Austria Country Profile Travel Guide Business Information

Austria Country Profile Travel Guide Business Information

Austrian population Austria religion Austria history Austria economy Austria currency Austria road travel & other national information

 Related pages  Contact the Austrian Consulate / Vienna Guide / Salzburg  Guide

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Fact Sheet For Austria

Austria Population Austria has a population of over eight million people. 98% of indigenous people are German. Austria Religion The dominant religions are Roman Catholic (78%) & Protestant 5% Austria Language The official language is German Austria Currency The official currency is the euro.

Austria Currency Controls Controls on the amount of cash entering or leaving the EU apply in all Member States.  Any person entering or leaving the EU has to declare the cash that they are carrying if this amounts to 10,000 euros or more/ This figure this includes cheques, travellers’ cheques, money orders, etc.  This does not apply to people travelling via the EU to a non-EU country, if the original journey started outside of the EU. It does not apply to people travelling within the EU.

Austria Recent History

Austria first gained its independence in 1918. Twenty years later it was incorporated into The Third Reich and following the fall of the same it was governed by America, France, The Soviet Union and The United Kingdom until 1955.

In 1995 it became a member of the European Union. In the late nineties restrictions were temporarily placed  on the coalition Austrian Government’s relationship with the European  Union because of international concerns about the extremism one party in the coalition – the right wing Freedom Party. These measures were lifted in September 2000.

Austria Economy – Business

Since 2000 the country has  experienced low inflation (annually around 2%) and a very low rate of growth rate of between 1- 2%.  Unemployment at around 5% is also low compared with other some European Union Countries.

Austria’s major trading partner is the European Union who buy around 70 – 75% of its exports. Former eastern block countries that are not EU members buy around another 6% of Austria’s exports.

General Information About Austria

Emergency Medical Treatment In Austria Austria has a good standard of health care and has a free emergency medical treatment agreement for EU/ UK nationals. more.

Travelling with children in Austria  Single parents or adults travelling alone with children should note that Austria law requires documentary evidence of parental responsibility (e.g. a consent letter) before allowing lone parents or adults to enter or leave Austria with children.

Travel In Austria Throughout Austria public transport locally and between cities is excellent. For information on Austrian Rail Services and international rail services to Austria please to to our European rail page. For information on Austrian Coach Services and UK and internationa; coach services please go to to our European Coach page. Local public transport information is given in the guides for Salzburg & Vienna.

Austria Skiing Resorts Austrian Alps Austria has numerous ski resorts, offering exceptional ski run and excellent ‘apres ski’ faculties. Please see tour sister site skimost.info . Note that is some areas of Austria are prone to  avalanches.

This risk remains in some parts during the summer where the highest mountain tops are snow covered. Skiers and those going to resort areas should take advice on avalanche and weather before you travelling and whilst you are at the resort.

Road Travel In Austria

Drivers must be 18 years with a ‘full’ driving licence from the country they normally reside in. Drivers must carry their driving licence, proof of their ownership or entitlement to drive the car and their car insurance details.

The legal limit for alcohol is 50 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. Drives of coaches and HGV are especially liable to be tested for drink driving where even a minor traffic offence is alleged.

All drivers must carry high visibility warning vests which have to be be worn day or night when leaving a vehicle whilst on the hard shoulder or any where if it breaks down.  Only “hands free” mobile telephones are allowed whilst driving.

On Austrian motorways (“Autobahn”) and “S” roads you must display a Motorway Vignette in windscreen. These vignettes can be purchased at border crossing and major petrol stations. Heavy on the spot fines are issued to motorists without one.

Drivers of larger vehicles over 3.5 tonnes including caravans have to pay a road toll by attaching a go box to their windscreen. Further details of this system are available here

Related Internet Pages

National Weather Guide Austria http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/world/country_guides/results.shtml?tt=TT003350

Austria National Tourist Board Information http://www.austria.info/xxl/_site/uk/_area/416152/home.html

 the Austria country profile provides a general guide to  Austrian history and Austria  economy and business plus and important notes on road travel in Austria

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