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Government & People

Austria is a federal republic state with a parliamentary democracy, consisting of 9 independent federal regions.

With an area of 83.858 sq km Austria consists of 9 independent federal states (Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tirol, 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.

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Federal Chancellery

... it's responsibilities and the separation of powers within the Austrian government, historic facts, and links to all Austrian Ministries

Federal Chancellery

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Learn more about the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Itineraries through Austria

Looking for unforgettable experiences in Austria? Here are our suggestions for amazing places to see and delicious food to taste. Austria. A singular journey, a lifetime of memories

Looking for a hotel?

The AUSTRIA COLLECTION exemplifies the best in Austrian hospitality and its members are excellent options for your stay in Austria.

The Austria Hotel Collection

Take the train in Austria

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The main purpose of the two main domains und is the promotion of Austria as a vacation destination.