Republic of Austria is located in the center of the European Continent, with a population of 8,219,743, making it the 94th
largest national population. Its capital and largest city is Vienna with a total population of 1,731,236. The country
encompasses 83,871 square kilometers making it the 114th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries with
Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland.
President Heinz Fischer is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status through popular vote and holds that
position for six years and is eligible for a second term. Chancellor Werner Faymann is recognized as the Head of
Government and along with Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger, traditionally achieves that status through presidential
appointment from the plurality party in the National Council while the Vice Chancellor is chosen by the president on the
advice of the Chancellor. Its form of government is a federal republic and they celebrate the creation of their constitution in
The languages commonly or officially spoken are German, Slovene, Croatian and Hungarian. It counts among its major
religions Roman Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and other, unspecified and no faiths. As sources of mass communication it
has 2 AM, 65 FM, 1 Short Wave and 10 Television stations.
Major geographical features are Grossglockner, its highest point at 3,798 meters and Neusiedler, its lowest point at 115
meters. Its principal waterway is the Danube River, which measures about 358 kilometers.
Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are construction, machinery, vehicles and
parts, food, metals, chemicals, lumber and wood processing, paper and paperboard, communication equipment and
tourism. Its official currency is the Euro.
Here’s something you may not know about Austria. Arnold Schwarzenegger is perhaps Graz’s most famous native son,
having been born and raised there as the son of Police Chief Gustav Schwarzenegger and his wife Aurelia. Arnold has
enjoyed an extensive career from bodybuilding to acting to Governor of the State of California. In 1999, Arnold was named
a “Citizen of Honor” in his Austrian hometown.
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People Living with HIV/AIDS:
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