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Austria is a German-speaking country in Central Europe, characterized by mountain villages, baroque architecture, Imperial history and rugged Alpine terrain. Vienna, its Danube River capital, is home to the Schönbrunn and Hofburg palaces. It has counted Mozart, Strauss and Freud among its residents. The country’s other notable regions include the northern Bohemian Forest, Traunsee Lake and eastern hillside vineyards.

Languages: German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in South Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3% (2001 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Austrians 91.1%, former Yugoslavs 4% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Serbs, and Bosniaks), Turks 1.6%, Germans 0.9%, other or unspecified 2.4% (2001 census)

Belief Systems: Catholic 73.8% (includes Roman Catholic 73.6%, other Catholic 0.2%), Protestant 4.9%, Muslim 4.2%, Orthodox 2.2%, other 0.8% (includes other Christian), none 12%, unspecified 2% (2001 est.)

Demographics:

Population:8.45 million people (World Rank: 93rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Density:266 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 108th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.146 %/yr (World Rank: 200th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 81.1 years (World Rank: 18th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 41.8 years (World Rank: 7th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Austria

World Factbook

United Nations Country Profile for Austria

Austria - Country Profile
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Austria

Austria - General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Austria

Austria - WikipediaEntry

Culture and Tourism:

Traditional Musical Instruments of Austria
from lusmusik.com

Austrian recipes and food
from pintrest.com

Tourism Austria
All about Austria as a tourism destination

Things to do in Austria
Outdoor activities guide to Austria

Vienna Sight Running
Guided running tours through Vienna

Mole West
Modern restaurant located on largest lake in Austria

Tanz Ist
Annual independent Austrian dance festival

Wiener Festwochen
Annual event celebrating Austria's history and culture

German Language Resources:

Learn German
Online resource for learning German

Learn German in Austria
Study abroad in Austria and take German courses

German Language Meetups in San Diego

Government Related:

Austrian Embassy
Located in Washington D.C.

Austrian Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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