|Facts about Austria|
Austria (Osterreich) is a country noted for its culture and beautiful scenery. It is a highly developed country attracting over 20 million tourists annually and ranked 12th in the world for tourist numbers.
LOCATION: This landlocked country is in the south of Europe.
BORDERED BY: Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia.
CAPITAL and LARGEST CITY: Vienna (pop. 2.4 million)
POPULATION of COUNTRY: 8.4 million (92nd in the world)
AREA: 83,855 square kilometres (115th largest country – about the size of the United Arab Emirates)
POPULATION DENSITY: 99 per square kilometre (99th in the world)
INDEPENDENCE: 27th July 1955. INDEPENDENCE DAY: October 26th.
CURRENCY: Euro. Currently about 1.35 euros to the Australian dollar.
CLIMATE: Cool temperate on lowlands, much colder in the Alps.
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: German. English is spoken by 58 percent.
RELIGION: Christian, 73 percent Roman Catholic. DRIVES ON: right-hand side.
TIME ZONE: Central European Time (GMT + 1 ) PHONE PREFIX: 43
FLAG: Wide horizontal stripes – red, white, red
CUISINE: Austrian cuisine is noted for its fine baked goods and desserts as well as hearty dishes of meat and vegetables.
MUSIC: Most famous Austrian composers are Mozart, Haydn, Strauss and Schubert.
NOTABLE RESTAURANTS: Coffee shops originated in Vienna. They serve coffees, cakes and light meals.
BREAKFAST: (Frühstück) rolls, coffee, sausage, even goulash.
SNACKS: Open sandwiches (belegte Brote), wurstsemmel, a roll filled with a sausage, cheese and pickle, available from butchers or delicatessens. Bosna (or Bosner) are available at sausage stands (würstelstands)
BREAD: Bread shops sell excellent seeded wholemeal bread and rolls
POPULAR DISHES: goulash, wiener schnitzel, strudel, sachertorte, linzertorte
OTHER DISHES: noodles, broiled beef (tafelspitz), dumplings (schöberln), fruit dumplings (zwetchgenknödeln)
PRODUCE: freshwater fish, beef, apples, cabbage, game
NEED TO KNOW: The main meal is usually at lunchtime.