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Austria is located in Western Europe part of Europe. It's total area is 83K km² and 47.3% of it is forest area. As of 2022 it has a total population of 9M. 59.3% lives in cities whereas 40.7% lives in rural areas.
Austria, formally the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked country in the southern part of Central Europe, lying in the Eastern Alps. It is a federation of nine states, one of which is the capital, Vienna, the most populous city and state. Austria is bordered by Germany to the northwest, the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia to the northeast, Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The country occupies an area of 83,871 km2 (32,383 sq mi) and has a population of 9 million.Austria emerged from the remnants of the Eastern and Hungarian March at the end of the first millennium. Originally a margraviate of Bavaria, it developed into a duchy of the Holy Roman Empire in 1156 and was later made an archduchy in 1453. In the 16th century, Vienna began serving as the empire's administrative capital and Austria thus became the heartland of the Habsburg monarchy. After the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire in 1806, Austria established its own empire, which became a great power and the dominant member of the German Confederation. The empire's defeat in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 led to the end of the Confederation and paved the way for the establishment of Austria-Hungary a year later.

After the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914, Emperor Franz Joseph declared war on Serbia, which ultimately escalated into World War I. The empire's defeat and subsequent collapse led to the proclamation of the Republic of German-Austria in 1918 and the First Austrian Republic in 1919. During the interwar period, anti-parliamentarian sentiments culminated in the formation of an Austrofascist dictatorship under Engelbert Dollfuss in 1934. A year before the outbreak of World War II, Austria was annexed into Nazi Germany by Adolf Hitler, and it became a sub-national division. After its liberation in 1945 and a decade of Allied occupation, the country regained its sovereignty and declared its perpetual neutrality in 1955.

Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy with a popularly elected president as head of state and a chancellor as head of government and chief executive. Major cities include Vienna, Graz, Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. Austria is consistently listed as one of the richest countries in the world by GDP per capita and one of the countries with the highest standard of living; it was ranked 25th in the world for its Human Development Index in 2021.

Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955 and of the European Union since 1995. It hosts the OSCE and OPEC and is a founding member of the OECD and Interpol. It also signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995, and adopted the euro currency in 1999.

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💬 Languages

German is the official language.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is Euro [1 USD = 0.922 EUR].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

As credit cards are not widely used in Austria, we suggest you to carry cash during your travels [2017: %46.55056298]. Approximately there are a total of 🏧 15K ATM's in Austria.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2019, 31.9M tourists arrived to Austria. In 2019, tourism has contributed to Austria economy with a total of 25.3B $ income (%10.2).

📱 Bandwidth

Mobile internet & wifi is fast with 86.7 Mbps. Broadband is fast with 98.43 Mbps.

Mobile & Wifi (2.75 / 10)

Broadband (3.47 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is ❄️ 6 °C and cold. Current 3 months (May, June and July) average is 🌤️ 13 °C and warm. Current season (spring) is ❄️ 6 °C and cold.
Yearly average6 °C ❄️
3 month average13 °C 🌤️
Spring average6 °C ❄️
Summer average15 °C 🌤️
Fall average7 °C ❄️
Winter average-2 °C ❄️
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2022, gross national income (GNI) was 504B $ and with %-0.1 decrease GNI per capita was 56K $. In 2022, consumer inflation was calculated as %8.5.
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