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‘Practically no government – a queer shabby kind of populace – quite nice – and no bosses or bossing at all – a queer empty sort of feeling, all the forza of Italy suddenly removed, and the sforza too. It is much more restful to the nerves.'



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The Transparency International (TI) 2012 ‘Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) placed Austria at a respectable enough 25th of the countries surveyed, not far behind the United States (19th) and the United Kingdom (17th) but behind EU benchmark country Germany at 13th. However, finding himself on the political back foot, the SPÖ Chancellor Werner Faymann promised to instigate and speed up the introduction of a new law on the issue after Peter Pilz, a high profile member of the Green Party warned the SPÖ-ÖVP government he was prepared to press for a referendum on the issue. The OGM poll had suggested that an overwhelming 84 per cent of Austrians did not believe their politicians’ pledges to ensure more transparency. A respected political scientist Fritz Plasser deplored the government’s ‘complete ineffectiveness’, claiming that Austria’s current regulations failed to meet Western European standards

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In the space of 10 pages the Austria Profile covers the following:

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Republik Österreich (Republic of Austria)
Head of State: Federal President Heinz Fischer (SPÖ) (from 2004; re-elected 25 Apr 2010)
Head of government: Chancellor Werner Faymann (SPÖ) (from 2 Dec 2008, re-elected 29 Sep 2013)
Ruling party: Coalition led by Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs (SPÖ) (Social Democratic Party of Austria) with Österreichische Volkspartei (ÖVP) (Austrian People's Party) (from 2 Dec 2008, re-elected 29 Sep 2013)
Area: 83,855 square km
Population: 8.52 million (2014)
Capital: Vienna
Official language: German
Currency: Euro (€) = 100 cents (from 1 Jan 2002; previous currency schilling, locked at S13.76 per euro)
Exchange rate: €0.89 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$51,307 (2014)*
GDP real growth: 0.34% (2014)*
GDP: US$437.12 billion (2014)*
Labour force: 3.84 million (2014)*
Unemployment: 5.00% (2014)
Inflation: 1.46% (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$3.18 billion (2014)
* estimated figure


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