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Austria
Political system:
Federal republic
Capital city: Vienna
Total area: 83 870 km²
Population: 8,3 million
Currency: euro
Official language: German









Travel to Austria

Österreich und seine BundesländerThe Alps dominate the western and southern parts of Austria while the eastern provinces - including Vienna, the capital - lie in the Danube basin. Until the end of World War I, Austria had been the centre of a vast empire, which controlled much of central Europe for centuries. Austria is now a federal republic, consisting of nine states.

Austrian culture

Austria has a rich cultural heritage. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart occupies a place of his own as a composer, while the music of Franz Schubert also enjoys great popularity. In the world of philosophy and ideas, the work of Siegmund Freud continues to provoke controversy, while Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the major influences in 20th century philosophical thinking. In art, the paintings of Gustav Klimt from the late 1800s are widely admired.

Austrian economie

Austria has a mixed industrial and agricultural economy, while tourism is also an important source of income.

Austrian specialities

In cuisine, Austrian specialities such as Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel have become international dishes which need no translation.
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