Austria

By: Josh Bennett

History of Austria

Austria joined the EU in 1995 but was not a founder. Before joining the EU it was a part of Hungary. It was reduced to a small republic after defeat in WW1. In 1955 Austria signed a state treaty and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "Perpetual Neutrality" as a condition from the Soviet military withdrawal.

Economy

Austria's government is a federal republic which is a government divided into 3 branches to ensure a central government in which no individual group gains to much control. Austria's currency was the schilling until it was changed to the Euro. Austira's capital is Vienna and other major cities are Graz, Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck.

Facts

About of half of Austrian men are overweight.

The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flags.

The sewing machine was invented in 1818 by Josef Madersperger who was an Austrian.

Geography

Physical features in Austria are the Alps, the Danube river (the longest river in Austria), and Neusiedler see (the longest lake in Austria. Austria's borders are Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Liechenstien. Physical features near it are Lake Constance and the Rhine river.