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Austria is officially the Republic of Austria. This is a landlocked country of roughly 8.47 million people that is located in central Europe. 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. German is Austria’s official language and is spoken natively by close to 90% of the population. English is widely spoken, and the only area most tourists have linguistic problems with is in translating menus!
Austria is the 12th richest country in the world in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita. It has a well-developed social market economy, and a high standard of living. A working knowledge of German is very advantageous when working here. Austrians are quite formal in their business dealings and it is essential to address business contacts by their title, until familiarity is well established. Business hours are generally Monday to Friday 0800-1600/1700, with many office spaces closing slightly earlier on Friday at 1500/1600. Austria’s main exports are machinery, metals, paper, textiles, and livestock. Its main imports are machinery and equipment, vehicles, chemicals, and oil. Austria’s main trading partners are Germany, Italy, Switzerland, USA, and China.
Entertainment And Dining Out
Austrian food specialties include: Wiener Schnitzel - a traditional dish consisting of a veal escalope covered in breadcrumbs and shallow fried, Tafelspitz - boiled beef – which is regarded as Austria’s national dish, and Apfelstrudel - apple strudel. The main meal of the day is lunch.
Vienna International Airport is located 10 miles southeast of Vienna, Salzburg Airport is located 2.5 miles west of Salzburg city center and Innsbruck Airport is located 3 miles to the west of Innsbruck. Flights to Austria are served by the two national airlines, both part of the Austrian Airlines Group: Austrian Airlines and Austrian Arrows. Flying from London to Innsbruck takes 2 hours, to Salzburg it takes 1 hour 45 minutes and flying from New York to Vienna takes around 9 hours. Austria offers multiple options for train travel. Every neighboring country has train connections at least hourly, and many, such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, and Switzerland, have more frequent connections. The ÖBB (Austrian Railways) operate high-speed ICE and RailJet trains from Zurich, Munich, Frankfurt, Passau, and Budapest.