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Study in Austria

It may be relatively small, but there are many reasons to study in Austria, including a number of universities which rank among the world's best. In terms of area, Austria is no bigger than the US state of Maine, and in terms of population, it is home to roughly the same number of people as the UK capital, London. But this beautiful Central European country, full of stunning landscapes and exuberant cities, should certainly not be judged on size.

This is the land which brought the world great composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and innovative thinkers such as Sigmund Freud and Ludwig Wittgenstein – not to forget the iconic musical, The Sound of Music, and the equally memorable one-liners of actor-turned-politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Fast Facts

  • Federal republic, split into nine states
  • Parliamentary democracy, headed by president and chancellor, with bicameral legislature
  • Landlocked country in central Europe, with a population of around 8.4 million and a total area of 32,377 square miles
  • Borders with Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Lichtenstein
  • International dialing code: +43
  • Central European Time (UTC+1)
  • Member state of the EU, but not a member of NATO (the only continental EU country that is not a member of NATO)
  • Austrian males must serve for six months in the military or nine months on civilian service when they reach 18.
  • Official language: German
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Main religion: Roman Catholic
  • Capital: Vienna (also by far the largest city)
  • 62% of Austria's total land area is covered by the Austrian Alps.
  • The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flags in the world, dating from 1191.
  • The oldest zoo in the world is the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna, founded in 1752.
  • Vienna's Central Cemetery has over 2.5 million tombs (more than the city's live population), including those of Beethoven, Brahms, Gluck, Schubert, Schoenberg and Strauss.
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