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Federal state of nearly 8.5 million people, the Republic of Austria is a prosperous country, enjoying a privileged position in the heart of Central Europe. Austria is a member of the European Union since 1 January 1995. The companies have largely taken advantage of the economic integration of countries of the former Eastern bloc, especially in favor of the enlargement of the Union European countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Austria is also the largest investor in the Western Balkans, it wishes to join the European Union.

General data of Austria

Official Name: Republic of Austria
Type of government: Parliamentary
Head of state: Heinz FISCHER (since 2004, reelected in 2010) – upcoming elections April 24, 2016)
Chancellor (head of government): Werner FAYMANN (since 2008)

Geography

austria-mapArea: 83,859 km²
Capital: Vienna
Main cities: Graz (capital of Styria), Linz (capital of Upper Austria), Salzburg (capital of the state of Salzburg), Innsbruck (capital of Tyrol)
Official language: German
Currency: Euro
National Day: October 26

Demography

Population: 8,507,000 (January 2014)
Population growth: + 0.53% per year (2013)
Life expectancy: men 78.3 years, women 83.9 years
Literacy rate: 99%
Religions: Roman Catholic 73.6%, Muslim 5%, Protestant 4.7%, Orthodox 2.2%, Buddhist 0.1%, Jewish 0.1%, other 3% (official data)
Recognized minorities: Slovenes, Croats, Czechs, Hungarians, Slovaks, Roma
Human Development Index (2014): 0.881 (21st)

 

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Economic data of Austria

GDP (2014): € 329.6 billion
GDP per capita (2014): € 38,610
growth rate (2014): 0.4%
Unemployment rate (2014): 5.1%
Inflation rate (2014): 1.5%
Fiscal deficit (2014): -2.9% of GDP
Public debt (2014): 86.8% GDP
Main clients (2014): Germany, Italy, USA, Switzerland, France.
Major suppliers (2014): Germany, Italy, Switzerland, China, Czech Republic
Share of main sectors in GDP:

Agriculture: 1.4%
industry: 30.4%
services: 68.2%

Exports from France to Austria (2014): € 3.6 billion
French imports of Austria (2014): € 5,8Mds
Trade balance (positive for Austria): € 2.2 billion

For more information: www.tresor.economie.gouv.fr

Consulates: 6 honorary consulates in Bregenz, Graz, Innsbruck, Klagenfurt, Linz and Salzburg
French community in Austria: 8,668 people registered in the Register of French outside France to 31 December 2013. Approximately 2,500 unregistered
Austrian community in France about 20 000 people
Austria and the EU

Financial relations between the EU and Austria in 2014:
Total EU spending in Austria: € 1.86 billion
Total contribution by Austria to the EU budget: € 3.03 billion

Number of MEPs: 18/751
Number of votes in the EU Council (weighted Nice Treaty): 10/345 or 2.9%
Number of votes in the EU Council (demographic criterion, the Lisbon Treaty): 1.65%
Commissioner Johannes Hahn (PPE), in charge of enlargement and relations with neighbors of the European Union.
Council presidency: Austria assumed the rotating presidency of the EU Council twice, in 1998 and 2006. The next presidency will be held from January to June of 2019.

Source : www.diplomatie.gouv.fr

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