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Facts about Austria

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Official name Republik Österreich (Republic Austria)
Surface 83.858 km&pos2; (almost 2x the Netherlands)
Inhabitants 8.75 million (2016)
Population density 104 inhabitants per km²
Capital Wien (Vienna)
Currency The euro since 2002. 1 € is about $1.17 (2017)
Road network Most roads in Austria are very good. A toll ticket is obligatory for the highways. Some roads in the Alps can be quite narrow and sometimes there are no guard rails. For some roads, like the Grossglocknerstraase and Col Timmelsjoch one has to pay toll, also.
Fuel prices For actual fuel prices in all European countries see Autotraveler.ru.
Code licence plate A
Telephone countrycode 43
Internet countrycode .at
Time difference GMT+1; the same time as in the Netherlands

Geographic data

Austria is situated in Central Europe and more than half of it's surface is covered by Alps. The highest mountain is the Grossglockner with 3797 meters.
More information at insidecountryinfo.com.

PopulationNaar boven

56% of the Austrians live in the lager cities, more than 20% lives in the capital, Vienna. There are only small groups of ethnic minorities. Look at 1upinfo.com to find out more about the social minorities.

LanguagesNaar boven

In Austria German is the main language, more than 97% of the population speaks it. Have a look at eurolang.net to get to know more about the lesser-used languages in Austria and the minorities that speak it.

HistoryNaar boven

Austria is best known in history for its part in the Habsburg Empire, but after world war I just a small republic was left of this empire.
We have decided not to write a detailed history anymore, since we would have to cite other sources that are often on the internet already. Instead a few links with more information about Austrian history:

Country-guide-study, a thorough overview of Austrian history until 1992
Brief history of Austria, an extensive history of Austria until 1997

ClimateNaar boven

Austria has a land climate in the east, but because of the mountains it also has a mountain climate. We noticed it when we were there: while it was very hot and dry on the eastern plains, it could be very cold in the valleys between the high mountains.
More information can be found at southtravels.com.

Flora and faunaNaar boven

With 38% of its surface covered with woods it is one of the European countries with most woods

The actual weather

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