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Austria: Historical European Country with Architectural Marvels

Austria lies in the heart of Europe, right between Western Europe and the Central-Eastern Europe region. It has a population of just over 8 million people, and the capital city is Vienna. Austria became a democratic, federal republic state immediately after World War II, on May 1945. The Austrian Alps dominate the landscape and provide scenic mountain vistas of ice, snow and lush green forests. The snow and ice of Austria makes it a perfect place for ice sports like skiing and tobogganing. Austria is a small European country full of natural, cultural and historical vistas.

Austria Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures:
    · National Name: Republic of Austria
    · Capital: Vienna
    · Total area: 83,871 sq km (32,383 sq miles)
    · Population: 8.4 million (UN, 2007)
    · Currency: Euro
    · Languages: German (official nationwide) 88.6%, Turkish 2.3%, Serbian 2.2%, Croatian (official in Burgenland) 1.6%, other (includes Slovene, official in Carinthia, and Hungarian, official in Burgenland) 5.3% (2001 census)
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Austrians 91.1%, former Yugoslavs 4% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Serbs, and Bosniaks), Turks 1.6%, German 0.9%, other or unspecified 2.4% (2001 census)
    · Religion: Roman Catholic 73.6%, Protestant 4.7%, Muslim 4.2%, other 3.5%, unspecified 2%, none 12% (2001 census)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $34,600 (2006 Est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 76.46 years, Female: 82.41 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: 98%.

Geographical Information on Austria:
Austria is a small, predominantly mountainous, landlocked country located in south-central Europe. It is bordered by Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The Austrian capital Vienna is situated on the Danube River.

Austria enjoys temperate climate having continental, cloudy cold winters with frequent rain and some snow in lowlands and mountains while summers are moderate with occasional showers.

Austria Government and Economy:
Austrian governance is based on parliamentary democracy comprising nine federal states and is one of six European countries that have declared permanent neutrality from any war bloc. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955 and joined the European Union in 1995.
The Austrian capital Vienna is home to many international organisations like the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
Austria is one of the 10 richest countries in the world in terms of GDP per capita and well-established network of social market economy that provide high standard of living. Until the 1980’s Austria nationalized its prominent industries. Next to a highly developed industry, international tourism is the most important part of the Austrian economy.

Culture and Cuisine Of Austria:
Austria has a rich cultural heritage. World-renowned composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart belongs to Austria while the greatest ever musician Franz Schubert also comes from the small country of Austria. Sigmund Freud, the renowned Austrian Psychologist continues to provoke controversy and influence the world intellectuals. In art, the paintings of Gustav Klimt from the late 1800s are widely admired.
Austrian food has a lot in common with German food, but is also influenced by Hungarian and Slav cooking, remnants of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Traditional Austrian cooking is based around meat and potatoes, goulash, pastries, sausages, and dumpling.

Tourist Attractions of Austria:
Austria is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe attracting tourists not only in summer but also in winter. The scenic Beauty of Austria found in the Alps is the main attraction for large number of tourists to spend their holidays in Austria year after year. In addition to that Vienna (Wien) the historic capital and the beautiful city of Salzburg, birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, are among the most popular tourists attraction of Austria.
The snow and ice of Austrian Alps offer excellent skiing opportunities to people from the world over.

Major Sight-Seeing Places in Austria include:
    · The Hohe Tauern National Park
    · The Museum of the Future (Ars Electronica), Linz
    · Eisriesenwelt Caves
    · The Benedictine Abbey, Admount
    · The Swarovski Kristallwelten (Crystal Walk) Visitor Centre
    · The Grossglockner Alpine Road
    · Vienna

Mourinho's Real Madrid win Spanish League title

May 3, 2012 at 1:50 PM

London, May 3 (IANS) Real Madrid won the Spanish soccer league title for the 32nd time, their first time in four years. It was also coach Jose Mourinho's first here and seventh in four different countries.

World's oldest blood found in 5,300-year-old body

May 3, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Rome, May 3 (IANS/AKI) Scientists have discovered the world's oldest blood cells in the remains of a 5,300-year-old iceman found in Italy.

Ex-Libyan oil minister found dead in Vienna's Danube River

April 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Vienna, Apr 30 (ANI): Libya's former oil minister Shukri Ghanem has been found dead in the Danube river flowing through Vienna, Austria.

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World's glaciers 'losing 40pc of their volume'

April 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

London, Apr 27 (ANI): The Earth's glaciers are seriously out of balance with the global climate and are already on their way to losing almost 40 percent of their volume, a new study has revealed.

Euro 2012 ticket design unveiled in Ukraine

April 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Kiev, April 24 (IANS) The ticket design for the Euro 2012 Football Championship was officially presented by Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Events executive Martin Kallen in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.

Monkeys' word recognizing ability points to origins of reading

April 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

London, April 13 (ANI): A study on monkeys has suggested that some of the mental processing involved in reading evolved separately from the specialised language centres that are unique to human brains.

Scientists create hair thin solar cells

April 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

London, April 10 (IANS) Scientists have created solar cells so thin and flexible that they can be wrapped around a single strand of human hair.

Argentina book place in Davis Cup semifinals

April 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Buenos Aires, April 9 (IANS) Four-time Davis Cup runners-up Argentina have entered the semifinals of the 2012 edition, beating Croatia 4-1 at home.

'Servus Ishq' - Indo-Austrian director's tribute to Bollywood

April 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Vienna, April 9 (IANS) India-born Austrian film director Sandeep Kumar is celebrating spring with a difference this year. He has installed lights and cameras in the heart of the city's Botanical Gardens to film the first song for his "Servus Ishq" in Bollywood style.

Austrian gravestone of Hitler's parents removed

April 9, 2012 at 10:42 AM

London, Mar 31 (ANI): The tombstone which marks the graves of Adolf Hitler's parents in Austria has been removed as the site was becoming a pilgrimage spot for right-wing extremists, according to officials.

Satellite records Antarctica ice shelf's retreat

April 8, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Vienna, April 8 (IANS) The European Space Agency's Envisat satellite continues to record the rapid retreat of one of Antarctica's ice shelves due to atmospheric warming.

Austria win Davis Cup doubles against Spain, trail 1-2

April 8, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Madrid, April 8 (IANS) The Davis Cup quarterfinal tie between Spain and Austria will go into the third and final day after the Austrian doubles pairing of Oliver Marach/Alexander Peya beat the Spanish pairing of Marc Lopez/Marcel Granollers in four sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6.

Spain take 2-0 lead in Davis Cup quarterfinal

April 7, 2012 at 3:05 PM

Madrid, April 7 (IANS) Spain cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win in their Davis Cup tennis quarterfinal tie against Austria.

Spain humble ahead of Davis Cup tie

April 4, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Madrid, April 4 (IANS) Alex Corretja, the captain of the Spanish Davis Cup tennis team, said Wednesday that his side would approach its quarterfinal tie against Austria with humility.

Picky females help promote diversity

April 2, 2012 at 11:09 AM

London, April 2 (ANI): Picky females play a critical role in the survival and diversity of species, say researchers.

Celina Jaitly gives birth to twin boys

March 24, 2012 at 2:00 PM

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Actress Celina Jaitly became the proud mother of twin boys in Dubai Saturday.

US soldier charged with 17 murder counts in Afghan massacre could face death

March 24, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Washington, Mar 24 (ANI): A US soldier, who has been accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians in their homes, has been charged with premeditated murder and could face the death penalty.

Apple has sold 3 million iPads since Friday

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): Tech giant Apple has announced that it has sold a whopping three million new iPad units since its sale began Friday.

Vienna University sets fastest 3D-nanoprinting record

March 14, 2012 at 9:33 PM

London, March 14 (ANI): Researchers in Austria have set a new world speed record for the fastest 3D-printed nano-objects.

Vienna University sets fastest 3D-nanoprinting record

March 14, 2012 at 5:56 PM

London, March 14 (ANI): Researchers in Austria have set a new world speed record for the fastest 3D-printed nano-objects.

'Tomboy' hockey player wins Miss Asia UK to show ex what he's missing

March 7, 2012 at 9:27 PM

London, Mar 7 (ANI): A self-confessed hockey loving tomboy has turned herself into a beauty queen, just to show her former boyfriend what he lost out on.

Ladies in red 'appear more attractive to men'

February 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM

London, Feb 27 (ANI): Red, which is the colour of passion, makes women seem more attractive to men by sending out subtle messages about how receptive they might be to sexual advances, a new study has claimed.

Ladies in red 'appear more attractive to men'

February 27, 2012 at 12:07 PM

London, Feb 27 (ANI): Red, which is the colour of passion, makes women seem more attractive to men by sending out subtle messages about how receptive they might be to sexual advances, a new study has claimed.

Sunlight helps boost man's sex drive

February 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

London, Feb 7 (ANI): Lots of sunshine increases the level of the male sex hormone testosterone, scientists say,

Sunlight helps boost man's sex drive

February 7, 2012 at 1:53 PM

London, Feb 7 (ANI): Lots of sunshine increases the level of the male sex hormone testosterone, scientists say,

George Michael to write songs about his near-death experience

January 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

London, Jan 31 (ANI): George Michael is penning down a series of new songs inspired from his near death experience with pneumonia.

George Michael to write songs about his near-death experience

January 31, 2012 at 4:12 PM

London, Jan 31 (ANI): George Michael is penning down a series of new songs inspired from his near death experience with pneumonia.

China builds imitation of Austrian heritage village but can't find buyers

January 30, 2012 at 8:28 PM

London, Jan 30 (ANI): A Chinese developer has recreated Hallstatt, the UNESCO-listed Austrian resort, as a luxury destination for wealthy people in the country.

China builds imitation of Austrian heritage village but can't find buyers

January 30, 2012 at 5:00 PM

London, Jan 30 (ANI): A Chinese developer has recreated Hallstatt, the UNESCO-listed Austrian resort, as a luxury destination for wealthy people in the country.

Spotify hits 3 mln paid users following 'deep partnership' with Facebook

January 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Popular music streaming service Spotify now has 3 million paying users worldwide, the company has revealed.

Spotify hits 3 mln paid users following 'deep partnership' with Facebook

January 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM

London, Jan 29 (ANI): Popular music streaming service Spotify now has 3 million paying users worldwide, the company has revealed.

Pomegranate seed oil 'no better than placebo' for menopause symptoms

January 25, 2012 at 2:24 PM

London, Jan 25 (ANI): Scientists have found no clear evidence that pomegranate seed oil is effective at reducing menopause symptoms.

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