Meet Austria

      Austria is a landlocked country of roughly 8.3 million people in Central Europe. The territory of Austria covers 32,383 square miles, and has a temperate and alpine climate. Austria's terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps. Today, Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy comprising nine federal states. In 1999, imports from the United States amounted to $3.7 billion, constituting a U.S. market share in Austria of 5.4%.

      Traditional Food

      • Wiener Schnitzel

        Wiener Schnitzel

        The famous wiener schnitzel is thought to have originated in Milan in the 16th century. From there, it was taken to Vienna and popularized as wiener schnitzel throughout the Empire and beyond. In Austria, this dish is traditionally served with a lemon slice, lingonberry jam or cranberry sauce and either potato salad or potatoes with parsley and butter.

      Country Info

      Capital: Vienna
      Population: 8,364,095

      Student Snapshot

      Many young people in Austria love sports. Soccer and skiing are favorite pastimes, as are basketball, cycling, running and hiking. American sports are starting to become more popular as well. Young people enjoy spending time with one another in a social environment on the weekends. Friday and Saturday nights are a popular time for seeing a movie or sporting event or simply meeting up with friends.

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      Fun Facts

      • The first postcards ever used were in Austria.
      • The voting age in Austria is 16 years old.
      • Toni Fritsch, a Austrian soccer star, was the first NFL kicker to introduce the soccer kicking style and won the Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.
      • About one fourth of the population of Austria lives in Vienna.
      • When students are 14, they have the option to attend Höhere Technische Lehranstalt (HTL), technically-orientated higher colleges, a unique feature of the Austrian educational system.


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