Facts & Figures
What important facts should I know about Austria?
Austria is a federal parliamentary republic with a total population of 8.3 million. The overall size of the country is 83,900 square kilometers (32,400 square miles) comprising nine Federal States, one of which is the capital Vienna. Vienna is the largest city by population, followed by Graz, Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. As a mountainous country in the center of Europe, Austria enjoys a moderate continental climate with average temperatures ranging from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius (59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit) in the summer and around the freezing point in the winter. Austria combines a rich variety of landscapes, with the alpine region in the west and vast plains in the east of the country. The official language is German, which is spoken by the majority of the people. Austria is in the Central European Time Zone (UTC +1 during the wintetime and UTC +2 during the summertime). The currency is the Euro.
Where can I get more information about Austria?
General information regarding Austrian facts and figures, history, politics, economy, science, culture, media, etc. can be retrieved from the Web site of the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC. The Austrian National Tourist Office provides information about Austria and also offers the opportunity to download online brochures or to order them in hardcopy. The Austrian Tourist Office in New York provides Austrian Facts and Figures on their Web site and can also be contacted at travel(at)austria.info for questions not answered by the information provided online.
Where can I find information on travelling in Austria?
Tips for trips to Austria and information about travel planning and accomodation are available at the Web site of the Austrian National Tourist Office. The US Embassy in Vienna offers a survey of Austrian arts and culture, economy, education, government and politics, media, tourism and travel. The section on "Tourism and Travel " gives details about Austria's Federal Provinces, its public transportation system, about traveling to different locations within Austria, and about visa regulations. It also provides an overview of Austrian and US-american holidays. The Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying offers download opportunities for Austrian maps (in German) on its Web site. The section "Living/Traveling in Austria" of the Web site of the Canadian Embassy to Austria offers comprehensive information on travel preparations.
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Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC: http://www.austria.org/
Austrian National Tourist Office - Information about Austria: http://www.austria.info/xxl/_site/us/_area/417410/ueberoesterreich.html
Austrian National Tourist Office - Information brochures about Austria: http://brochures.austria.info/en_US
Austrian Tourist Office in New York: http://www.austriatourism.com/xxl/_site/us/home.html
Austrian Facts and Figures: http://www.austriatourism.com/xxl/_site/us/_area/477935/facts.html
Austrian National Tourist Office - planning trips to Austria: http://www.austria.info/xxl/_site/us/_area/416153/home.html
US Embassy in Vienna - survey about Austria: http://vienna.usembassy.gov/en/austria/index.html
US Embassy in Vienna - Tourism and Travel: http://austria.usembassy.gov/travel.html
US Embassy in Vienna - Overview of Austrian and US-American holidays: http://vienna.usembassy.gov/en/embassy/holidays.htm
Federal Office of Metrology and Surveying - download opportunity for Austrian maps (available in German only): http://www.austrianmap.at/
Canadian Embassy to Austria - Living/Traveling in Austria: http://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/austria-autriche/consular_services_consulaires/index.aspx?lang=eng&menu_id=20&menu=L