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Full country name: Republic of Austria
Population: 8, 281, 950
Capital City: Vienna
Languages: German, English, Turkish, Slovenian, Croatian
Religion: 88% Roman Catholic, 6% Protestant
Government: Federal Republic, Member of EU
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (Central European Time)
Dialling Code: 43
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric

Money & Costs:
Currency: Euro
Average yearly salary: USD39,400

Budget: €4-8
Mid-range: €8-20
High: €20-30
Top: €30+
Budget: €10-40
Mid-range: €40-80
High: €80-200
Top: €200+

Geography: Austria is a landlocked coubtry located in Central Europe with many easily traversable Alpine passes and valleys; major river is the Danube; population is concentrated on eastern lowlands because of steep slopes, poor soils, and low temperatures elsewhere. Eight countries namely Italy, Switzerland, the Principality of Liechtenstein, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia form the Austrian border. Vienna is the capital of Austria that lies on the Danube River and is partly surrounded by the hills of the Vienna Woods (Wienerwald). Austria is divided into nine federal provinces (Bundesländer): Vienna (Wien), Lower Austria (Niederösterreich), Upper Austria (Oberösterreich), Salzburg (Salzburg), Carinthia (Kärnten), Tyrol (Tirol), Vorarlberg (Vorarlberg), Styria (Steiermark) & Burgenland (Burgenland)

Climate: Austria enjoys a moderate continental climate featuring four distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. Summers are generally warm and pleasant with cool nights, Winters are sunny, with reliable and frequent snowfalls. The weather is changeable throughout the year. However, in summer rainfalls are usually heavy and of short duration only. Winters are rather cold in the North-East and can be lightened up by frequent and heavy warm & dry winds in some valleys in the Alps.

Recommended clothing: European clothes according to season. Alpine wear for mountain resorts.

Social conventions: Austrians tend to be quite formal in both their social and business dealings. They do not use first names when being introduced, but after the initial meeting first names are often used. Handshaking is customary when saying hello and goodbye. It is considered impolite to enter a restaurant or shop without saying Guten Tag (good day) or, more usually, Grüss Gott (common greeting which literally means ‘greet God'); similarly, to leave without saying Auf Wiedersehen (goodbye) can cause offence. If invited out to dinner, flowers should be brought for the hostess. The Church enjoys a high and respected position in Austrian society, which should be kept in mind.

Health: In general, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Austria.

Food & Drink: Traditional Austrian food is stodgy, hearty fare of the meat-and-dumpling variety. Wiener Schnitzel is Vienna's best known culinary concoction. It's a fried cutlet, usually veal, covered in a coating of egg and breadcrumbs. It's quite tasty. Austria has excellent pastries and cakes. The most famous Austrian dessert is the strudel, a baked dough filled with a variety of fruits and a sprinkling of raisins and cinnamon. You'll need to wash down this calorie hit with a cold glass of Austrian beer or a swig of fine Austrian wine.

Public Holidays:
Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 6 Epiphany
Apr 9 Good Friday
varies between Mar 22 & Apr 25 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 20 Ascension Day
May 31 Whit Monday
Jun 10 Corpus Christi
Aug 15 Assumption
Oct 26 National Day
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Dec 8 Immaculate Conception
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 St Stephen’s Day

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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inlingua InnsbruckInnsbruck, Austria
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