Austria is located in Central Europe, north of Italy and Slovenia
.The Geographic coordinates are 47 20 N, 13 20 E. The total area
that surrounds Austria is 83,858 sq km, land is 82,738 sq km and
the remaining is water 1,120 sq km. Border countries are Czech Republic
362 km, Germany 784 km, Hungary 366 km, Italy 430 km, Liechtenstein
35 km, Slovakia 91 km, Slovenia 330 km, Switzerland 164 km.
The Austrian climate varies with altitude, continent, and Mediterranean
influences. Spring and fall are usually mild throughout the country
while summers are short, with moderate temperatures. Winters are
often cold and severe and last about three months in the valleys,
where they are usually ended by the foehn, a warm, dry wind from
the south that is often accompanied by damp fog and sudden thaws
that precipitate avalanches. Average annual temperatures range between
about 7ēC and 9ēC (about 44ēF and 48ēF) throughout the country.