Austria Guide

Austria Guide

Country data

Location: Europe

Time zone: CET

Total area: 83,871 km²

Land area: 82,445 km²

Water area: 1,426 km²

Length of the state border: 2,524 km

Bordering countries:
Germany: 801 km
Italy: 404 km
Liechtenstein: 34 km
Switzerland: 158 km
Slovakia: 105 km
Slovenia: 299 km
Czech Republic: 402 km
Hungary: 321 km

Coastline: 0 km

Capital: Vienna

Federal states: 9
Burgenland, Carinthia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vorarlberg, Vienna

Electric current: 220 V / 50 Hz

Telephone code: 00 43 (Source: Allcitycodes)

Highest point: Grossglockner 3,798 m


Population: approx. 8.2 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)

Population growth: 0.2% per year

Population density (residents per km²): 98

Life expectancy: 75 (male), 81 (female)

Official language: German


  • 74% Roman Catholic
  • 5% Protestants
  • 4% Muslim
  • 17% other


Austria lies in a continental climate zone.

The summer months are warm with average daytime temperatures around 20 ° C.

In winter it is always quite cool, with temperatures between -20 ° C and 0 ° C depending on the altitude.

Currency / finance

Currency unit: € / Euro (EUR)

Classification: 1 euro = 100 cents

ATMs: Available in many cities.

International credit cards: These are accepted by many hotels and shops.

Regulations: Foreign and national currencies can be imported and exported in unlimited amounts.

Customs regulations

The following may be carried duty-free:

  • 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 g of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • small amounts of perfume

(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)

Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.

Travel advice

Austria has temporarily reintroduced border controls. There may be a corresponding waiting time when crossing the national borders.


Steel processing and mechanical engineering are still among the most important industrial branches.

However, the electrical industry, the service sector and tourism have also grown steadily in recent years.

Industries: chemistry, electronics, vehicle construction, wood processing, food production, mechanical engineering, steel processing, tourism

Natural resources: lead, iron ore, wood, coal, copper, magnesium, hydropower, zinc

Land use:

  • Land: 17%
  • Grain cultivation: 1%
  • Pasture area: 23%
  • Forests: 39%
  • other: 20%
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