Information about travelling to Austria

Austria is located in Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia

Facts about Austria
Population8,205,533 (July 2008 est.
Time zoneUTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begin
Location Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia

General info about Austria
Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. The Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 and Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995 have altered the meaning of this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the EU Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.
Languages spoken
German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3% (2001 census)
What about drugs?
transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin and South American cocaine destined for Western Europe; increasing consumption of European-produced synthetic drugs
Ethnic division
Austrians 91.1%, former Yugoslavs 4% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Serbs, and Bosniaks), Turks 1.6%, German 0.9%, other or unspecified 2.4% (2001 census)
HIV/AIDS prevalence rate
0.3% (2003 est.)
temperate; continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain and some snow in lowlands and snow in mountains; moderate summers with occasional showers
oil, coal, lignite, timber, iron ore, copper, zinc, antimony, magnesite, tungsten, graphite, salt, hydropower
Austria, with its well-developed market economy and high standard of living, is closely tied to other EU economies, especially Germany's. Its economy features a large service sector, a sound industrial sector, and a small, but highly developed agricultural sector. The global economic downturn led in 2008 to a recession that is widely expected to persist through 2009, following several years of solid demand for Austrian exports and record employment growth in 2008. During the recession, investment is likely to suffer and the Austrian government's economic stabilization measures could drive up the budget deficit from about 0.6% of GDP in 2008 to about 2.8% in 2009 and possibly above 3% in 2010. The Austrian economy has benefed greatly in the past from strong commercial relations, especially in the banking and insurance sectors, with central, eastern, and southeastern Europe, but these sectors have been vulnerable to recent international financial instabilities, and some of Austria's largest banks have required government support. Even after the global economic outlook improves, Austria will need to continue restructuring, emphasizing knowledge-based sectors of the economy, and encouraging greater labor flexibility and greater labor participation to offset its aging population and exceedingly low fertility rate.
some forest degradation caused by air and soil pollution; soil pollution results from the use of agricultural chemicals; air pollution results from emissions by coal- and oil-fired power stations and industrial plants and from trucks transiting Austria between northern and southern Europe

Cities in Austria

absam     abtenau     altach     althofen     altmunster     amstetten     anif     ansfelden     arnoldstein     asten     axams     bad aussee     bad goisern     bad hall     bad hofgastein     bad ischl     bad sankt leonhard     bad voslau     baden     barnbach     bergheim     berndorf     bischofshofen     bludenz     braunau     bregenz     bruck an der leitha     bruck an der mur     deutsch-wagram     deutschlandsberg     dornbirn     ebbs     ebensee     ebenthal     eberndorf     ebreichsdorf     eisenerz     eisenstadt     engerwitzdorf     enns     feldbach     feldkirch     feldkirchen     feldkirchen an der donau     ferlach     finkenstein     fohnsdorf     frankenburg     freistadt     friesach     frohnleiten     fugen     furstenfeld     gallneukirchen     ganserndorf     garsten     gleisdorf     gloggnitz     gmund     gmunden     gotzis     gratkorn     graz     grieskirchen     grodig     guntramsdorf     haag     hainburg     hall     hallein     hard     heidenreichstein     hermagor     herzogenburg     himberg     hochst     hohenems     hollabrunn     hopfgarten     horbranz     horn     horsching     imst     innsbruck     jenbach     jennersdorf     judenburg     kapfenberg     kindberg     kirchbichl     kitzbuhel     klagenfurt     klosterneuburg     knittelfeld     koflach     korneuburg     kottingbrunn     krems     kremsmunster     krieglach     kuchl     kufstein     laa     laakirchen     landeck     langenlois     langenzersdorf     lauterach     leibnitz     lenzing     leoben     leonding     lienz     liezen     linz     lochau     lustenau     marchtrenk     maria enzersdorf     matrei     mattersburg     melk     micheldorf     mistelbach     mittelberg     mittersill     modling     moosburg     murzzuschlag     nenzing     neudorfl     neulengbach     neunkirchen     neusiedl am see     nuziders     oberndorf     oberwart     pasching     paternion     perchtoldsdorf     perg     pinkafeld     pottendorf     poysdorf     pressbaum     purgstall     purkersdorf     radstadt     rankweil     reichenau     retz     reutte     ried     rottenmann     rum     rust     saalfelden     salzburg     sankt andra     sankt florian     sankt georgen     sankt jakob     sankt johann im pongau     sankt polten     sankt valentin     sankt veit     scharding     scharnstein     schladming     schrems     schruns     schwaz     schwechat     seeboden     seekirchen     seewalchen     sieghartskirchen     sierning     spittal     steyr     steyregg     stockerau     strasshof     tamsweg     telfs     ternitz     thalgau     timelkam     traiskirchen     traismauer     traun     trofaiach     tulln     velden am worthersee     vienna     villach     vocklabruck     vocklamarkt     voitsberg     volkermarkt     vols     vomp     vorchdorf     waidhofen     wattens     weiz     wels     wernberg     wiener neudorf     wiener neustadt     wilhelmsburg     wolfsberg     wolfurt     wolkersdorf     worgl     ybbs     zell am see     zeltweg     zirl     zistersdorf     zwettl    

National airlines
Austrian Airlinesairline website
Englishairline website

Airports in Austria
W.A. MozartSZG
Vienna Danubepier HovVDD
Wien-Schwechat InternationalVIE

Beer in Austria (0.33l)
Bischofshofen~ 1.9 EUR
Braunau Am Inn~ 1.7 EUR
Deutschlandsberg~ 1.6 EUR
Eisenstadt~ 1.6 EUR
Feldkirch~ 1.7 EUR
Freistadt~ 1.7 EUR
Gleisdorf~ 1.9 EUR
Graz~ 1.8 EUR
Graz~ 1.8 EUR
Horn~ 1.7 EUR
Innsbruck~ 2.2 EUR
Ischgl~ 1.6 EUR
Kitzbuhel~ 2 EUR
Klagenfurt~ 1.8 EUR
Kledering~ 1.6 EUR
Leibnitz~ 1.5 EUR
Linz~ 1.9 EUR
Lustenau~ 1.7 EUR
Mayrhofen~ 2.2 EUR
Molln~ 1.6 EUR
Ried~ 1.9 EUR
Salzburg~ 1.7 EUR
Seefeld~ 2.1 EUR
Steyr~ 1.9 EUR
Vienna~ 1.9 EUR
Vienna~ 1.9 EUR
Villach~ 1.6 EUR
Weiz~ 1.7 EUR
Wien~ 1.2 EUR
Zell Am See~ 2.9 EUR

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