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About Austria

Find out facts and figures about Austria and meet its people and their customs.

All You Need to Know

Parliament in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Robert Pfeifer Parliament in Vienna © Österreich Werbung/Robert Pfeifer

Government & People

Austria is a federal republic state with a parliamentary democracy. Find out more about its government and people.
The state of Austria
Museum of Fine Arts © Österreich Werbung/ Diejun Museum of Fine Arts © Österreich Werbung/ Diejun

History

Like most European countries, Austria looks back on a very eventful history. Yet there are some elements of the Austrian character that haven’t changed much over the centuries: the partiality for indulgence, beauty, and cultivation have always been driving forces in the country’s past and present.
More about Austria's history
UNO-City in Vienna UNO-City in Vienna

Trade & Industry

Austria has a strong economy with machinery, metallurgical products and textiles being of particular importance. The country's most important industry, however, is tourism.
A roaring trade
W.A. Mozart Painting / B. Kraft © Österreich Werbung / Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde W.A. Mozart Painting / B. Kraft © Österreich Werbung / Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde

Famous Austrians

Who doesn't know them, Austria's 'great' sons and daughters? They have left their mark all across the centuries in politics, art, science and sport. Find out which famous personalities originated from the country at the heart of Europe, or chose it as the center of their life and creative work.
Austria's top names

Your Austrian Hosts

Austria is a wonderfully uncomplicated place to visit. It is in the heart of Europe, most people speak English, and there is a spectacular combination of cultural and natural attractions. And, like everywhere, there are national peculiarities that you will not find described in standard guidebooks. Which is a pity, because the following - quintessentially Austrian - expressions, institutions and mannerisms are integral parts of the real Austrian experience. Some of them may seem trivial, but knowing them will earn you kudos points among locals and enhance your understanding of 'Austrianness'.
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Austria's Green Credentials

More and more of us are trying to live a less energy-intense lifestyle. We choose organic products, reduce the consumption of energy and waste, and recycle. People who lead a green lifestyle at home would expect the same from their holiday destination.
Eco destination Austria

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