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| {{native name|de|Land der Berge, Land am Strome{edih}
| {{small|Land of Mountains, Land by the River}}
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  • Hungarian
  • Slovene
  • Burgenland CroatianWEB,weblink Die verschiedenen Amtssprachen in Österreich, DemokratieWEBstatt.at, 23 May 2018,weblink 24 May 2018, live, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Rechtsinformationssystem des Bundes, Regional Languages of Austria, 2013, 27 July 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131018115726weblink">weblink 18 October 2013, live, dmy-all,


}}| languages2_type = Recognised languages| ethnic_groups = {{unbulleted list
| 81.1% AustriansWEB,weblink Statistik Austria, Kommission für Migrations und Integrationsforschung der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2012, 23, Commission for Migration and Integration Research of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, 17 July 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20171014093350weblink">weblink 14 October 2017, live, dmy-all,
| 6.3% ex-Yugoslavs
| 2.7% Germans
| 2.2% Turks
| 8.7% others
}}| ethnic_groups_year = 2012| demonym = Austrian
Federal republic>Federal parliamentary republicPresident of Austria>President| leader_name1 = Alexander Van der BellenChancellor of Austria>Chancellor| leader_name2 = Brigitte BierleinVice Chancellor of Austria>Vice Chancellor| leader_name3 = Clemens JablonerPresident of the National Council of Austria>National Council President| leader_name4 = Wolfgang SobotkaConstitutional Court President}}| leader_name5 = VacantAustrian Parliament>ParliamentFederal Council (Austria)>Federal CouncilNational Council (Austria)>National Council| sovereignty_type = Establishment history| established_event1 = Margraviate of Austria| established_date1 = 976| established_event2 = Duchy of Austria| established_date2 = 1156| established_event3 = Archduchy of Austria| established_date3 = 1453| established_event4 = Austrian Empire| established_date4 = 1804Austria-Hungary>Austro-Hungarian Empire| established_date5 = 1867First Republic of Austria>First Republic| established_date6 = 1918Federal State of Austria>Federal State| established_date7 = 1934| established_event8 = Anschluss| established_date8 = 1938Second Austrian Republic>Second Republic| established_date9 = since 1945Austrian State Treaty>State Treaty in effect| established_date10 = 27 July 1955United Nations Security Council Resolution 109>Admitted to the United Nations| established_date11 = 14 December 19551995 enlargement of the European Union>Joined the European Union| established_date12 = 1 January 1995| area_km2 = 83,879| area_rank = 113th | area_sq_mi = 32,385.86 | percent_water = 1.7DATE=7 NOVEMBER 2018ARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20150612161754/HTTP://WWW.STATISTIK.AT/WEB_DE/STATISTIKEN/MENSCHEN_UND_GESELLSCHAFT/BEVOELKERUNG/BEVOELKERUNGSSTAND_UND_VERAENDERUNG/BEVOELKERUNG_ZU_JAHRES-_QUARTALSANFANG/023582.HTMLURL-STATUS=LIVE, dmy-all, | population_estimate_year = October 2018| population_estimate_rank = 96th| population_density_km2 = 104| population_density_sq_mi = 262.6 | population_density_rank = 106thPUBLISHER=INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUNDACCESSDATE=23 JULY 2018, | GDP_PPP_year = 2018| GDP_PPP_rank =| GDP_PPP_per_capita = $51,936| GDP_PPP_per_capita_rank = 17th| GDP_nominal = $477.672 billion| GDP_nominal_year = 2018| GDP_nominal_rank = 29th| GDP_nominal_per_capita = $53,764| GDP_nominal_per_capita_rank = 14th| Gini = 26.8 | Gini_year = 2018| Gini_change = decrease PUBLISHER=EUROSTAT ACCESS-DATE=7 MARCH 2019 ARCHIVE-DATE=20 MARCH 2019 DF=DMY-ALL, | Gini_rank = 14th| HDI = 0.908 | HDI_year = 2017| HDI_change = increaseYEAR=2018 PUBLISHER=UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ARCHIVE-DATE=14 SEPTEMBER 2018 DF=DMY-ALL, | HDI_rank = 20thEuro (Euro sign>€){{ref labelc}}| currency_code = EURCentral European Time>CET| utc_offset = +1| utc_offset_DST = +2Central European Summer Time>CEST| drives_on = rightTelephone numbers in Austria>+43.at{{ref label>ddd|d}}aaa}} There is an official dictionary, the Österreichisches Wörterbuch, published on commission by the Austrian Ministry of Education.bbb}} Burgenland Croatian, Czech language>Czech, Hungarian language, Romani language>Romani, Slovak language, and Slovene language>Slovene are officially recognised by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML).ccc}} Austrian schilling before 1999; Virtual Euro since 1 January 1999; Euro since 1 January 2002.ddd}} The .eu domain is also used, as it is shared with other European Union member states.}}Austria ({{IPAc-en|audio=en-us-Austria.ogg|ˈ|É’|s|t|r|i|É™}}, {{IPAc-en|ˈ|ɔː|s|-}};{{citation|last=Roach|first=Peter|year=2011|title=Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary|edition=18th|place=Cambridge|publisher=Cambridge University Press|isbn=9780521152532}} {{IPA-de|ˈøːstɐraɪç||De-Österreich.oga}}), officially the Republic of Austria (, {{Audio|Republik Österreich.ogg|listen}}), is a country in Central Europe comprising nine federated states. Its capital, largest city and one of nine states is Vienna. Austria has an area of {{convert|83879|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on}}, a population of nearly nine million people and a nominal GDP of $477 billion. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The terrain is landlocked and highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below {{convert|500|m|ft|0|abbr=on}}, and its highest point is {{convert|3798|m|ft|0|abbr=on}}.WEB,weblink Austria, The World Factbook, 14 May 2009, Central Intelligence Agency, 31 May 2009,weblink 10 June 2009, live, The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language,WEB,weblink Die Bevölkerung nach Umgangssprache, Staatsangehörigkeit und Geburtsland, Statistik Austria, 17 November 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101113171636weblink">weblink 13 November 2010, live, dmy-all, and German in its standard form is the country's official language.WEB,weblink Austria, 31 May 2009, Encyclopædia Britannica, 31 May 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090419153631weblink">weblink 19 April 2009, live, Other regional languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.Austria initially emerged as a margraviate around 976 and developed into a duchy and later archduchy. In the 16th century, Austria started serving as the heart of the Habsburg Monarchy and the junior branch of the House of Habsburg – one of the most influential royal houses in history. As archduchy, it was a major component and administrative centre of the Holy Roman Empire. Following the Holy Roman Empire's dissolution, Austria founded its own empire in the 19th century, which became a great power and the leading force of the German Confederation. Subsequent to the Austro-Prussian War and the establishment of a union with Hungary, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was created and Austria was no longer involved in the affairs of the other German States. Austria was involved in both world wars; it started the first one under Emperor Franz Joseph and was the birthplace of Adolf Hitler, who provoked the second one.Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy with a President as head of state and a Chancellor as head of government. Major urban areas of Austria include Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck. Austria is consistently ranked as one of the richest countries in the world by per capita GDP terms. The country has developed a high standard of living and in 2018 was ranked 20th in the world for its Human Development Index. The republic declared its perpetual neutrality in foreign political affairs in 1955. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955 andJelavich 267 joined the European Union in 1995. It harbours the OSCE and OPEC and is a founding member of the OECD and Interpol.WEB,weblink Austria About, OECD, 20 May 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090506022708weblink">weblink 6 May 2009, live, Austria also signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995,WEB,weblink Austria joins Schengen, May 1995, Migration News, 30 May 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090707183649weblink">weblink 7 July 2009, live, dmy-all, and adopted the euro currency in 1999.WEB,weblink Austria and the euro, European Commission - European Commission, 7 January 2018,weblink 8 January 2018, live, dmy-all,

Etymology

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}}The German name for Austria, , derives from the Old High German , which meant "eastern realm" and which first appeared in the "Ostarrîchi document" of 996.WEB,weblink University of Klagenfurt, 2 October 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110513121957weblink">weblink 13 May 2011, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Bischof, Günter, Günter Bischof, Pelinka, Anton, Anton Pelinka, Austrian Historical Memory and National Identity, Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick, 1997, 978-1-56000-902-3,weblink 20–21, 14 June 2018,weblink 14 June 2018, live, dmy-all, This word is probably a translation of Medieval Latin into a local (Bavarian) dialect. Another theory says that this name comes from the local name of the mountain whose original Slovenian name is ('sharp mountain'), because it is very steep on both sides.Austria was a prefecture of Bavaria created in 976. The word "Austria" is a Latinisation of the German name and was first recorded in the 12th century.BOOK, harv, Brauneder, Wilhelm, Österreichische Verfassungsgeschichte, 11th, Manzsche Verlags- und Universitätsbuchhandlung, Vienna, 2009, 978-3-214-14876-8, 17, At the time, the Danube basin of Austria (Upper and Lower Austria) was the easternmost extent of Bavaria.

History

The Central European land that is now Austria was settled in pre-Roman times by various Celtic tribes. The Celtic kingdom of Noricum was later claimed by the Roman Empire and made a province. Present-day Petronell-Carnuntum in eastern Austria was an important army camp turned capital city in what became known as the Upper Pannonia province. Carnuntum was home for 50,000 people for nearly 400 years.WEB, Rome's metropolis on the Danube awakens to new life, Archäologischer Park Carnuntum, Archäologische Kulturpark Niederösterreich Betriebsgesellschaft m.b.H.,weblink 20 February 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100116125751weblink">weblink 16 January 2010, dead, dmy-all, After the fall of the Roman Empire, the area was invaded by Bavarians, Slavs, and Avars. Charlemagne, King of the Franks, conquered the area in AD 788, encouraged colonization, and introduced Christianity.Johnson 19 As part of Eastern Francia, the core areas that now encompass Austria were bequeathed to the house of Babenberg. The area was known as the marchia Orientalis and was given to Leopold of Babenberg in 976.Johnson 20–21File:2011-07-09 gasometer 28.JPG|thumb|left|Venus of Willendorf, 28,000 to 25,000 BC. Museum of Natural History Vienna ]]The first record showing the name Austria is from 996, where it is written as Ostarrîchi, referring to the territory of the Babenberg March. In 1156, the Privilegium Minus elevated Austria to the status of a duchy. In 1192, the Babenbergs also acquired the Duchy of Styria. With the death of Frederick II in 1246, the line of the Babenbergs was extinguished.Johnson 21As a result, Ottokar II of Bohemia effectively assumed control of the duchies of Austria, Styria, and Carinthia. His reign came to an end with his defeat at Dürnkrut at the hands of Rudolph I of Germany in 1278.Lonnie Johnson 23 Thereafter, until World War I, Austria's history was largely that of its ruling dynasty, the Habsburgs.

Middle Ages

In the 14th and 15th centuries, the Habsburgs began to accumulate other provinces in the vicinity of the Duchy of Austria. In 1438, Duke Albert V of Austria was chosen as the successor to his father-in-law, Emperor Sigismund. Although Albert himself only reigned for a year, henceforth every emperor of the Holy Roman Empire was a Habsburg, with only one exception.The Habsburgs began also to accumulate territory far from the hereditary lands. In 1477, Archduke Maximilian, only son of Emperor Frederick III, married the heiress Maria of Burgundy, thus acquiring most of the Netherlands for the family.Lonnie Johnson 25Brook-Shepherd 11 In 1496, his son Philip the Fair married Joanna the Mad, the heiress of Castile and Aragon, thus acquiring Spain and its Italian, African, and New World appendages for the Habsburgs.In 1526, following the Battle of Mohács, Bohemia and the part of Hungary not occupied by the Ottomans came under Austrian rule.Lonnie Johnson 26 Ottoman expansion into Hungary led to frequent conflicts between the two empires, particularly evident in the Long War of 1593 to 1606. The Turks made incursions into Styria nearly 20 times," The Catholic encyclopedia". Charles George Herbermann (1913). Robert Appleton company. of which some are cited as "burning, pillaging, and taking thousands of slaves"."Bentley's miscellany". Charles Dickens, William Harrison Ainsworth, Albert Smith (1853). In late September 1529 Suleiman the Magnificent launched the first Siege of Vienna, which unsuccessfully ended, according to Ottoman historians, with the snowfalls of an early beginning winter.

17th and 18th centuries

File:Vienna Battle 1683.jpg|thumb|The Battle of Vienna in 1683 broke the advance of the Ottoman EmpireOttoman EmpireDuring the long reign of Leopold I (1657–1705) and following the successful defence of Vienna against the Turks in 1683 (under the command of the King of Poland, John III Sobieski),Lonnie Johnson 26–28 a series of campaigns resulted in bringing most of Hungary to Austrian control by the Treaty of Karlowitz in 1699.Emperor Charles VI relinquished many of the gains the empire made in the previous years, largely due to his apprehensions at the imminent extinction of the House of Habsburg. Charles was willing to offer concrete advantages in territory and authority in exchange for recognition of the Pragmatic Sanction that made his daughter Maria Theresa his heir. With the rise of Prussia, the Austrian–Prussian dualism began in Germany. Austria participated, together with Prussia and Russia, in the first and the third of the three Partitions of Poland (in 1772 and 1795).

19th century

File:CongressVienna.jpg|thumb|left|The Congress of Vienna met in 1814–15. The objective of the Congress was to settle the many issues arising from the French Revolutionary Wars, the Napoleonic Wars, and the dissolution of the Holy Roman EmpireHoly Roman EmpireAustria later became engaged in a war with Revolutionary France, at the beginning highly unsuccessfully, with successive defeats at the hands of Napoleon, meaning the end of the old Holy Roman Empire in 1806. Two years earlier,Lonnie Johnson 34 the Empire of Austria was founded. From 1792 to 1801, the Austrians had suffered 754,700 casualties.Clodfelter In 1814, Austria was part of the Allied forces that invaded France and brought to an end the Napoleonic Wars.It emerged from the Congress of Vienna in 1815 as one of the continent's four dominant powers and a recognised great power. The same year, the German Confederation () was founded under the presidency of Austria. Because of unsolved social, political, and national conflicts, the German lands were shaken by the 1848 revolution aiming to create a unified Germany.Johnson 36File:Deutscher Bund.svg|thumb|Map of the German ConfederationGerman ConfederationThe various different possibilities for a united Germany were: a Greater Germany, or a Greater Austria or just the German Confederation without Austria at all. As Austria was not willing to relinquish its German-speaking territories to what would become the German Empire of 1848, the crown of the newly formed empire was offered to the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. In 1864, Austria and Prussia fought together against Denmark and secured the independence from Denmark of the duchies of Schleswig and Holstein. As they could not agree on how the two duchies should be administered, though, they fought the Austro-Prussian War in 1866. Defeated by Prussia in the Battle of Königgrätz, Austria had to leave the German Confederation and subsequently no longer took part in German politics.Lonnie Johnson 55Schulze 233The Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, the Ausgleich, provided for a dual sovereignty, the Austrian Empire and the Kingdom of Hungary, under Franz Joseph I.Lonnie Johnson 59 The Austrian-Hungarian rule of this diverse empire included various Slavic groups, including Croats, Czechs, Poles, Rusyns, Serbs, Slovaks, Slovenes, and Ukrainians, as well as large Italian and Romanian communities.As a result, ruling Austria–Hungary became increasingly difficult in an age of emerging nationalist movements, requiring considerable reliance on an expanded secret police. Yet, the government of Austria tried its best to be accommodating in some respects: The Reichsgesetzblatt, publishing the laws and ordinances of Cisleithania, was issued in eight languages; all national groups were entitled to schools in their own language and to the use of their mother tongue at state offices, for example.(File:Austria Hungary ethnic.svg|thumb|left|upright=1.15|An ethno-linguistic map of Austria–Hungary, 1910)Many Austrians of all different social circles such as Georg Ritter von Schönerer promoted strong pan-Germanism in hope of reinforcing an ethnic German identity and the annexation of Austria to Germany.WEB,weblink Das politische System in Österreich (The Political System in Austria), Austrian Federal Press Service, 2000, 9 July 2014, 24, German, Vienna,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140423112116weblink">weblink 23 April 2014, dead, dmy-all, Some Austrians such as Karl Lueger also used pan-Germanism as a form of populism to further their own political goals. Although Bismarck's policies excluded Austria and the German Austrians from Germany, many Austrian pan-Germans idolized him and wore blue cornflowers, known to be the favourite flower of German Emperor William I, in their buttonholes, along with cockades in the German national colours (black, red, and yellow), although they were both temporarily banned in Austrian schools, as a way to show discontent towards the multi-ethnic empire.BOOK, Daniel L., Unowsky, The Pomp and Politics of Patriotism: Imperial Celebrations in Habsburg Austria, 1848–1916, Purdue University Press, 2005, 157, Austria's exclusion from Germany caused many Austrians a problem with their national identity and prompted the Social Democratic Leader Otto Bauer to state that it was "the conflict between our Austrian and German character."Evan Burr Bukey, Hitler's Austria: Popular Sentiment in the Nazi Era, 1938-1945, p. 6 The Austro-Hungarian Empire caused ethnic tension between the German Austrians and the other ethnic groups. Many Austrians, especially those involved with the pan-German movements, desired for the reinforcement of an ethnic German identity and hoped that the empire would collapse which would subsequently allow an annexation of Austria with Germany.Brigitte Hamann, Hitler's Vienna: A Portrait of the Tyrant as a Young Man, p. 394A lot of Austrian pan-German nationalists protested passionately against minister-president Kasimir Count Badeni's language decree of 1897, which made German and Czech co-official languages in Bohemia and required new government officials to be fluent in both languages. This meant in practice that the civil service would almost exclusively hire Czechs, because most middle-class Czechs spoke the German language, but not the other way around. The support of ultramontane Catholic politicians and clergy for this reform triggered the launch of the "Away from Rome" () movement, which was initiated by supporters of Schönerer and called on "German" Christians to leave the Roman Catholic Church.BOOK, Suppan, 'Germans' in the Habsburg Empire, The Germans and the East, 2008, 164, 172,

20th century

{{See also|Republic of German-Austria|First Austrian Republic}}File:Ferdinand Schmutzer - Franz Ferdinand von Österreich-Este, um 1914.jpg|thumb|upright|Archduke Franz Ferdinand (right), whose assassination sparked World War IWorld War IAs the Second Constitutional Era began in the Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary took the opportunity to annex Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1908.WEB,weblink The Annexation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1908, Mtholyoke.edu, 25 March 2013,weblink 23 March 2013, live, dmy-all, Theassassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo in 1914 by Bosnian Serb Gavrilo PrincipJohnson 52–54 was used by leading Austrian politicians and generals to persuade the emperor to declare war on Serbia, thereby risking and prompting the outbreak of World War I, which eventually led to the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Over one million Austro-Hungarian soldiers died in World War I.Grebler, Leo and Winkler, Wilhelm The Cost of the World War to Germany and Austria-Hungary, Yale University Press, 1940.On 21 October 1918, the elected German members of the Reichsrat (parliament of Imperial Austria) met in Vienna as the Provisional National Assembly for German Austria (Provisorische Nationalversammlung für Deutschösterreich). On 30 October the assembly founded the Republic of German Austria by appointing a government, called Staatsrat. This new government was invited by the Emperor to take part in the decision on the planned armistice with Italy, but refrained from this business.{{Citation needed|date=July 2015}}This left the responsibility for the end of the war, on 3 November 1918, solely to the emperor and his government. On 11 November, the emperor, advised by ministers of the old and the new governments, declared he would not take part in state business any more; on 12 November, German Austria, by law, declared itself to be a democratic republic and part of the new German republic. The constitution, renaming the Staatsrat as Bundesregierung (federal government) and Nationalversammlung as Nationalrat (national council) was passed on 10 November 1920.{{Citation needed|date=July 2015}}(File:GermanAustriaMap.png|thumb|left|upright=1.15|German-speaking provinces claimed by German-Austria in 1918: The border of the subsequent Second Republic of Austria is outlined in red)The Treaty of Saint-Germain of 1919 (for Hungary the Treaty of Trianon of 1920) confirmed and consolidated the new order of Central Europe which to a great extent had been established in November 1918, creating new states and altering others. The German-speaking parts of Austria which had been part of Austria-Hungary were reduced to a rump state named The Republic of German-Austria (German: Republik Deutschösterreich).In Habsburg Austria-Hungary, "German-Austria" was an unofficial term for the areas of the empire inhabited by Austrian Germans.Alfred D. Low, The Anschluss Movement, 1918–1919, and the Paris Peace Conference, pp. 135–138 The desire for Anschluss (annexation of Austria to Germany) was a popular opinion shared by all social circles in both Austria and Germany.Alfred D. Low, The Anschluss Movement, 1918–1919, and the Paris Peace Conference, pp. 3–4 On 12 November, German-Austria was declared a republic, and named Social Democrat Karl Renner as provisional chancellor. On the same day it drafted a provisional constitution that stated that "German-Austria is a democratic republic" (Article 1) and "German-Austria is an integral part of the German reich" (Article 2).Mary Margaret Ball, Post-war German-Austrian Relations: The Anschluss Movement, 1918–1936, pp. 11–15 The Treaty of Saint Germain and the Treaty of Versailles explicitly forbid union between Austria and Germany.Roderick Stackelberg, Hitler's Germany: Origins, Interpretations, Legacies, pp. 161–162WEB,weblink Treaty of Peace between the Allied and Associated Powers and Austria; Protocol, Declaration and Special Declaration [1920] ATS 3, Austlii.edu.au, 15 June 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20000917221810weblink">weblink 17 September 2000, live, dmy-all, The treaties also forced German-Austria to rename itself as "Republic of Austria" which consequently led to the first Austrian Republic.Mary Margaret Ball, Post-war German-Austrian Relations: The Anschluss Movement, 1918–1936, pp. 18–19Montserrat Guibernau, The Identity of Nations, pp. 70–75Over 3 million German-speaking Austrians found themselves living outside the new Austrian Republic as minorities in the newly formed or enlarged states of Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, and Italy.Brook-Shepherd 246 These included the provinces of South Tyrol (which became part of Italy) and German Bohemia (Czechoslovakia). The status of German Bohemia (Sudetenland) later played a role in sparking the Second World War.Brook-Shepherd 245The status of South Tyrol was a lingering problem between Austria and Italy until it was officially settled by the 1980s with a great degree of autonomy being granted to it by the Italian national government. Between 1918 and 1919, Austria was known as the State of German Austria (). Not only did the Entente powers forbid German Austria to unite with Germany, but they also rejected the name German Austria in the peace treaty to be signed; it was, therefore, changed to Republic of Austria in late 1919.The border between Austria and the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes (later Yugoslavia) was settled with the Carinthian Plebiscite in October 1920 and allocated the major part of the territory of the former Austro-Hungarian Crownland of Carinthia to Austria. This set the border on the Karawanken mountain range, with many Slovenes remaining in Austria.

Interwar period and World War II

{{see also|First Austrian Republic|Federal State of Austria|Anchluss|Austria in the time of National Socialism|History of the Jews in Austria#The Holocaust in Austria}}After the war, inflation began to devalue the Krone, which was still Austria's currency. In autumn 1922, Austria was granted an international loan supervised by the League of Nations.Brook-Shepherd 257–8 The purpose of the loan was to avert bankruptcy, stabilise the currency, and improve Austria's general economic condition. The loan meant that Austria passed from an independent state to the control exercised by the League of Nations. In 1925, the Schilling was introduced, replacing the Krone at a rate of 10,000:1. Later, it was nicknamed the "Alpine dollar" due to its stability. From 1925 to 1929, the economy enjoyed a short high before nearly crashing{{clarify|date=December 2016}} after Black Tuesday.The First Austrian Republic lasted until 1933, when Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss, using what he called "self-switch-off of Parliament", established an autocratic regime tending towards Italian fascism.Lonnie Johnson 104Brook-Shepherd 269–70 The two big parties at this time, the Social Democrats and the Conservatives, had paramilitary armies;Brook-Shepherd 261 the Social Democrats' Schutzbund was now declared illegal, but was still operative as civil war broke out.Johnson 107In February 1934, several members of the Schutzbund were executed,Brook-Shepherd 283 the Social Democratic party was outlawed, and many of its members were imprisoned or emigrated. On 1 May 1934, the Austrofascists imposed a new constitution ("Maiverfassung") which cemented Dollfuss's power, but on 25 July he was assassinated in a Nazi coup attempt.Lonnie Johnson 109Brook-Shepherd 292File:Bundesarchiv Bild 183-1987-0922-500, Wien, Heldenplatz, Rede Adolf Hitler.jpg|thumb|Adolf Hitler speaking at HeldenplatzHeldenplatzHis successor Kurt Schuschnigg acknowledged Austria as a "German state" and that Austrians were "better Germans" but wished for Austria to remain independent.BOOK,weblink Constructing and Deconstructing National Identity: Dramatic Discourse in Tom Murphy's The Patriot Game and Felix Mitterer's In Der Löwengrube, Birgit, Ryschka, 1 January 2008, Peter Lang, Google Books, 9783631581117, 19 June 2017,weblink 29 April 2016, live, dmy-all, He announced a referendum on 9 March 1938, to be held on 13 March, concerning Austria's independence from Germany. On 12 March 1938, Austrian Nazis took over government, while German troops occupied the country, which prevented Schuschnigg's referendum from taking place.Lonnie Johnson 112–3 On 13 March 1938, the Anschluss of Austria was officially declared. Two days later, Austrian-born Hitler announced what he called the "reunification" of his home country with the "rest of the German Reich" on Vienna's Heldenplatz. He established a plebiscite confirming the union with Germany in April 1938.Parliamentary elections were held in Germany (including recently annexed Austria) on 10 April 1938. They were the final elections to the Reichstag during Nazi rule, and took the form of a single-question referendum asking whether voters approved of a single Nazi-party list for the 813-member Reichstag, as well as the recent annexation of Austria (the Anschluss). Jews and Gypsies were not allowed to vote.Robert Gellately, Social Outsiders in Nazi Germany, (2001), p. 216 Turnout in the election was officially 99.5%, with 98.9% voting "yes". In the case of Austria, Adolf Hitler's native soil, 99.71% of an electorate of 4,484,475 officially went to the ballots, with a positive tally of 99.73%.1938 German election and referendum Although most Austrians favoured the Anschluss, in certain parts of Austria the German soldiers were not always welcomed with flowers and joy, especially in Vienna which had Austria's largest Jewish population.Evan Burr Bukey, Hitler's Austria: Popular Sentiment in the Nazi Era, 1938–1945, p. 33 Nevertheless, despite the propaganda and the manipulation and rigging which surrounded the ballot box result, there was massive genuine support for Hitler for fulfilling the Anschluss,Ian Kershaw, 2001, Hitler 1936–1945: Nemesis, p. 83 since many Germans from both Austria and Germany saw it as completing the long overdue German unification of all Germans united into one-state.Roderick Stackelberg, Hitler's Germany: Origins, Interpretations, Legacies, p.170File:KZ Mauthausen.jpg|thumb|left|The liberation of Mauthausen concentration campMauthausen concentration campOn 12 March 1938, Austria was annexed to the Third Reich and ceased to exist as an independent country. The Aryanisation of the wealth of Jewish Austrians started immediately in mid-March, with a so-called "wild" (i.e. extra-legal) phase, but was soon structured legally and bureaucratically to strip Jewish citizens of any assets they possessed. The Nazis renamed Austria in 1938 as "Ostmark" until 1942, when it was again renamed and called "Alpine and Danubian Gaue" (Alpen-und Donau-Reichsgaue).BOOK, Jelavich, Barbara, Modern Austria: Empire and Republic, 1815-1986, 2008, Cambridge University Press, 978-0521316255, 227, BOOK, Schmitz-Berning, Cornelia, Vokabular des Nationalsozialismus, 2007, de Gruyter, German, 978-3110195491, 24, (File:OstmarkMap.png|thumb|upright=1.15|Austria in 1941 when it was known as the "Ostmark")Though Austrians made up only 8% of the population of the Third Reich, some of the most prominent Nazis were native Austrians, including Adolf Hitler, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Franz Stangl, and Odilo Globocnik,Ian Wallace (1999). "German-speaking exiles in Great Britain". Rodopi. p.81. {{ISBN|90-420-0415-0}} as were over 13% of the SS and 40% of the staff at the Nazi extermination camps.David Art (2006). "The politics of the Nazi past in Germany and Austria". Cambridge University Press. p.43. {{ISBN|0-521-85683-3}} Vienna fell on 13 April 1945, during the Soviet Vienna Offensive, just before the total collapse of the Third Reich. The invading Allied powers, in particular the Americans, planned for the supposed "Alpine Fortress Operation" of a national redoubt, that was largely to have taken place on Austrian soil in the mountains of the eastern Alps. However, it never materialised because of the rapid collapse of the Reich.Karl Renner and Adolf Schärf (Socialist Party of Austria [Social Democrats and Revolutionary Socialists]), Leopold Kunschak (Austria's People's Party [former Christian Social People's Party]), and Johann Koplenig (Communist Party of Austria) declared Austria's secession from the Third Reich by the Declaration of Independence on 27 April 1945 and set up a provisional government in Vienna under state Chancellor Renner the same day, with the approval of the victorious Red Army and backed by Joseph Stalin.Lonnie Johnson 135–6 (The date is officially named the birthday of the second republic.) At the end of April, most of western and southern Austria were still under Nazi rule. On 1 May 1945, the federal constitution of 1929, which had been terminated by dictator Dollfuss on 1 May 1934, was declared valid again.Total military deaths from 1939 to 1945 are estimated at 260,000.Rüdiger Overmans. Deutsche militärische Verluste im Zweiten Weltkrieg. Oldenbourg 2000. Jewish Holocaust victims totalled 65,000.Anschluss and World War II {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090820033236weblink |date=20 August 2009 }}. Britannica Online Encyclopedia. About 140,000 Jewish Austrians had fled the country in 1938–39. Thousands of Austrians had taken part in serious Nazi crimes (hundreds of thousands died in Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp alone), a fact officially recognised by Chancellor Franz Vranitzky in 1992.

Contemporary era

File:Uno City Kaiserwasser.jpg|thumb|The United Nations Office in Vienna is one of the four major UNUNMuch like Germany, Austria was divided into American, British, French, and Soviet zones and governed by the Allied Commission for Austria.Lonnie Johnson 137 As forecast in the Moscow Declaration in 1943, a subtle difference was seen in the treatment of Austria by the Allies. The Austrian government, consisting of Social Democrats, Conservatives, and Communists (until 1947), and residing in Vienna, which was surrounded by the Soviet zone, was recognised by the Western Allies in October 1945 after some doubts that Renner could be Stalin's puppet. Thus, the creation of a separate Western Austrian government and the division of the country was avoidable. Austria, in general, was treated as though it had been originally invaded by Germany and liberated by the Allies.Manfried Rauchensteiner: Der Sonderfall. Die Besatzungszeit in Österreich 1945 bis 1955 (The Special Case. The Time of Occupation in Austria 1945 to 1955), edited by Heeresgeschichtliches Museum / Militärwissenschaftliches Institut (Museum of Army History / Institute for Military Science), Vienna 1985On 15 May 1955, after talks which lasted for years and were influenced by the Cold War, Austria regained full independence by concluding the Austrian State Treaty with the Four Occupying Powers. On 26 October 1955, after all occupation troops had left, Austria declared its "permanent neutrality" by an act of parliament.Lonnie Johnson 153 This day is now Austria's National Day, a public holiday.WEB,weblink The Austrian National Day, Austrian Embassy, Washington, en-US, 2018-10-24, dmy-all,weblink 25 October 2018, live, File:Tratado de Lisboa 13 12 2007 (081).jpg|thumb|Austria joined the European Union in 1995 and signed the Lisbon TreatyLisbon TreatyThe political system of the Second Republic is based on the constitution of 1920 and 1929, which was reintroduced in 1945. The system came to be characterised by Proporz, meaning that most posts of political importance were split evenly between members of the Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) and the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP).Lonnie Johnson 139 Interest group "chambers" with mandatory membership (e.g. for workers, business people, farmers) grew to considerable importance and were usually consulted in the legislative process, so hardly any legislation was passed that did not reflect widespread consensus.Lonnie Johnson 165Since 1945, governing via a single-party government has occurred twice: 1966–1970 (ÖVP) and 1970–1983 (SPÖ). During all other legislative periods, either a grand coalition of SPÖ and ÖVP or a "small coalition" (one of these two and a smaller party) ruled the country.Kurt Waldheim, a Wehrmacht officer in the Second World War accused of war crimes, was elected President of Austria from 1986 to 1992.WEB, Kurt Waldheim {{!, president of Austria and secretary-general of the United Nations |url=https://www.britannica.com/biography/Kurt-Waldheim |website=Encyclopedia Britannica |accessdate=25 September 2018 |language=en |archive-url=https://web.archive.org/web/20180926052356weblink |archive-date=26 September 2018 |url-status=live |df=dmy-all }}Following a referendum in 1994, at which consent reached a majority of two-thirds, the country became a member of the European Union on 1 January 1995.Brook-Shepherd 447,449The major parties SPÖ and ÖVP have contrary opinions about the future status of Austria's military nonalignment: While the SPÖ in public supports a neutral role, the ÖVP argues for stronger integration into the EU's security policy; even a future NATO membership is not ruled out by some ÖVP politicians (ex. Dr Werner Fasslabend (ÖVP) in 1997). In reality, Austria is taking part in the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy, participates in peacekeeping and peace creating tasks, and has become a member of NATO's "Partnership for Peace"; the constitution has been amended accordingly. Since Liechtenstein joined the Schengen Area in 2011, none of Austria's neighbouring countries performs border controls towards it anymore.

Politics

File:WienParlament.jpg|thumb|The Austrian Parliament BuildingAustrian Parliament BuildingFile:Wien - Hofburg, Leopoldinischer Trakt.JPG|thumb|The Leopoldine Wing of Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, home to the offices of the Austrian presidentAustrian presidentThe Parliament of Austria is located in Vienna, the country's largest city and capital. Austria became a federal, representative democratic republic through the Federal Constitution of 1920. The political system of the Second Republic with its nine states is based on the constitution of 1920, amended in 1929, which was reenacted on 1 May 1945.Lonnie Johnson 17, 142The head of state is the Federal President (Bundespräsident), who is directly elected by popular vote. The chairman of the Federal Government is the Federal Chancellor, who is appointed by the President. The government can be removed from office by either a presidential decree or by vote of no confidence in the lower chamber of parliament, the Nationalrat. Voting for the Federal President and for the Parliament used to be compulsory in Austria, but this was abolished in steps from 1982 to 2004.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071103221527weblink">weblink 3 November 2007, Bundesministerium für Inneres – Elections Compulsory voting, Bmi.gv.at, 3 January 2009, The Parliament of Austria consists of two chambers. The composition of the Nationalrat (183 seats) is determined every five years (or whenever the Nationalrat has been dissolved by the federal president on a motion by the federal chancellor, or by Nationalrat itself) by a general election in which every citizen over the age of 16 has the right to vote. The voting age was lowered from 18 in 2007. While there is a general threshold of 4% of the vote for all parties in federal elections (Nationalratswahlen) to participate in the proportional allocation of seats, there remains the possibility of being elected to a seat directly in one of the 43 regional electoral districts ().The Nationalrat is the dominant chamber in the formation of legislation in Austria. However, the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, has a limited right of veto (the Nationalrat can—in almost all cases—ultimately pass the respective bill by voting a second time. This is referred to as 'Beharrungsbeschluss, lit. "vote of persistence"). A constitutional convention, called the WEB,weblink Willkommen beim Österreich Konvent, Konvent.gv.at, 21 November 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090104001526weblink">weblink 4 January 2009, live, was convened on 30 June 2003 to consider reforms to the constitution, but failed to produce a proposal that would command a two-third majority in the Nationalrat, the margin necessary for constitutional amendments and/or reform.While the bicameral Parliament and the Government constitute the legislative and executive branches, respectively, the courts are the third branch of Austrian state powers. The Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof) exerts considerable influence on the political system because of its power to invalidate legislation and ordinances not in compliance with the constitution. Since 1995, the European Court of Justice may overrule Austrian decisions in all matters defined in laws of the European Union. Austria also implements the decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, since the European Convention on Human Rights is part of the Austrian constitution.

Since 2006

(File:Wien - Bundeskanzleramt1.JPG|thumb|The Federal Chancellery on Ballhausplatz)After general elections held in October 2006, the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) emerged as the strongest party, and the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) came in second, having lost about 8% of its previous polling.WEB,weblink 24 November 2002 General Election Results – Austria Totals, 2006, Election Resources on the Internet, 12 June 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090707185433weblink">weblink 7 July 2009, live, dmy-all, WEB,weblink October 1st, 2006 General Election Results – Austria Totals, 2006, Election Resources on the Internet, 12 June 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090707185102weblink">weblink 7 July 2009, live, dmy-all, Political realities prohibited any of the two major parties from forming a coalition with smaller parties. In January 2007 the People's Party and SPÖ formed a grand coalition with the social democrat Alfred Gusenbauer as Chancellor. This coalition broke up in June 2008.Elections in September 2008 further weakened both major parties (SPÖ and ÖVP) but together they still held 70% of the votes, with the Social Democrats holding slightly more than the other party. They formed a coalition with Werner Faymann from the Social Democrats as Chancellor. The Green Party came in third with 11% of the vote. The FPÖ and the deceased Jörg Haider's new party Alliance for the Future of Austria, both on the political right, were strengthened during the election but taken together received less than 20% of the vote.In the legislative elections of 2013, the Social Democratic Party received 27% of the vote and 52 seats; People's Party 24% and 47 seats, thus controlling together the majority of the seats. The Freedom Party received 40 seats and 21% of the votes, while the Greens received 12% and 24 seats. Two new parties, Stronach and the NEOS, received less than 10% of the vote, and 11 and nine seats respectively.After the Grand Coalition broke in Spring 2017 a snap election was proclaimed for October 2017. The Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) with its new young leader Sebastian Kurz emerged as the largest party in the National Council, winning 31.5% of votes and 62 of the 183 seats. The Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) finished second with 52 seats and 26.9% votes, slightly ahead of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), which received 51 seats and 26%. NEOS finished fourth with 10 seats (5.3 percent of votes), and PILZ (which split from the Green Party at the start of the campaign) entered parliament for the first time and came in fifth place with 8 seats and 4.4% The Green Party failed with 3.8% to cross the 4% threshold and was ejected from parliament, losing all of its 24 seats. The ÖVP decided to form a coalition with the FPÖ. The new government between the centre-right wing and the right-wing populist party under the new chancellor Sebastian Kurz was sworn in on 18 December 2017, but the coalition government later collapsed and new elections were called for 29 September 2019.

Foreign relations

File:Inauguration EYE2014 Parlement européen Strasbourg 9 mai 2014.jpg|thumb|The (European Parliament]]: Austria is one of the 28 EU members.)The 1955 Austrian State Treaty ended the occupation of Austria following World War II and recognised Austria as an independent and sovereign state. On 26 October 1955, the Federal Assembly passed a constitutional article in which "Austria declares of her own free will her perpetual neutrality". The second section of this law stated that "in all future times Austria will not join any military alliances and will not permit the establishment of any foreign military bases on her territory". Since then, Austria has shaped its foreign policy on the basis of neutrality, but rather different from the neutrality of Switzerland.Austria began to reassess its definition of neutrality following the fall of the Soviet Union, granting overflight rights for the UN-sanctioned action against Iraq in 1991, and since 1995, it has developed participation in the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy. Also in 1995, it joined NATO's Partnership for Peace (although it was careful to do so only after Russia joined) and subsequently participated in peacekeeping missions in Bosnia. Meanwhile, the only part of the Constitutional Law on Neutrality of 1955 still fully valid is to not allow foreign military bases in Austria.{{citation needed|date=December 2017}} Austria signed the UN's Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty,WEB,weblink Chapter XXVI: Disarmament â€“ No. 9 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, United Nations Treaty Collection, 2019-07-06, which was opposed by all NATO members.NEWS, 122 countries adopt 'historic' UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons,weblink CBC News, 7 July 2017, Austria attaches great importance to participation in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and other international economic organisations, and it has played an active role in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). As an OSCE-participating State, Austria's international commitments are subject to monitoring under the mandate of the U.S. Helsinki Commission.

Military

The manpower of the Austrian Armed Forces () mainly relies on conscription.{{citation needed|date=December 2017}} All males who have reached the age of eighteen and are found fit have to serve a six months compulsory military service, followed by an eight-year reserve obligation. Both males and females at the age of sixteen are eligible for voluntary service. Conscientious objection is legally acceptable and those who claim this right are obliged to serve an institutionalised nine months civilian service instead. Since 1998, women volunteers have been allowed to become professional soldiers.The main sectors of the Bundesheer are Joint Forces (Streitkräfteführungskommando, SKFüKdo) which consist of Land Forces (Landstreitkräfte), Air Forces (Luftstreitkräfte), International Missions (Internationale Einsätze) and Special Forces (Spezialeinsatzkräfte), next to Joint Mission Support Command (Kommando Einsatzunterstützung; KdoEU) and Joint Command Support Centre (Führungsunterstützungszentrum; FüUZ). Austria is a landlocked country and has no navy.{| class="toccolours" style="float:right; margin:0 0 1em 1em; border:1px #ddd solid;"|+ Branches of the Austrian Armed Forces style="text-align:center;"(File:Leopard 2A4 Austria 4.JPGx120px)Austrian ArmyLeopard 2 main battle tank(File:Eurofighter Typhoon AUT.jpgx120px)Austrian Air ForceEurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraftIn 2012, Austria's defence expenditures corresponded to approximately 0.8% of its GDP. The Army currently has about 26,000WEB,weblink Defence Data, europa.eu, 4 April 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140603202759weblink">weblink 3 June 2014, live, dmy-all, soldiers, of whom about 12,000 are conscripts. As head of state, Austrian President is nominally the Commander-in-Chief of the Bundesheer. Command of the Austrian Armed Forces is exercised by the Minister of Defence, {{as of|2018|March|lc=yes}}: Mario Kunasek.Since the end of the Cold War, and more importantly the removal of the former heavily guarded "Iron Curtain" separating Austria and its Eastern Bloc neighbours (Hungary and former Czechoslovakia), the Austrian military has been assisting Austrian border guards in trying to prevent border crossings by illegal immigrants. This assistance came to an end when Hungary and Slovakia joined the EU Schengen Area in 2008, for all intents and purposes abolishing "internal" border controls between treaty states. Some politicians have called for a prolongation of this mission, but the legality of this is heavily disputed. In accordance with the Austrian constitution, armed forces may only be deployed in a limited number of cases, mainly to defend the country and aid in cases of national emergency, such as in the wake of natural disasters.WEB, Austria 1920 (reinst. 1945, rev. 2013),weblink Constitute, 17 March 2015,weblink 2 April 2015, live, dmy-all, They may generally not be used as auxiliary police forces.Within its self-declared status of permanent neutrality, Austria has a long and proud tradition of engaging in UN-led peacekeeping and other humanitarian missions. The Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit (AFDRU), in particular, an all-volunteer unit with close ties to civilian specialists (e.g. rescue dog handlers) enjoys a reputation as a quick (standard deployment time is 10 hours) and efficient SAR unit. Currently, larger contingents of Austrian forces are deployed in Bosnia and Kosovo.

Administrative divisions

As a federal republic, Austria is divided into nine states (). These states are then divided into districts () and statutory cities (). Districts are subdivided into municipalities (). Statutory Cities have the competencies otherwise granted to both districts and municipalities. The states are not mere administrative divisions but have some legislative authority distinct from the federal government, e.g. in matters of culture, social care, youth and nature protection, hunting, building, and zoning ordinances. In recent years, it has been discussed whether today it is appropriate for a small country to maintain ten parliaments.{{Austrian Federal States|options=float:left; font-size:100%; border:3px; max-width:480px; width:50%}}{| style="background:none" cellspacing="2"|{| class="sortable wikitable" style="text-align:left; font-size:100%" style="font-size:100%; text-align:right"!style="width:25%"| State !!style="width:25%;"| Capital!style="width:25%"| Area{{smaller|(sq km)}} !!style="width:25%;"| Population{{smaller|(1 January 2017)}}!style="width:25%;"| Density km2!style="width:25%;"| GDP (euro){{smaller|(2012 Eurostat)}} !!style="width:25%;"| GDP per capitaBurgenland >| Eisenstadt 3,965 style="text-align:right" 7.311 bn 25,600Carinthia (state)>Carinthia Klagenfurt 9,536 style="text-align:right" 17.62 bn 31,700Lower Austria >| Sankt Pölten 19,178 style="text-align:right" 49.75 bn 30,800Salzburg (state)>Salzburg Salzburg 7,154 style="text-align:right" 23.585 bn 44,500Styria >| Graz 16,401 style="text-align:right" 40.696 bn 33,600Tirol (state)>Tyrol Innsbruck 12,648 style="text-align:right;" 28.052 bn 39,400Upper Austria >| Linz 11,982 style="text-align:right;" 53.863 bn 38,000 Vienna 415 style="text-align:right;" 81.772 bn 47,300Vorarlberg >| Bregenz 2,601 style="text-align:right;" 14.463 bn 38,900HTTP://APPSSO.EUROSTAT.EC.EUROPA.EU/NUI/SUBMITVIEWTABLEACTION.DO >TITLE=ARCHIVED COPY URL-STATUS=DEAD ARCHIVEDATE=6 OCTOBER 2014, HTTP://WWW.STATISTIK.AT/WCM/IDC/IDCPLG?IDCSERVICE=GET_FILE&DID=354032&DDOCNAME=080904>TITLE=STATISTIK AUSTRIA - BEVöLKERUNG ZU JAHRESBEGINN 2002-2017 NACH GEMEINDEN (GEBIETSSTAND 1.1.2017)ACCESS-DATE=9 JULY 2018ARCHIVE-DATE=22 MARCH 2018DF=DMY-ALL,

Corrections system

{{Disputed section|date=May 2018}}
The Ministry in charge of the Austrian corrections system is the Ministry of Justice.“Austria.” Austria | World Prison Brief, 1 Jan. 1970,weblink {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20180813175137weblink |date=13 August 2018 }}. The Ministry of Justice is based out of the UK and is supported through multiple European countries. The head of the prison administration falls under the title of Director General. The current Director General is Christian Schnattler. The total prison population rate {{as of|2017|July|lc=y}} is 8,290 people, and that does not include an additional 719 people in psychiatric care and home arrest. The prison population rate per 100,000 of national population is 94. The prison population rate has been fairly steady since 2010. The population percentages of the prison system is broken down into 4 categories with the percentages being from July 2017. The categories are pre-trial detainees, female prisoners, juvenile prisoners, and foreign prisoners. Pre-trial detainees make up 23.6%, female prisoners make up 5.7%, juveniles make up 1.4%, and foreign prisoners make up 54.2% of the prison system. The Austrian corrections system consists of 27 institutions, with an official capacity of 8,738 people. As reported in July 2017 they are currently at 94.9% maximum capacity(“Austria.”). The population percentage for Austria's prison system has had very little fluctuation since 2010. Since 2000 the population has risen over 2,000 and has stayed pretty well stabilized at over 8,000. Austria is ranked number 105 in prison pollution in the world("Highest to Lowest - Occupancy level (based on official capacity)”).{{citation needed|date=August 2019}}

Geography

(File:Oesterreich topo.png|thumb|upright=1.3|A topographic map of Austria showing cities with over 100,000 inhabitants)Austria is a largely mountainous country due to its location in the Alps.WEB,weblink Alps, 11 June 2009, Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica Online, 12 June 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090601083317weblink">weblink 1 June 2009, live, The Central Eastern Alps, Northern Limestone Alps and Southern Limestone Alps are all partly in Austria. Of the total area of Austria ({{convert|84000|km2|sqmi|0|abbr=on|disp=or}}), only about a quarter can be considered low lying, and only 32% of the country is below {{convert|500|m|ft|0}}. The Alps of western Austria give way somewhat into low lands and plains in the eastern part of the country.File:1 hallstatt austria.jpg|thumb|View of HallstattHallstattFile:Krems and mautern from ferdinandswarte.jpg|thumb|View of Krems at the end of Wachau valley ]]Austria lies between latitudes 46° and 49° N, and longitudes 9° and 18° E.It can be divided into five areas, the biggest being the Eastern Alps, which constitute 62% of the nation's total area. The Austrian foothills at the base of the Alps and the Carpathians account for around 12% and the foothills in the east and areas surrounding the periphery of the Pannoni low country amount to about 12% of the total landmass. The second greater mountain area (much lower than the Alps) is situated in the north. Known as the Austrian granite plateau, it is located in the central area of the Bohemian Mass and accounts for 10% of Austria. The Austrian portion of the Vienna basin comprises the remaining 4%.File:Vorderhopfreben Üntschenspitze 1.jpg|thumb|Austrian rural area of SchoppernauSchoppernauPhytogeographically, Austria belongs to the Central European province of the Circumboreal Region within the Boreal Kingdom. According to the WWF, the territory of Austria can be subdivided into four ecoregions: the Central European mixed forests, Pannonian mixed forests, Alps conifer and mixed forests and Western European broadleaf forests.

Climate

File:Koppen-Geiger Map AUT present.svg|thumb|Köppen-Geiger climate classification map for AustriaJOURNAL, Beck, Hylke E., Zimmermann, Niklaus E., McVicar, Tim R., Vergopolan, Noemi, Berg, Alexis, Wood, Eric F., Present and future Köppen-Geiger climate classification maps at 1-km resolution, Scientific Data, 30 October 2018, 5, 180214, 10.1038/sdata.2018.214, 30375988, 6207062, 2018NatSD...580214B, ]]The greater part of Austria lies in the cool/temperate climate zone, where humid westerly winds predominate. With nearly three-quarters of the country dominated by the Alps, the alpine climate is predominant. In the east—in the Pannonian Plain and along the Danube valley—the climate shows continental features with less rain than the alpine areas. Although Austria is cold in the winter (−10 to 0 Â°C), summer temperatures can be relatively high,WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101202042009weblink">weblink 2 December 2010, Average Conditions, Vienna, Austria, 2006, British Broadcasting Corporation, 24 May 2009, with average temperatures in the mid-20s and a highest temperature of {{convert|40.5|°C|0}} in August 2013.WEB,weblink Austrian Meteorological Institute, 12 August 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120812220313weblink">weblink 12 August 2012, live, dmy-all, According to the Köppen Climate Classification Austria has the following climate types: Oceanic (Cfb), Cool/Warm-summer humid continental (Dfb), Subarctic/Subalpine (Dfc), Tundra/Alpine (ET) and Ice-Cap (EF). It is important to note though that Austria may experience very cold, severe winters, but most of the time they are only around as cold as those in somewhat comparable climate zones, for example Southern Scandinavia or Eastern Europe. As well, at higher altitudes, summers are usually considerably cooler than in the valleys/lower altitudes. The subarctic and tundra climates seen around the Alps are much warmer in winter than what is normal elsewhere due in part to the Oceanic influence on this part of Europe.WEB,weblink Climate-Data.org, 15 April 2017,weblink 15 April 2017, live, dmy-all, JOURNAL, Atlantic influence on the Alps, Environmental Research Letters, 8, 3, 034026, 10.1088/1748-9326/8/3/034026, 2013, Zampieri, Matteo, Scoccimarro, Enrico, Gualdi, Silvio, {{Weather box| collapsed=collapsed|location = Lech, Vorarlberg (1440 m; average temperatures 1982 – 2012) Dfc, bordering on Dfb.|metric first = Yes|single line = Yes|Jan high C = -0.7|Feb high C = 0.3|Mar high C = 3.5|Apr high C = 7.1|May high C = 11.8|Jun high C = 17.4|Jul high C = 16.8|Aug high C = 14.3|Sep high C = 15.1|Oct high C = 9.7|Nov high C = 3.7|Dec high C = 0.1|Average high C =|Jan mean C = -4.5|Feb mean C = -3.7|Mar mean C = -0.6|Apr mean C = 2.9|May mean C = 7.3|Jun mean C = 10.6|Jul mean C = 12.7|Aug mean C = 12.2|Sep mean C = 9.9|Oct mean C = 5.6|Nov mean C = 0.4|Dec mean C = -3.3|year mean C =|Jan low C = -8.2|Feb low C = -7.6|Mar low C = -4.7|Apr low C = -1.3|May low C = 2.8|Jun low C = 6.0|Jul low C = 8.0|Aug low C = 7.7|Sep low C = 5.6|Oct low C = 1.6|Nov low C = -2.9|Dec low C = -6.6|Average low C =|precipitation colour = green|Jan precipitation mm = 59|Feb precipitation mm = 54|Mar precipitation mm = 56|Apr precipitation mm = 70|May precipitation mm = 103|Jun precipitation mm = 113|Jul precipitation mm = 133|Aug precipitation mm = 136|Sep precipitation mm = 95|Oct precipitation mm = 67|Nov precipitation mm = 78|Dec precipitation mm = 66|year precipitation mm =|source 1=

Economy

File:13-08-30-wien-by-RalfR-123.jpg|thumb|Modern Vienna, Vienna International Centre with the United Nations Office at Vienna and the DC Tower 1 ]]Austria consistently ranks high in terms of GDP per capita,WEB,weblink Austria, International Monetary Fund, 17 April 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121125152140weblink">weblink 25 November 2012, live, dmy-all, due to its highly industrialized economy, and well-developed social market economy. Until the 1980s, many of Austria's largest industry firms were nationalised; in recent years, however, privatisation has reduced state holdings to a level comparable to other European economies. Labour movements are particularly influential, exercising large influence on labour politics and decisions related to the expansion of the economy. Next to a highly developed industry, international tourism is the most important part of the economy of Austria.Germany has historically been the main trading partner of Austria, making it vulnerable to rapid changes in the German economy. Since Austria became a member state of the European Union, it has gained closer ties to other EU economies, reducing its economic dependence on Germany. In addition, membership of the EU has drawn an influx of foreign investors attracted by Austria's access to the single European market and proximity to the aspiring economies of the European Union. Growth in GDP reached 3.3% in 2006.Real GDP Growth – Expenditure Side {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20181106193328weblink |date=6 November 2018 }}, provided by the Austrian National Bank {{de icon}} At least 67% of Austria's imports come from other European Union member states.WEB, OEC – Austria (AUT) Exports, Imports, and Trade Partners,weblink atlas.media.mit.edu, 12 March 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160313121243weblink">weblink 13 March 2016, live, dmy-all, File:BlueEurozone.svg|thumb|left|Austria is part of a monetary union, the eurozone (dark blue), and of the EU single market.]]Austria indicated on 16 November 2010 that it would withhold the December installment of its contribution to the EU bailout of Greece, citing the material worsening of the Greek debt situation and the apparent inability of Greece to collect the level of tax receipts it had previously promised.WEB, Mark,weblink Mark's Market Analysis, Marksmarketanalysis.com, 16 November 2010, 24 July 2011,weblink" title="archive.today/20110714035955weblink">weblink 14 July 2011, dead, dmy-all, The Financial crisis of 2007–2008 dented the economy of Austria in other ways as well. It caused, for example, the Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International to be purchased in December 2009 by the government for 1 euro owing to credit difficulties, thus wiping out the €1.63bn of BayernLB. {{as of|2014|February}}, the HGAA situation was unresolved,NEWS,weblink Hypo Alpe Debt Cut Four Steps as Insolvency Not Ruled Out, Boris, Groendahl, Bloomberg.com, 15 February 2014, 5 March 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141024143911weblink">weblink 24 October 2014, live, dmy-all, causing Chancellor Werner Faymann to warn that its failure would be comparable to the 1931 Creditanstalt event.NEWS,weblink Faymann Evokes 1931 Austria Creditanstalt Crash on Hypo Alpe, Boris, Groendahl, Bloomberg.com, 17 February 2014, 5 March 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141024143418weblink">weblink 24 October 2014, live, dmy-all, Since the fall of communism, Austrian companies have been quite active players and consolidators in Eastern Europe. Between 1995 and 2010, 4,868 mergers and acquisitions with a total known value of 163 bil. EUR with the involvement of Austrian firms have been announced.WEB,weblink Statistics on Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) – M&A Courses | Company Valuation Courses | Mergers & Acquisitions Courses, Imaa-institute.org, 24 July 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110726173440weblink">weblink 26 July 2011, dead, dmy, The largest transactions with involvement of Austrian companiesWEB,weblink Statistics on Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) – M&A Courses | Company Valuation Courses | Mergers & Acquisitions Courses, Imaa-institute.org, 24 July 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110726173440weblink">weblink 26 July 2011, dead, dmy, have been: the acquisition of Bank Austria by Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank for 7.8 billion EUR in 2000, the acquisition of Porsche Holding Salzburg by Volkswagen Group for 3.6 billion EUR in 2009,WEB, Ramsey, Jonathon,weblink Volkswagen takes 49.9 percent stake in Porsche AG, Autoblog.com, 24 July 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110810091134weblink">weblink 10 August 2011, live, dmy-all, and the acquisition of Banca Comercială Română by Erste Group for 3.7 bil. EUR in 2005.weblink {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110809152940weblink|date=9 August 2011}}Tourism in Austria accounts for almost 9% of its gross domestic product.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="wayback.archive-it.org/all/20081218105425weblink">weblink dead, 18 December 2008, TOURISMUS IN ÖSTERREICH 2007, 18 November 2008, German, May 2008, BMWA, WKO, Statistik Austria, In 2007, Austria ranked 9th worldwide in international tourism receipts, with 18.9 billion US$. In international tourist arrivals, Austria ranked 12th with 20.8 million tourists.WEB,weblink UNTWO World Tourism Barometer, Vol.6 No.2, 18 November 2008, UNTWO, June 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081031013714weblink">weblink 31 October 2008, dead,

Infrastructure and Natural Resources

File:Verbund malta.jpg|thumb|The Kölnbrein Dam in Carinthia ]]File:Donau Linz Abend.jpg|thumb|The Danube at LinzLinzIn 1972, the country began construction of a nuclear-powered electricity-generation station at Zwentendorf on the River Danube, following a unanimous vote in parliament. However, in 1978, a referendum voted approximately 50.5% against nuclear power, 49.5% for,Lonnie Johnson 168–9 and parliament subsequently unanimously passed a law forbidding the use of nuclear power to generate electricity although the nuclear power plant was already finished.Austria currently produces more than half of its electricity by hydropower.WEB,weblink Austria Renewable Energy Fact Sheet, 23 January 2008, Europe's Energy Portal, 20 May 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090620081934weblink">weblink 20 June 2009, live, dmy-all, Together with other renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and biomass powerplants, the electricity supply from renewable energy amounts to 62.89%WEB,weblink Renewable energy in Europe, 2006, Eurobserv'er, Europe's Energy Portal, 20 May 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090520023020weblink">weblink 20 May 2009, live, of total use in Austria, with the rest being produced by gas and oil power plants.Compared to most European countries, Austria is ecologically well endowed. Its biocapacity (or biological natural capital) is more than double of the world average: In 2016, Austria had 3.8 global hectaresWEB,weblink Country Trends, Global Footprint Network, 16 October 2019, of biocapacity per person within its territory, compared to the world average of 1.6 global hectares per person. In contrast, in 2016, they used 6.0 global hectares of biocapacity - their ecological footprint of consumption. This means that Austrians use about 60 percent more biocapacity than Austria contains. As a result, Austria is running a biocapacity deficit.

Demographics

File:AuVorarlberg5.JPG|upright=1.35|thumb|Children in Austria, near alt=Austria's population was estimated to be nearly 9 million (8.83) in 2018 by the Statistik Austria.WEB,weblink STATISTIK AUSTRIA – Presse, Statistik Austria, statistik.at, 4 April 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140228153810weblink">weblink 28 February 2014, live, dmy-all, The population of the capital, Vienna, exceeds 1.8 millionWEB,weblink Probezählung 2006 – Bevölkerungszahl, 31 October 2006, Statistik Austria, German, 27 May 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090620081942weblink">weblink 20 June 2009, live, dmy-all, (2.6 million, including the suburbs), representing about a quarter of the country's population. It is known for its cultural offerings and high standard of living.Vienna is by far the country's largest city. Graz is second in size, with 265,778 inhabitants, followed by Linz (191,501), Salzburg (145,871), and Innsbruck (122,458). All other cities have fewer than 100,000 inhabitants.According to Eurostat, in 2018 there were 1.69 million foreign-born residents in Austria, corresponding to 19.2% of the total population. Of these, 928,700 (10.5%) were born outside the EU and 762,000 (8.6%) were born in another EU Member State.WEB, Migration and migrantpopulation statistics,weblink www.ec.europa.eu, Eurostat, There are more than 483,100 descendants of foreign-born immigrants.WEB, Population – Austria,weblink Austrian Press & Information Service in the United States, Embassy of Austria, Turks form one of the largest ethnic groups in Austria, numbering around 350,000.NEWS, BBC, Turkey's ambassador to Austria prompts immigration spat,weblink BBC News, 10 November 2010, 13,000 Turks were naturalised in 2003 and an unknown number have arrived in Austria at the same time. While 2,000 Turks left Austria in the same year, 10,000 immigrated to the country, confirming a strong trend of growth.NEWS,weblink Europe | Back to school for Austria immigrants, BBC News, 24 December 2002, 25 March 2013, Bethany, Bell,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20030523192030weblink">weblink 23 May 2003, live, dmy-all, Together, Serbs, Croats, Bosniaks and Slovenes make up about 5.1% of Austria's total population.The total fertility rate (TFR) in 2017 was estimated at 1.52 children born per woman,WEB,weblink Bevölkerung, STATISTIK, AUSTRIA, Statistik.at, 24 August 2017, below the replacement rate of 2.1, it remains considerably below the high of 4.83 children born per woman in 1873.{{citation|url=https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/children-born-per-woman?year=1800&country=AUT|title=Total Fertility Rate around the world over the last two centuries|author=Max Roser|date=2014|work=Our World In Data, Gapminder Foundation}} In 2015, 42.1% of births were to unmarried women.WEB,weblink Eurostat - Tables, Graphs and Maps Interface (TGM) table, ec.europa.eu, 17 July 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160527142604weblink">weblink 27 May 2016, live, dmy-all, Austria subsequently has the 12nd oldest population in the world, with the average age of 44.2 years.{{citation|url=https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/au.html|title= The World FactBook - Austria|date=July 12, 2018|work=The World Factbook}} The life expectancy in 2016 was estimated at 81.5 years (78.9 years male, 84.3 years female).WEB,weblink The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency, www.cia.gov, 17 July 2017,weblink 28 May 2014, live, dmy-all,

Largest cities

{{Largest cities| name = Largest cities of Austria| country = AustriaStatistik Austria>Statistik Austria 1 January 2014| list_by_pop = | class = nav| div_name = State| div_link = div_1 = Vienna img_1 = Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (27)-Stephansdom Vienna July 2008 (31).jpg div_2 = Styria img_2 =Graz Rathaus 2.jpg div_3 = Upper Austria img_3 = View over Linz.jpg div_4 = Salzburg (state){{!}}Salzburg img_4 =1789 - Salzburg - Festung Hohensalzburg.JPG div_5 = Tyrol (state){{!}}Tyrol| pop_5 = 124,579 div_6 = Carinthia (state){{!}}Carinthia | pop_6 = 96,640 div_7 = Carinthia (state){{!}}Carinthia | pop_7 = 60,004 div_8 = Upper Austria | pop_8 = 59,339 div_9 = Lower Austria | pop_9 = 52,145 div_10 = Vorarlberg | pop_10 = 46,883 div_11 = Lower Austria| pop_11 = 42,273 div_12 = Upper Austria| pop_12 = 38,120 div_13 = Vorarlberg | pop_13 = 31,428 div_14 = Vorarlberg| pop_14 = 28,412 div_16 = Lower Austria | pop_16 = 26,395 div_15 = Upper Austria | pop_15 = 26,174 div_17 =Lower Austria | pop_17 = 25,229 div_18 = Carinthia (state){{!}}Carinthia | pop_18 = 24,993 div_19 = Styria | pop_19 = 24,466 div_20 = Lower Austria | pop_20 = 24,085}}

Language

Standard Austrian German is spoken in Austria, though used primarily just in education, publications, announcements and websites. It is mostly identical to the Standard German of Germany but with some vocabulary differences. This Standard German language is used in formal contexts across Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, as well as among those with significant German-speaking minorities: Italy, Belgium and Denmark. However, the common spoken language of Austria is not the Standard German taught in schools but Austro-Bavarian: a group of Upper German local dialects with varying degrees of difficulty being understood by each other as well as by speakers of non-Austrian German dialects. Taken as a collective whole, German languages or dialects are thus spoken natively by 88.6% of the population, which includes the 2.5% German-born citizens who reside in Austria, followed by Turkish (2.28%), Serbian (2.21%), Croatian (1.63%), English (0.73%), Hungarian (0.51%), Bosnian (0.43%), Polish (0.35%), Albanian (0.35%), Slovenian (0.31%), Czech (0.22%), Arabic (0.22%), and Romanian (0.21%).(File:Continental West Germanic languages.png|thumb|The national and regional standard varieties of the German language)The Austrian federal states of Carinthia and Styria are home to a significant indigenous Slovene-speaking minority while in the easternmost state, Burgenland (formerly part of the Hungarian portion of Austria–Hungary), there are significant Hungarian- and Croatian-speaking minorities. Of the remaining number of Austria's people that are of non-Austrian descent, many come from surrounding countries, especially from the former East Bloc nations. Guest workers (Gastarbeiter) and their descendants, as well as refugees from the Yugoslav wars and other conflicts, also form an important minority group in Austria. Since 1994 the Roma–Sinti (gypsies) have been an officially recognised ethnic minority in Austria.According to census information published by Statistik Austria for 2001 there were a total of 710,926 foreign nationals living in Austria. Of these, the largest by far are 283,334 foreign nationals from the former Yugoslavia (of whom 135,336 speak Serbian; 105,487 Croatian; 31,591 Bosnian – i.e. 272,414 Austrian resident native speakers in total, plus 6,902 Slovenian and 4,018 Macedonian speakers).The second largest population of linguistic and ethnic groups are the Turks (including minority of Kurds) with a number of 200,000 to 300,000 who currently live in Austria.NEWS, Austrians with Turkish roots fear being stripped of nationality,weblink The Local, 19 November 2018, The next largest population of linguistic and ethnic groups are the 124,392 who speak German as their mother tongue even though they hail from outside of Austria (mainly immigrants from Germany, some from Switzerland, South Tyrol in Italy, Romania, or the former Soviet Union); 123,417 English; 24,446 Albanian; 17,899 Polish; 14,699 Hungarian; 12,216 Romanian; 10,000 Malayali; 7,982 Arabic; 6,891 Slovak; 6,707 Czech; 5,916 Persian; 5,677 Italian; 5,466 Russian; 5,213 French; 4,938 Chinese; 4,264 Spanish; 3,503 Bulgarian. The numbers for other languages fall off sharply below 3,000.In 2006, some of the Austrian states introduced standardised tests for new citizens, to assure their language ability, cultural knowledge and accordingly their ability to integrate into the Austrian society.Requirements to become an Austrian citizen {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20070929102627weblink |date=29 September 2007 }}, provided by the Viennese state government {{de icon}} For the national rules, see Austrian nationality law – Naturalisation.

Ethnic groups

File:Oberwart - Felsőőr.JPG|thumb|Bilingual sign of Oberwart (in Hungarian Felsőőr) in BurgenlandBurgenlandHistorically Austrians were regarded as ethnic Germans and viewed themselves as such, although this national identity was challenged by Austrian nationalism in the decades after the end of World War I and even more so after World War II.BOOK, Robert H. Keyserlingk, Austria in World War II: An Anglo-American Dilemma,weblink 1 July 1990, McGill-Queen's Press – MQUP, 978-0-7735-0800-2, 138–, 13 August 2015,weblink 28 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Peter, Thaler, The Ambivalence of Identity: The Austrian Experience of Nation-Building in a Modern Society,weblink 2001, Purdue University Press, 978-1-55753-201-5, 72–, 13 August 2015,weblink 28 September 2015, live, dmy-all, BOOK, Ruth, Wodak, The Discursive Construction of National Identity,weblink 2009, Edinburgh University Press, 978-0-7486-3734-8, 56–, 13 August 2015,weblink 28 September 2015, live, dmy-all, Austria was part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation until its ending in 1806 and had been part of the German Confederation, a loose association of 39 separate German-speaking countries, until the Austro-Prussian war in 1866, which resulted in the exclusion of Austria from the German Confederation and the creation of the North German Confederation led by Prussia. In 1871, Germany was founded as a nation-state, Austria was not a part of it. After World War I and the breakup of the Austrian monarchy, politicians of the new republic declared its name to be "Deutschösterreich" (Republic of German-Austria) and that it was part of the German Republic. A unification of the two countries was forbidden by the treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye as one of the conditions imposed by the victorious Allies of World War I upon the vanquished nation, to prevent the creation of a territorially extensive German state. After the events of World War II and Nazism, Austria as a country has made efforts to develop an Austrian national identity among its populace{{Citation needed|date=September 2014}}, and nowadays most do not consider themselves Germans.WEB, derStandard.at,weblink Österreicher fühlen sich heute als Nation, Derstandard.at, 12 March 2008, 25 March 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121010231817weblink">weblink 10 October 2012, live, dmy-all, However, a minority of Austrians still consider themselves to be Germans and advocate for a "Greater Germany", arguing that the historic boundaries of the German people goes beyond the boundaries of modern-day countries, especially Austria and Germany.Austrians may be described either as a nationality or as a homogeneous Germanic ethnic group,BOOK, Minahan, James, One Europe, many nations: a historical dictionary of European national groups,weblink 25 May 2013, 2000, Greenwood Publishing Group, 978-0313309847, 769,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150321014815weblink">weblink 21 March 2015, live, dmy-all, that is closely related to neighboring Germans, Liechtensteiners and German-speaking Swiss.BOOK, Jeffrey Cole, Jeffrey Cole, Ethnic groups of Europe, 23, Today 91.1% of the population are regarded as ethnic Austrians.WEB,weblink Austria – people and society – ethnic groups, CIA – The world fact book, 29 May 2013,weblink 10 June 2009, live, dmy-all, (File:COB data Austria.PNG|upright=1.35|thumb|The birthplaces of foreign-born naturalised residents of Austria)The Turks are the largest single immigrant group in Austria,"World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples – Austria: Turks" {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110429011430weblink |date=29 April 2011 }}. Minority Rights Group International, World Directory of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples – Austria: Turks, 2008. Online. UNHCR Refworld closely followed by the Serbs.WEB,weblink Beč: Božić na gastarbajterski način | Evropa | Deutsche Welle | 07.01.2010, Dw-world.de, 25 April 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131104161123weblink">weblink 4 November 2013, live, dmy-all, Serbs form one of the largest ethnic groups in Austria, numbering around 300,000 people.NEWS, Palić, Svetlana, Blic, 17 July 2011, Četiri miliona Srba našlo uhlebljenje u inostranstvu,weblink Austriji (300.000), 28 April 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20151026114845weblink">weblink 26 October 2015, live, dmy-all, WEB, Serben-Demo eskaliert in Wien, 2008,weblink 20 Minuten, 20 Minuten Online, 28 April 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120223062706weblink">weblink 23 February 2012, live, dmy-all, WEB, Srbi u Austriji traže status nacionalne manjine, 2 October 2010, Blic,weblink "Srba u Austriji ima oko 300.000, po brojnosti su drugi odmah iza Austrijanaca i više ih je od Slovenaca, Mađara i Gradištanskih Hrvata zajedno, koji po državnom ugovoru iz 1955. godine imaju status nacionalne manjine u Austriji", navodi se u saopštenju., 28 April 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150109205055weblink">weblink 9 January 2015, live, dmy-all, Historically, Serbian immigrants moved to Austria during the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, when Vojvodina was under Imperial control. Following World War II the number of Serbs expanded again, and today the community is very large. The Austrian Serbian Society was founded in 1936. Today, Serbs in Austria are mainly found in Vienna, Salzburg, and Graz.An estimated 13,000 to 40,000 Slovenes in the Austrian state of Carinthia (the Carinthian Slovenes) as well as Croats (around 30,000)WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110706090820weblink">weblink 6 July 2011, HKDC Geschichte – Frame, Croates.at, 21 November 2008, and Hungarians in Burgenland were recognised as a minority and have had special rights following the Austrian State Treaty () of 1955. The Slovenes in the Austrian state of Styria (estimated at a number between 1,600 and 5,000) are not recognised as a minority and do not have special rights, although some believe the State Treaty of 27 July 1955 states otherwise.{{Citation needed|date=December 2009}}The right for bilingual topographic signs for the regions where Slovene and Croat Austrians live alongside the German-speaking population (as required by the 1955 State Treaty) is still to be fully implemented in the view of some, while others believe that the treaty-derived obligations have been met (see below). Many Carinthians are afraid of Slovenian territorial claims,{{Citation needed|date=December 2009}} pointing to the fact that Yugoslav troops entered the state after each of the two World Wars and considering that some official Slovenian atlases show parts of Carinthia as Slovene cultural territory. The recently deceased governor, Jörg Haider, has made this fact a matter of public argument in autumn 2005 by refusing to increase the number of bilingual topographic signs in Carinthia. A poll by the Kärntner Humaninstitut conducted in January 2006 states that 65% of Carinthians are not in favour of an increase of bilingual topographic signs, since the original requirements set by the State Treaty of 1955 have already been fulfilled according to their point of view.Another interesting phenomenon is the so-called "(:de:Windischen-Theorie|Windischen-Theorie)" stating that the Slovenes can be split in two groups: actual Slovenes and Windische (a traditional German name for Slavs), based on differences in language between Austrian Slovenes, who were taught Slovene standard language in school and those Slovenes who spoke their local Slovene dialect but went to German schools. The term Windische was applied to the latter group as a means of distinction. This politically influenced theory, dividing Slovene Austrians into the "loyal Windische" and the "national Slovenes", was never generally accepted and fell out of use some decades ago.

Religion

{{Pie chart|thumb = rightStaat und Religion {{Webarchive>url=https://web.archive.org/web/20161115183538weblink PUBLISHER=STATISTA – DAS STATISTIK-PORTALARCHIVE-URL=HTTPS://WEB.ARCHIVE.ORG/WEB/20181119085510/HTTPS://DE.STATISTA.COM/STATISTIK/DATEN/STUDIE/304874/UMFRAGE/MITGLIEDER-IN-RELIGIONSGEMEINSCHAFTEN-IN-OESTERREICH/URL-STATUS=LIVELAST=KATHOLISCH.ATACCESS-DATE=6 DECEMBER 2016ARCHIVE-DATE=14 MARCH 2013DF=DMY-ALL, |label1 = Catholic Church|value1 = 56.9|color1 = #2243B6|label2 = Eastern Orthodoxy|value2 = 8.8|color2 = Orchid|label3 = Protestantism|value3 = 3.3|color3 = DodgerBlue|label4 = Islam|value4 = 8|color4 = Green|label5 = Buddhism|value5 = 0.3|color5 = YellowIrreligion>None or other|value6 = 22.7|color6 = WhiteSmoke}}In 2001, about 74% of Austria's population were registered as Roman Catholic,WEB, Census 2001: Population 2001 according to religious affiliation and nationality,weblink 17 December 2007, German, Statistik Austria,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071114090849weblink">weblink 14 November 2007, live, dmy-all, while about 5% considered themselves Protestants. Austrian Christians, both Catholic and Protestant,Tax is only mandatory for Lutherans and Reformed. are obliged to pay a mandatory membership fee (calculated by income—about 1%) to their church; this payment is called "Kirchenbeitrag" ("Ecclesiastical/Church contribution"). Since the second half of the 20th century, the number of adherents and churchgoers has declined. Data for 2018 from the Austrian Roman Catholic Church list 5,050,000 members, or 56.9% of the total Austrian population. Sunday church attendance was 605,828 or 7% of the total Austrian population in 2015.WEB,weblink Katholische Kirche Österreichs, Statistik, 12 February 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130314100023weblink">weblink 14 March 2013, live, dmy-all, The Lutheran church also recorded a loss of 74,421 adherents between 2001 and 2016.The 2001 census report indicated that about 12% of the population declared that they have no religion; according to ecclesiastical information this share had grown to 20% by 2015.Church data {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130116063732weblink |date=16 January 2013 }} retrieved 14 January 2015 Of the remaining people, around 340,000 were registered as members of various Muslim communities in 2001, mainly due to the influx from Turkey, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. The number of Muslims has doubled in 15 years to 700,000 in 2016.Zahl der Muslime in Österreich seit 2001 verdoppelt {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170920155004weblink |date=20 September 2017 }} diepresse.com, 4 August 2017. About 180,000 are members of Orthodox Churches (mostly Serbs), about 21,000 people are active Jehovah's WitnessesBOOK, 2015 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, Watch Tower Society, 178, and about 8,100 are Jewish.File:Mariazell Basilika 3.jpg|thumb|The Basilica of MariazellMariazellAccording to the most recent Eurobarometer Poll 2010,WEB,weblink Special Eurobarometer, biotechnology, page 204, Fieldwork: Jan–Feb 2010, 21 February 2013,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101215001129weblink">weblink 15 December 2010, live, dmy-all,
  • 44% of Austrian citizens responded that "they believe there is a God".
  • 38% answered that "they believe there is some sort of spirit or life force".
  • 12% answered that "they do not believe there is any sort of spirit, God, or life force".

Education

File:Melk Stift Altstadt.jpg|thumb|Stiftsgymnasium MelkStiftsgymnasium MelkEducation in Austria is entrusted partly to the Austrian states (Bundesländer) and partly to the federal government. School attendance is compulsory for nine years, i.e. usually to the age of fifteen.Pre-school education (called Kindergarten in German), free in most states, is provided for all children between the ages of three and six years and, whilst optional, is considered a normal part of a child's education due to its high takeup rate. Maximum class size is around 30, each class normally being cared for by one qualified teacher and one assistant.Primary education, or Volksschule, lasts for four years, starting at age six. The maximum class size is 30, but may be as low as 15. It is generally expected that a class will be taught by one teacher for the entire four years and the stable bond between teacher and pupil is considered important for a child's well-being. The 3Rs (Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic) dominate lesson time, with less time allotted to project work than in the UK. Children work individually and all members of a class follow the same plan of work. There is no streaming.Standard attendance times are 8 am to 12 pm or 1 pm, with hourly five- or ten-minute breaks. Children are given homework daily from the first year. Historically there has been no lunch hour, with children returning home to eat. However, due to a rise in the number of mothers in work, primary schools are increasingly offering pre-lesson and afternoon care.As in Germany, secondary education consists of two main types of schools, attendance at which is based on a pupil's ability as determined by grades from the primary school. The Gymnasium caters for the more able children, in the final year of which the Matura examination is taken, which is a requirement for access to university. The Hauptschule prepares pupils for vocational education but also for various types of further education (Höhere Technische Lehranstalt HTL = institution of higher technical education; HAK = commercial academy; HBLA = institution of higher education for economic business; etc.). Attendance at one of these further education institutes also leads to the Matura. Some schools aim to combine the education available at the Gymnasium and the Hauptschule, and are known as Gesamtschulen. In addition, a recognition of the importance of learning English has led some Gymnasiums to offer a bilingual stream, in which pupils deemed able in languages follow a modified curriculum, a portion of the lesson time being conducted in English.File:Wien - Universität (3).JPG|thumb|The University of ViennaUniversity of ViennaFile:Wien 02 Campus WU a.jpg|thumb| The campus of the Vienna University of Economics and BusinessVienna University of Economics and BusinessAs at primary school, lessons at Gymnasium begin at 8 am and continue with short intervals until lunchtime or early afternoon, with children returning home to a late lunch. Older pupils often attend further lessons after a break for lunch, generally eaten at school. As at primary level, all pupils follow the same plan of work. Great emphasis is placed on homework and frequent testing. Satisfactory marks in the end-of-the-year report ("Zeugnis") are a prerequisite for moving up ("aufsteigen") to the next class. Pupils who do not meet the required standard re-sit their tests at the end of the summer holidays; those whose marks are still not satisfactory are required to re-sit the year ("sitzenbleiben").It is not uncommon for a pupil to re-sit more than one year of school. After completing the first two years, pupils choose between one of two strands, known as "Gymnasium" (slightly more emphasis on arts) or "Realgymnasium" (slightly more emphasis on science). Whilst many schools offer both strands, some do not, and as a result, some children move schools for a second time at age 12. At age 14, pupils may choose to remain in one of these two strands, or to change to a vocational course, possibly with a further change of school.The Austrian university system had been open to any student who passed the Matura examination until recently. A 2006 bill allowed the introduction of entrance exams for studies such as Medicine. In 2001, an obligatory tuition fee ("Studienbeitrag") of €363.36 per term was introduced for all public universities. There are some non-state exceptions to this, where students can still study for a subsidized education, for example within the campus system of the English Teacher Training College. Since 2008, for all EU students the studies have been free of charge, as long as a certain time-limit is not exceeded (the expected duration of the study plus usually two terms tolerance).WEB,weblink Studying in Austria: Tuition Fee, 1 January 2009, Help.gv.at, 18 June 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090501221940weblink">weblink 1 May 2009, live, dmy-all, When the time-limit is exceeded, the fee of around €363.36 per term is charged. Some further exceptions to the fee apply, e.g. for students with a year's salary of more than about €5000. In all cases, an obligatory fee of €17 is charged for the student union and insurance.

Culture

Music

File:Wolfgang-amadeus-mozart 1.jpg|thumb|upright|Wolfgang Amadeus MozartWolfgang Amadeus MozartAustria's past as a European power and its cultural environment generated a broad contribution to various forms of art, most notably among them music. Austria was the birthplace of many famous composers such as Joseph Haydn, Michael Haydn, Franz Liszt, Franz Schubert, Anton Bruckner, Johann Strauss, Sr. and Johann Strauss, Jr. as well as members of the Second Viennese School such as Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern and Alban Berg. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, then an independent Church Principality of the Holy Roman Empire, which later became part of Austria, and much of Mozart's career was spent in Vienna.Vienna was for a long time an important centre of musical innovation. 18th- and 19th-century composers were drawn to the city due to the patronage of the Habsburgs, and made Vienna the European capital of classical music. During the Baroque period, Slavic and Hungarian folk forms influenced Austrian music.File:StateOperaViennaNightBackside.jpg|thumb|left|The Vienna State OperaVienna State OperaVienna's status began its rise as a cultural centre in the early 16th century, and was focused around instruments, including the lute. Ludwig van Beethoven spent the better part of his life in Vienna. Austria's current national anthem, attributed to Mozart, was chosen after World War II to replace the traditional Austrian anthem by Joseph Haydn.Austrian Herbert von Karajan was principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic for 35 years. He is generally regarded as one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, and he was a dominant figure in European classical music from the 1960s until his death.NEWS,weblink Herbert von Karajan Is Dead; Musical Perfectionist was 81, A1, The New York Times, John, Rockwell, 17 July 1989, 27 July 2018,weblink 12 July 2018, live, dmy-all, International pop super star Johann Hölzel, also known by his stage name Falco was born in Vienna, Austria 19 February 1957.Conchita Wurst is also a renowned singer from the Austrian stock.

Art and architecture

{{Further|List of Austrian artists and architects}}File:Wien - Schloss Belvedere, oberes (1).JPG|thumb|The Belvedere Palace, an example of BaroqueBaroqueAmong Austrian Artists and architects one can find the painters Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Rudolf von Alt, Hans Makart, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, Carl Moll, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the photographers Inge Morath and Ernst Haas, and architects like Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and Hans Hollein (recipient of the 1985 Pritzker Architecture Prize). Contemporary artist Herbert Brandl.

Cinema and theatre

File:Michael Haneke 2009.jpg|thumb|100px|Michael HanekeMichael HanekeSascha Kolowrat was an Austrian pioneer of filmmaking. Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang, Josef von Sternberg, and Fred Zinnemann originally came from Austria before establishing themselves as internationally relevant movie makers. Willi Forst, Ernst Marischka, or Franz Antel enriched the popular cinema in German language speaking countries. Michael Haneke became internationally known for his disturbing cinematic studies, before receiving a Golden Globe for his critically acclaimed film The White Ribbon in 2010.The first Austrian film director to receive an Academy Award was Stefan Ruzowitzky. A number of Austrian actors were able to pursue a career, the impact of which was sensed beyond national borders. Among them were Peter Lorre, Helmut Berger, Curd Jürgens, Senta Berger, Oskar Werner, and Klaus Maria Brandauer. Hedy Lamarr and Arnold Schwarzenegger became American as well as international movie stars. The latter also became the 38th Governor of California. Christoph Waltz rose to international fame with his performance in Inglourious Basterds, earning the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2009, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2010 and finally two Oscars. Max Reinhardt was a master of spectacular and astute theatre productions. Otto Schenk not only excelled as a stage actor, but also as an opera director.

Science and philosophy

{{Further|Austrian School|Vienna circle|List of Austrian scientists}}File:Karl Popper.jpg|thumb|100px|right|Karl PopperKarl PopperAustria was the cradle of numerous scientists with international reputation. Among them are Ludwig Boltzmann, Ernst Mach, Victor Franz Hess and Christian Doppler, prominent scientists in the 19th century. In the 20th century, contributions by Lise Meitner, Erwin Schrödinger and Wolfgang Pauli to nuclear research and quantum mechanics were key to these areas' development during the 1920s and 1930s. A present-day quantum physicist is Anton Zeilinger, noted as the first scientist to demonstrate quantum teleportation.In addition to physicists, Austria was the birthplace of two of the most noteworthy philosophers of the 20th century, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Karl Popper. In addition to them, biologists Gregor Mendel and Konrad Lorenz as well as mathematician Kurt Gödel and engineers such as Ferdinand Porsche and Siegfried Marcus were Austrians.A focus of Austrian science has always been medicine and psychology, starting in medieval times with Paracelsus. Eminent physicians like Theodore Billroth, Clemens von Pirquet, and Anton von Eiselsberg have built upon the achievements of the 19th-century Vienna School of Medicine. Austria was home to Sigmund Freud, founder of psychoanalysis, Alfred Adler, founder of Individual psychology, psychologists Paul Watzlawick and Hans Asperger, and psychiatrist Viktor Frankl.The Austrian School of Economics, which is prominent as one of the main competitive directions for economic theory, is related to Austrian economists Carl Menger, Joseph Schumpeter, Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk, Ludwig von Mises, and Friedrich Hayek. Other noteworthy Austrian-born émigrés include the management thinker Peter Drucker, sociologist Paul Felix Lazarsfeld and scientist Sir Gustav Nossal.

Literature

{{See also|List of Austrian writers|Austrian literature}}File:Stefan Zweig2.png|thumb|100px|Stefan ZweigStefan ZweigComplementing its status as a land of artists and scientists, Austria has always been a country of poets, writers, and novelists. It was the home of novelists Arthur Schnitzler, Stefan Zweig, Thomas Bernhard, and Robert Musil, of poets Georg Trakl, Franz Werfel, Franz Grillparzer, Rainer Maria Rilke, Adalbert Stifter, Karl Kraus and children's author Eva Ibbotson.Famous contemporary playwrights and novelists are Nobel prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, Peter Handke and Daniel Kehlmann.

Food and beverages

Austria's cuisine is derived from that of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Austrian cuisine is mainly the tradition of Royal-Cuisine ("Hofküche") delivered over centuries. It is famous for its well-balanced variations of beef and pork and countless variations of vegetables. There is also the "Mehlspeisen" Bakery, which created particular delicacies such as Sachertorte, "Krapfen" which are doughnuts usually filled with apricot jam or custard, and "Strudel" such as "Apfelstrudel" filled with apple, "Topfenstrudel" filled with a type of cheese curd called "topfen", and "Millirahmstrudel" (milk-cream strudel).In addition to native regional traditions, the cuisine has been influenced by Hungarian, Bohemia Czech, Jewish, Italian, Balkan and French cuisine, from which both dishes and methods of food preparation have often been borrowed. The Austrian cuisine is therefore one of the most multicultural and transcultural in Europe.File:Wiener-Schnitzel02.jpg|thumb|Wiener SchnitzelWiener SchnitzelTypical Austrian dishes include Wiener Schnitzel, Schweinsbraten, Kaiserschmarren, Knödel, Sachertorte and Tafelspitz. There are also Kärntner Kasnudeln, which are pockets of dough filled with Topfen, potatoes, herbs and peppermint which are boiled and served with a butter sauce. Kasnudeln are traditionally served with a salad. Eierschwammerl dishes are also popular. The sugar block dispenser Pez was invented in Austria, as well as Mannerschnitten. Austria is also famous for its Mozartkugeln and its coffee tradition. With over 8 kg per year it has the sixth highest per capita coffee consumption worldwide.NEWS,weblink Coffee: Who grows, drinks and pays the most?, Jones, Lora, 2018-04-13, BBC News, 2018-05-13, en-GB,weblink 13 June 2018, live, dmy-all, Beer is sold in 0.2 litre (a Pfiff), 0.3 litre (a Seidel, kleines Bier or Glas Bier) and 0.5 litre (a Krügerl or großes Bier or Halbe) measures. At festivals one litre Maß and two litre Doppelmaß in the Bavarian style are also dispensed. The most popular types of beer are lager (known as Märzen in Austria), naturally cloudy Zwicklbier and wheat beer. At holidays like Christmas and Easter bock beer is also available.The most important wine-producing areas are in Lower Austria, Burgenland, Styria and Vienna. The Grüner Veltliner grape provides some of Austria's most notable white winesWEB,weblink Gruner Veltliner Wine, Wine-Searcher, 2 June 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140301165955weblink">weblink 1 March 2014, live, dmy-all, and Zweigelt is the most widely planted red wine grape.WEB,weblink Zweigelt Wine, Wine-Searcher, 2 June 2014,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140207055743weblink">weblink 7 February 2014, live, dmy-all, In Upper Austria, Lower Austria, Styria and Carinthia, Most, a type of cider or perry, is widely produced.A Schnapps of typically up to 60% alcohol or fruit brandy is drunk, which in Austria is made from a variety of fruits, for example apricots and rowanberries. The produce of small private schnapps distilleries, of which there are around 20,000 in Austria, is known as Selbstgebrannter or Hausbrand.Local soft drinks such as Almdudler are very popular around the country as an alternative to alcoholic beverages. Another popular drink is the so-called "Spezi", a mix between Coca-Cola and the original formula of Orange Fanta or the more locally renowned Frucade.{{citation needed|date=January 2019}} Red Bull, the highest-selling energy drink in the world, was introduced by Dietrich Mateschitz, an Austrian entrepreneur.

Sports

File:Bergisel.jpg|thumb|Innsbruck hosted the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics, as well as the 2012 Winter Youth Olympics2012 Winter Youth OlympicsDue to the mountainous terrain, alpine skiing is a prominent sport in Austria and is extremely valuable in the promotion and economic growth of the country.JOURNAL, Horak, Roman, Spitaler, Georg, 2003, Sport, Space and National Identity: Soccer and Skiing as Formative Forces: On the Austrian Example, American Behavioral Scientist, 46, 11, 1508–18, 10.1177/0002764203046011004, Similar sports such as snowboarding or ski-jumping are also widely popular. Austrian athletes such as Annemarie Moser-Pröll, Franz Klammer, Hermann Maier, Toni Sailer, Benjamin Raich, Marlies Schild & Marcel Hirscher are widely regarded as some of the greatest alpine skiers of all time, Armin Kogler, Andreas Felder, Ernst Vettori, Andreas Goldberger, Andreas Widhölzl, Thomas Morgenstern & Gregor Schlierenzauer as some of the greatest ski jumpers of all time. Bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton are also popular events with a permanent track located in Igls, which hosted bobsleigh and luge competitions for the 1964 and 1976 Winter Olympics held in Innsbruck. The first Winter Youth Olympics in 2012 were held in Innsbruck as well.WEB, YOG Innsbruck 2012: Relive the announcement, International Olympic Committee,weblink 12 December 2008, 24 December 2008,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081216073505weblink">weblink 16 December 2008, live, File:Fischer Sports franz-klammer 1976.jpg|thumb|upright|left|Ski racer Franz Klammer won a gold medal at the 1976 Winter Olympics in InnsbruckInnsbruckA popular team sport in Austria is football, which is governed by the Austrian Football Association.WEB,weblink Österreichischer Fußballbund, 2009, ÖFB, German, 17 June 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090628120811weblink">weblink 28 June 2009, live, Austria was among the most successful football playing nations on the European continent placing 4th at the 1934 FIFA World Cup, 3rd at the 1954 FIFA World Cup and 7th at the 1978 FIFA World Cup. However, recently Austrian football has not been internationally successful. It also co-hosted the 2008 UEFA European Football Championship with Switzerland. The national Austrian football league is the Austrian Bundesliga, which includes teams such as record-champions SK Rapid Wien, FK Austria Wien, Red Bull Salzburg and Sturm Graz.Besides football, Austria also has professional national leagues for most major team sports, including the Austrian Hockey League for ice hockey, and the Österreichische Basketball Bundesliga for basketball. Horseback riding is also popular; the famed Spanish Riding School of Vienna is located in Vienna.Niki Lauda is a former Formula One driver who was three times F1 World Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984. He is currently the only driver to have been champion for both Ferrari and McLaren, the sport's two most successful constructors. Other known Austrian F1 drivers are for example Gerhard Berger and Jochen Rindt. Austria also hosts F1 races (Austrian Grand Prix); now held at Red Bull Ring, in the past also at Österreichring and Zeltweg Airfield.Thomas Muster is a former tennis player and one of the greatest clay courters of all time. He won the 1995 French Open and in 1996 he was ranked number 1 in the ATP Ranking. Other known Austrian tennis players are for example Horst Skoff, Jürgen Melzer and Dominic Thiem.Sport played a significant role in developing national consciousness and boosting national self-confidence in the early years of the Second Republic after World War II, through events such as the Tour of Austria cycle race and through sporting successes such as the national football team's run to third at the 1954 World Cup and the performances of Toni Sailer and the rest of the "Kitzbühel Miracle Team" in the 1950s.JOURNAL, Marschick, Matthias, Summer 2011, Austrian Sport and the Challenges of Its Recent Historiography, 10.5406/jsporthistory.38.2.189, Journal of Sport History, 38, 2, 189–198, JOURNAL, Norden, Gilbert, Spring 2001, Austrian Sport Museums,weblink Journal of Sport History, 28, 1, 87–107, 3 January 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20170114031850weblink">weblink 14 January 2017, live, dmy-all,

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Bibliography

  • BOOK, The Austrians: a thousand-year odyssey, Brook-Shepherd, Gordon, Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc, 1998, 978-0-7867-0520-7, New York,
  • BOOK, Modern Austria: empire and republic 1815–1986, Jelavich, Barbara, Cambridge University Press, 1987, 978-0-521-31625-5, Cambridge,
  • BOOK, Introducing Austria: a short history, Johnson, Lonnie, Ariadne Press, 1989, 978-0-929497-03-7, Riverside, Calif.,
  • Rathkolb, Oliver. The Paradoxical Republic: Austria, 1945–2005 (Berghahn Books; 2010, 301 pages). Translation of 2005 study of paradoxical aspects of Austria's political culture and society.
  • BOOK, States, nations, and nationalism: from the Middle Ages to the present, Schulze, Hagen, Blackwell, 1996, 978-0-631-20933-1, Cambridge, Massachusetts,

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