GENERAL DESCRIPTION

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 the eastern hillside vineyards.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

8,151,000

RELIGION

Roman Catholic, Protestant

CAPITAL

Vienna (2,179,000)

LIFE EXPECTANCY

79

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $27,900

AREA

83,858 square kilometers (32,378 square miles)

LANGUAGE

German

LITERACY PERCENT

98

FABIO'S REVIEW

Yellow-Living
Green-Visiting

I visited Austria twice: first in the Tyrol province as a kid (in the mid-80s), and then for a longer period in Vienna in early 2009, when working for the United Nations. The two experiences were very different (a cozy small village in the mountains during the summer, and a large capital city during the winter) but equally gratifying, tourist wise.

I didn’t stay in Austria long enough to express a judgment on living there, but it seemed a clean, organized country, albeit on the expensive side of Europe. I grew up and spent most of my life in warm tropical areas, so any country with a temperature lower than 25 degrees Celsius (80°F) hardly gets my stamp of approval.

LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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INNSBRUCK

Innsbruck is the capital of Austria’s state of Tyrol. It is a city in the Alps mountain, known for its winter sports and its imperial architecture. The Nordkette funicular climbs up to 2,256m from the city center to the skiing station during the winter.

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VIENNA

Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s eastern side, on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud.

INNSBRUCK

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Innsbruck is the capital of Austria’s state of Tyrol. It is a city in the Alps mountain, known for its winter sports and its imperial architecture. The Nordkette funicular climbs up to 2,256m from the city center to the skiing station during the winter.

VIENNA

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Vienna, Austria’s capital, lies in the country’s eastern side, on the Danube River. Its artistic and intellectual legacy was shaped by residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud.

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