Austria or The Republic of Austria.
Austria is a federal republic and a landlocked country in the middle of
It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany in
the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to
the south, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.
Reason for naming the country
The name Austria derives from a German word Österreich, meaning "eastern realm" in Old High German.
The Austrian flag is considered to be one of the oldest flags.
It consists of three horizontal equal stripes, Red, White & Red.
According to the legend,
the flag was invented by Duke Leopold V of Austria as
a consequence of his fighting during the Siege of Acre.
After a fierce battle, his white surcoat was completely drenched
When he removed his belt, the cloth beneath remained unstained, revealing the combination of red-white-red.
So taken was he by this singular sight that he adopted the colors and scheme as his banner.
The incident was documented as early as 1260, though it is highly unlikely.
In the 13th century, the last Babenberg Duke adopted red and white as his colors in order to express admiration and respect to his valiant predecessor.
Austrian German is Austria's official language and is spoken by most of the population. It is almost identical to the German used in Germany but with some vocabulary, differences.
English is the second language in the education system and is widely used.
Other local languages include Hungarian, Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Turkish and Polish.
Austria is a home to many religions.
The Christian religion is the official religion of the Republic of Austria.
Most of the population were registered as Roman Catholic.
In addition, there is an Islamic community of about 5%.
There are also many other religions such as Judaism, Eastern Orthodox, 12% of the population declared that they have no religion.
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Federal parliamentary republic.
Austria has a remarkable climate, with four seasons clearly different. Temperatures during the summer season range between 15 degrees (night) and 27 degrees (day). The weather is relatively mild during the spring and autumn, and the winter is ideal. For skiing.
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