Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of Austria
  • Population: 8,665,550
  • Official language: German
  • Capital City: Vienna
  • Country is divided into 9 Bundeslands (states)
  • 68% of the population are registered as Roman Catholics
  • Climate is temperate and alpine, as much of the country is mountainous
  • Austria is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, with a nominal per capita GDP of $49,809
  • Currency: Euro
  • Foreign relations: Austria is neutral and will not allow foreign military bases
  • Ethnic groups: 91.1% Austrians, 8.9% foreigners
  • Literacy rate: 98%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com


Government in Power

  • A federal parliamentary republic
  • President: Heinz Fischer (since 2004)


Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy: 81.39 years
  • Physician density: 4.795/1,000 population
  • Maternal mortality rate: 4/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 3.45/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.3%
  • Risk of infectious disease: low
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm


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