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Austria Introduction

Austria is a small country in central Europe famous for its beautiful mountain scenery. The towering Alps and their foothills stretch across the western, southern, and central parts of the country.

In many areas, broad, green valleys separate the mountains. Austria has many lovely, mirrorlike lakes. Thick forests cover much of the country's land.

A Short Background

Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies, Austria's 1955 State Treaty declared the country "permanently neutral" as a condition of Soviet military withdrawal.

Neutrality, once ingrained as part of the Austrian cultural identity, has been called into question since the Soviet collapse of 1991 and Austria's increasingly prominent role in European affairs. A prosperous country, Austria joined the European Union in 1995 and the euro monetary system in 1999.

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Topography of Austria - Read more about the geography and topography of Austria

History of Austria - Presents a detailed historical background and culture of Austria

Life & People of Austria - Study the characteristics, background, and details on the people of Austria

Local Cuisine of Austria - Find out delicious local cuisines of Austria

Holidays in Austria - Check out a list of the local holidays in Austria

Festivals in Austria - Learn about the festivals in Austria

Embassies of Austria - Provides an Embassy database for Austria

Administration facts of Austria - Learn about the governmental administration facts of Austria

Newstands in Austria - Browse through a collection of local online newspapers of Austria

Attractions in Austria - Discover the best places to visit, sight seeing, and tourist attractions in Austria

Maps of Austria - Discover a detailed map of Austria

Map Database of Austria - Browse a large collection of city, country, historical, political, thematic, and shaded relief maps of Austria

Flags of Austria - Uncover the flag images and description of the flag of Austria. Includes historical flags, symbols, and related information

Weather for cities of Austria - Browse weather forecast, hourly conditions, temperature, sunrise, sunset, and other weather related reports for the cities of Austria

Shopping in Austria - Find out the best places for shopping in Austria

Restaurants in Austria - Browse a list of eat-outs in Austria

Geography of Austria - Highlights the location, map references, area, land boundaries, climate, natural resources, land use, natural hazards, environment, and geography of Austria

People of Austria - Learn about the population, age structure, birth and death rate, sex ratio, nationality, ethnic groups, religions, languages, and literacy in Austria

Government and Politics in Austria - Profiles the country name, government type, administrative divisions, independence, national holiday, constitution, legal system, suffrage, executive, legislative, and judicial branches, political parties and leaders, and a flag description of Austria.

Economy of Austria - Study the GDP, growth rate, per capita, inflation, labor, budget, industries, exports, imports, currency, exchange rates, and economy of Austria

Communications in Austria - Browse statistics on telephones, mobile and cellular lines in use, radio broadcast stations, televisions, internet country code, ISP's, internet users, and facts on communications in Austria

Transportation in Austria - Offers statistical details on the railways, highways, waterways, ports & harbors, airports, and other facts on transportation in Austria

Military of Austria - Provides statistics on military branches, army, air force, navy, manpower, military service, expenditure, and facts on military in Austria

Transnational Issues of Austria - Explore international disputes and transnational issues of Austria


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