Austria is a federal republic state with a parliamentary democracy. Find out more about its government and people.
With an area of 83.858 sq km
, Austria consists of 9 independent federal states (Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg and Vienna) with their own provincial governments
. The federal legislation is exercised by the national council (Nationalrat) together with the Upper House of Parliament (Bundesrat) – the two chambers of Parliament. Austria is a member of the European Union, the United Nations as well as most UN organizations.
Of the approximately 8 million inhabitants of Austria
, 98% speak German. The six ethnic groups officially recognized in Austria (Burgenlandic Croatians, Roma, Slovaks, Slovenians, Czechs and Hungarians) are concentrated in the east and south of the country.
Approximately 74 % of Austrians are Roman Catholic, 5 % are Protestant, the rest belongs to other faiths.Austria's Nine Regions:BurgenlandCarinthiaLower AustriaUpper AustriaSalzburgStyriaTirolVorarlbergViennaFurther Information
Austrian Encyclopaedia: www.aeiou.at
Foreign Ministry : www.bmaa.gv.at
Federal Chancellery: www.austria.gv.at