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Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I.

Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany.

A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. The Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 and Austria's entry into the EU in 1995 somewhat altered the meaning of this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the EU Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.

  • Vienna Hofburg;
  • Salzburg Altstadt;
  • Innsbruck's Hofburg and Hofkirche;
  • Melk Benedictine Abbey;
  • Austrian National Library;
  • Karlskirche (St. Charles Borromeo Church);
  • UN Office in Vienna;
  • Shoenbrunn Palace;
  • Salzkammergut (includes Hallstatt and Dachstein);
  • Skiing at Kitzbuehel and Kitzbueheler Horn;
  • Prehistoric pile dwellings around the Alps
  • Private Jets, Helicopters and Airliners
  • Finest Onboard Catering
  • Ground Transport and Yachts
  • Luxury Villa & House Rentals
  • Local Guide & 24/7 Assistance
  • Customized Global Services
  • The State's Capital
  • Time Zone
    UTC +1
  • Telephone Code
  • Total Area
    83 871 Km2
  • Population
    8 913 088
  • Main Languages
  • Currency
    Euros (EUR)
  • GDP Per Capita
    USD 54100
  • Airports
  • Heliports

    Temperate; continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain and some snow in lowlands and snow in mountains; moderate summers with occasional showers

    Austrian 80.8%, German 2.6%, Bosnian and Herzegovinian 1.9%, Turkish 1.8%, Serbian 1.6%, Romanian 1.3%, other 10% (2018 est.)

    While some Austrian men will kiss the hand of a female as a greeting, it would be improper for a foreigner to kiss the hands of Austrian females.

    Wiener Schnitzel — pounded veal cutlets breaded and lightly fried in butter; typically garnished with parsley and lemon slices and served with potato salad

    One of the strongest EU and euro economies; diversified trade portfolios and relations; enormous trade economy; Russian energy dependence, but investing in alternative energy; aging labor force but large refugee population; large government debt

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