Total area: 83,872 km2
Population: 8,356,707(2009 estimate)
Currency: Euro (€)
Official language(s): German (Standard: Austrian German)
Governement: Federal Parliamentary republic
Internet TLD: .at
Calling code: +43
Austria is located in Central Europe. It is bordered by: Germany and the Czech Republic to the North; Slovakia and Hungary to the East; Slovenia and Italy to the South; Switzerland and Lichtenstein to the west.
It is a mountainous region, mostly due to the Alps: Central Eastern Alps, Nordic Limestone Alps, Southern Limestone Alps; only a quarter of the country can be considered lowland -mainly in the East. Geographically, it can be divided into five areas: Austrian Alps which represent 62% of the total area of Austria; Austrian foothills at the base of the Alps and the Carpathians - about 12% of its territory; the foothills in the east and areas surrounding the periphery of the Pannoni Plain - 12%; the second mountain range located in the north, Austrian granite plateau, in central Bohemia - 10% and Vienna Basin - 4%.
Blessed with one of the most beautiful mountain scenery, Austria offers multiple and diverse holiday opportunities, either practicing sports according to the season, or enjoying the breathtaking scenery. Also, you can go walking, rest, take advantage of the fresh air and visit places that you will certainly never forget in your life.
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