Basic facts about Austria
Territory: 83,879 km2
Location: Central Europe (borders with Czech Republic, Germany, Liechtenstein, Swizerland, Italiy, Slovenia, Hungary and Slovakia)
Population: 8,600,000 persons
Form of Government: Republic
UN member since: 1955, UN Office in Vienna since 1980
OECD: founder member
EU member since: 1995
Schengen area member since: 1995
Official Language: German
Time zone: GMT + 1 hour. Summer time from last Sunday of March to last Sunday of October (GMT + 2 hours).
Currency: Euro (EUR)
International Airports: Vienna, Graz, Linz, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt
General visa information: The visa requirements of Austria are in line with the provisions and recommendations of the EU and of the Schengen Convention.
Weather: The climate of Austria is continental, with the western oceanic and the southern Mediterranean climate also having an impact. Summer temperature is 25-30 °C on average with occasional heat waves reaching 35-40 °C. The winters are cold with a temperature of -15 – 10 °C.
Electrical plugs: Electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz.
- 1 January – New Year’s Day
- 6 January – Epiphany
- Easter Monday
- 1 May – Labour Day
- Ascension (Thursday), Pentecost (Monday), Corpus Christi (Thursday)
- 15 August (Assumption of Mary)
- 26 October – National Day
- 1 November – All Saints’ Day
- 8 December – Immaculate Conception
- 25 December – Christmas
- 26 December – St. Stephen’s Day