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Austria InformationLocated in the heart of Europe, Austria attracts the visitors throughout the year with its snow-capped peaks, hilarious musical events and enormous variety of festivals and winter sports. For art lovers Austria is a paradise where one can find exquisite art, music and architecture. Austria is known as musical capital of the world and a tour to Austria would be an integral part in the itinerary to the world of music and art.

Water skiing, water sailing and wind surfing are some popular adventures in Austria. Travel in Austria to enjoy the great outdoors. The opulent beauty of Austria resides in the Austrian mountains, rivers, lakes and forests. Let's not waste time, pack our bags and make our trip to Austria, the land of elegant museums, melodious musical events and much more.

Facts and Figures
Official Name Republic of Austria
Capital Vienna
Area Total: 83,870 sq km
Population 8,192,880 (July 2006 est.)
Major cities Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck
Languages German (official) Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian, English (commonly spoken)
Currency Euro (formerly schilling)
Best time to visit April to October
Time zone +1 GMT
Country calling code +43
Internet Country Code .at

Geography of Austria
Austria is a country enriched with a wide variety of mountain region of Alps. Only 40% area of Austria is covered by woodlands and forests. Neighbours of Austria are Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. Danube is the principal river of Austria. It's a landlocked country ( no coast line) divided in 9 different federal provinces.

Weather in Austria
Austria is located in a temperate climatic zone with Central European climate influenced by the Atlantic climate. Austrian climate is defined as temperate continental climate. Austria experiences four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter) each having typical temperature and climatic characters. The weather in Austria is particularly changeable and the wind, especially in Vienna can be bitterly cold. Summers are generally warm and pleasant with cool nights, winters are sunny with frequent snowfalls. In autumn and spring, certain Alpine valleys are subject to a warm and dry wind called foehnin.

Religions in Austria
About 73% of the Austrian population follows Roman catholic religion. Protestants are also in Austria but their percentage is quite less. Remaining population belongs to the Eastern orthodox church and jewish community. Due to influence of Eastern Europeans specially Yugoslav nations and Turks Muslim minority has also made its space in the Austrian society. Buddhism, is also expanding as a legally recognized religion in Austria. Austrian population is a medley of many religions and communities.

People of Austria
The six ethnic groups officially recognized in Austria (Burgenlandic Croatians, Roma, Slovaks, Slovenians, Czechs and Hungarians) are concentrated in the east and south of the country. German 88.5%, indigenous minorities 1.5% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Roma), recent immigrant groups 10% (includes Turks, Bosnians, Serbians, Croatians) make up the ethnic group of Austria. People in Austria are quiet flexible and well mannered. Austrians can best be described as friendly yet somewhat reserved, softly spoken, well-mannered and socially conservative. Austrians like to spend time in eating, drinking and enjoying with friends in a cozy environment. Austrians are very hospitable.

Languages in Austria
German is the official language of Austria.German is most widely spoken language and considered as the mother tongue of Austria. Of the approximately 8 million inhabitants of Austria, 98% speak German. The language also varies from dialect to dialect and there are many regional languages popular in Austria. All the dialects of the country belong to Austro-Bavarian groups of German dialects and Alemannic dialects. Slovene is an official language in the southern province of Carinthia. Other minority languages include Croatian (0.5%) and Hungarian (0.1%). Another minority language is Slovak. English is also widely spoken in almost every part of the country.

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