplace in Salzburg
- Visit the Tiergarten in Vienna, one of the world’s most famous zoos
- Tour the Spanish Riding School, home to the famous Lipizzaner stallions
- Honor the dead at the site of the former concentration camp at Mauthausen
- Visit the Alpine Flower Garden in Kitzbühel
The climate in Austria offers mainly cool and temperate Alpine climate. Winters in Austria can get quite cold, averaging between -10 and below 0°C, although summer temperatures are pleasant and can get quite warm, with the highest recorded temperature of just over 100°.
Austria’s main currency is the Euro. Austria's economy is considered one of the most stable and rich in the world, with a high standard of living. International tourism has a major, and beneficial, impact on Austria's economy. The GDP of Austria reaches nearly U.S. $350 billion a year, with approximately U.S. $173 billion a year in exports, mainly cars, textiles, machinery and equipment, and paper goods. Imports average approximately U.S. $183 billion, with major imports consisting of food, chemicals, oil and oil products and machinery and equipment.
If you have an opportunity to visit Austria, it's recommended that you explore the country’s U-Bahn, as well as the autobahn, and take advantage of numerous car hire opportunities that offer tourists and visitors the chance to roam various areas of Austria at their leisure. Railway transportation in Austria is very common, with just over 6,000 km of railways reaching into all parts of the country and across her borders.
Major Austrian airports include the Innsbruck Airport (also known as Kranebitten) in Innsbruck, the Linz Airport (Blue Danube Airport) in Linz, the Vienna International Airport (Schwechat Airport) in Vienna, and the Salzburg Airport (W.A. Mozart Airport) in Salzburg.
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