|Republic of Austria
|Anthem: Land der Berge, Land am Strome (German)
Land of Mountains, Land by the River
and largest city
|Spoken languages||Austro-Bavarian, Alemannic in Vorarlberg. Locally also Slovene, Burgenland Croatian and Hungarian|
|Ethnic groups (2001)||91.1% Austrians,
8.9% foreigners -
4% former Yugoslavs,
2.4% others and unspecified
|Government||Federal Parliamentary republic|
|-||Federal College||Doris Bures
|-||Chancellor||Christian Kern (SPÖ)|
|-||President of the National Council||Barbara Prammer (SPÖ)|
|-||Austrian State Treaty in force||27 July 1955 (Duchy: 1156, Austrian Empire: 1804, First Austrian Republic: 1918–1938, Second Republic since 1945)|
|-||Total||83,855 km2 (115th)
32,377 sq mi
|-||2011 estimate||8,414,638 (92nd)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|HDI (2011)|| 0.885
very high · 19th
|Currency||Euro (€) ² (EUR)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01)|
|-||Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+02)|
|Drives on the||right|
|Internet TLD||.at ³|
|1.||Slovene, Croatian, Hungarian are officially recognised regional languages and Austrian Sign Language is a protected minority language throughout the country.|
|2.||Euro since 1 Jan 1999 virtual, since 1 Jan 2002 real currency; before: Austrian Schilling.|
|3.||The .eu domain is also used, as it is shared with other European Union member states.|
Austria (German: Österreich; officially called Republic of Austria), is a country in Central Europe. Around Austria there are Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein. Currently, the chancellor is Christian Kern. The previous chancellor was Werner Faymann (2008 - 2016). Austria has been a member-state of the EU since 1995.
Austria is more than a thousand years old. Its history can be followed to the ninth century. At that time the first people moved to the land now known as Austria. The name "Ostarrichi" is first written in an official document from 996. Since then this word has developed into the Modern German word Österreich, which literally means "East Kingdom."
Austria is a democratic state and has nine federal states (German: 'Bundesländer'): Vorarlberg, the Tyrol, Salzburg, Carinthia, Styria, Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Vienna and Burgenland. It is a neutral state, that means it does not take part in wars with other countries. Austria has been in the United Nations since 1955 and in the European Union since 1995.
There has been human settlement in the area that is now Austria for a long time. The first settlers go back to the Paleolithic age. That was the time of the Neanderthals. They left works of art such as the Venus of Willendorf. In the Neolithic age people were living there to dig for mineral resources, especially copper. Ötzi, a mummy found in a glacier between Austria and Italy, is from that time. In the Bronze Age people built bigger settlements and fortresses, especially where there were mineral resources. Salt mining began near Hallstatt. At that time, Celts began to form the first states.
The Roman cities and their modern names
The Romans came 15 B.C. to Austria and made the Celtic Regnum Noricum to a province. Modern Austria was part of three provinces, Raetia, Noricum and Pannonia. The border in the north was the Danube.
Shown on the map
- Carnuntum- Petronell and Bad Deutsch-Altenburg
- Savaria- Szombathely (Hungary)
- Favianis- Mautern an der Donau
- Lauriacum- Lorch near Enns
- Boiotro- Passau (Germany)
- Iuvavum- Salzburg
- Sabiona- Säben bei Klausen (Italy)
- Aguntum- close to Lienz
- Teurnia- close to Spital an der Drau
- Virunum - Zollfeld in Carinthia
- Brigantium- Bregenz
- Lentia- Linz
- Ovilava- Wels
- Veldidena- Wilten (now part of Innsbruck)
- Flavia Solva- near Leibniz
Austria was the Austrian Empire from about 800 to 1918 and was ruled by The House of Habsburg for most of that period. Then it became a republic. The First Republic was from 1918 to 1938. From 1938 to 1945 Austria was part of Germany. The Second Republic was started in 1945.
- See also: List of settlements in Austria
Austria is a largely mountainous country since it is partially in the Alps. The high mountainous Alps in the west of Austria flatten somewhat into low lands and plains in the east of the country where the Danube flows.
Music and Arts
Many famous composers were Austrians or born in Austria. There are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner, Johann Strauss, Sr., Johann Strauss, Jr. and Gustav Mahler. In modern times there were Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern and Alban Berg, who belonged to the Second Viennese School.
Famous Austrian dishes are Wiener Schnitzel, Apfelstrudel, Schweinsbraten, Kaiserschmarren, Knödel, Sachertorte and Tafelspitz. But you can also find a lot of local dishes like Kärntner Reindling (a kind of cake), Kärntner Nudeln (also called "Kärntner Kasnudeln", you may write it "...nudln" too), Tiroler Knödl (may be written "...knödel"; in English maybe called "dumpings"), Tiroler Schlipfkrapfen (another kind of "Kärntner Nudeln"), Salzburger Nockerl (also may be written ..."Nockerln"), Steirisches Wurzelfleisch (..."Wurzlfleisch") or Sterz ("Steirischer Sterz").
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Austria
- Historic Centre of Salzburg — 1996
- Schönbrunn Palace — 1996
- Hallstatt–Dachstein Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape — 1997
- Semmering Railway — 1998
- Historic Centre of Graz and Schloss Eggenberg — 1999 (extended in 2010)
- Wachau Cultural Landscape — 2000
- Historic Centre of Vienna — 2001
- Lake Neusiedl — 2001
The Battle of Vienna in 1683 broke the advance of the Ottoman Empire into Europe.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand (right) with his family
The United Nations Office in Vienna is one of the four major UN office sites worldwide.
The Leopoldine Wing of Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, home to the offices of the Austrian president.
The European Parliament: Austria is one of the 28 EU members.
Modern Vienna, Vienna International Centre with the United Nations Office at Vienna and the DC Tower 1.
Bilingual sign of Oberwart (in Hungarian Felsőőr) in Burgenland.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
The Belvedere Palace, an example of Baroque architecture
Sigmund Freud was the founder of psychoanalysis
View of Hallstatt
View of Krems at the end of Wachau valley
The Kölnbrein Dam in Carinthia
Passenger ship on Danube River
Austria for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.