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If you are going to visit Austria and teach English there, keep in mind to find out everything relating to this country.
 
Country Information

austriaNational name: Republik Österreich
President: Heinz Fischer (2004)
Area: 32,378 sq mi (83,858 sq km)
Capital and largest city (2003 est.): Vienna, 2,041,300 (metro area), 1,523,600 (city proper)
Monetary units: Euro (formerly schilling)
Literacy rate: 98%

Ethnicity/race:
- German 88.5%,
- recent immigrant groups 10% (includes Turks, Bosnians, Serbians, Croatians),
- indigenous minorities 1.5% (includes Croatians, Slovenes, Hungarians, Czechs, Slovaks, Roma)(2001)

Population (2005 est.): 8,184,691
- growth rate: 0.1%
- birth rate 8.8/1000;
- infant mortality rate: 4.7/1000;
- life expectancy: 78.9;
- density per sq mi: 253  
Other large cities:
- Graz, 219,500;
- Linz, 185,300;
- Salzburg, 145,500;
- Innsbruck, 115,600   

Languages:
- German 98% (official nationwide);
- Slovene,
- Croatian,
- Hungarian (each official in one region)
Religions:
- Roman Catholic 74%,
- Protestant 5%,
- Islam 4%,
- other 17%
  
Economic summary:
- GDP/PPP (2004 est.): $255.9 billion; per capita $31,300. - Real growth rate: 1.9%.
- Inflation: 1.8%.
- Unemployment: 4.4%.
- Arable land: 17%.
- Agriculture: grains, potatoes, sugar beets, wine, fruit; dairy products, cattle, pigs, poultry; lumber.
- Labor force: 3.45 million; services 67%, industry and crafts 29%, agriculture and forestry 4%.
- Industries: construction, machinery, vehicles and parts, food, chemicals, lumber and wood processing, paper and paperboard, communications equipment, tourism.
- Natural resources: iron ore, oil, timber, magnesite, lead, coal, lignite, copper, hydropower.
- Exports: $83.45 billion (f.o.b., 2003): machinery and equipment, motor vehicles and parts, paper and paperboard, metal goods, chemicals, iron and steel; textiles, foodstuffs.
- Imports: $81.59 billion (f.o.b., 2003 est.): machinery and equipment, motor vehicles, chemicals, metal goods, oil and oil products; foodstuffs.
- Major trading partners: EU, Switzerland, U.S., Hungary.

Communications:
- Telephones: main lines in use: 4 million (consisting of 3,600,000 analog main lines plus 400,000 Integrated Services Digital Network connections); in addition, there are 100,000 Asymmetric Digital Services lines (2001); mobile cellular: 6 million (2001).
- Radio broadcast stations: AM 2, FM 160 (plus several hundred repeaters), shortwave 1 (2001). Radios: 6.08 million (1997).
- Television broadcast stations: 45 (plus more than 1,000 repeaters) (2001).
- Televisions: 4.25 million (1997).
- Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 37 (2000).
- Internet users: 3 million (2000).
  

Transportation:
- Railways: total: 6,095.2 km (3,643.3 km electrified) (2001 est.).
- Highways: 133,361 km; paved: 133,361 km (including 1,613 km of expressways); unpaved: 0 km (1998).
- Waterways: 358 km (1999).
- Ports and harbors: Linz, Vienna, Enns, Krems.
- Airports: 55 (2001).