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Austria. The country and its people. Key facts Topography & Economics Education & Politics Historical Information. Characteristics and Values Behaviour Doing Business Eating & Drinking. Key Facts. Capital : Vienna approx. 8.5 Mio . people – 84.000 km²

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The country and its people
The country and its people

  • Key facts

  • Topography & Economics

  • Education & Politics

  • Historical Information

  • Characteristics and Values

  • Behaviour

  • Doing Business

  • Eating & Drinking


Key facts
Key Facts

  • Capital: Vienna

  • approx. 8.5 Mio. people – 84.000 km²

  • Name originates from Germanic and Celtic languages

  • Ethnic groups: German, indigenous minorities and immigrant groups

  • Religion: Roman Catholic 74%, Protestant,…

  • Country divided into states, districts and municipalities



Topography and economics
Topography and Economics

  • Mountainous country (32% below 500 m)

  • Divided into 5 areas (Austrian Alps, …)

  • One of the 10 richtest countires in the world

  • High living standard

  • Since 1995 EU member – main trading partner


Education and politics
Education and Politics

  • School attendance compulsory for 9 yrs

  • Primary education (4yrs) – 2 school types – schools for further education – university

  • Federal, parliamentarian, democratic republic (1920/1945)

  • 2 chambers in Parliament: Nationalrat (elected every 5 yrs) and Bundesrat


A brief history
A brief history

  • Celts are the first settlers

  • Austria is part of the Roman Empire

  • Charles the Great (late 8th cent) > colonization and christianization

  • House of Babenberg

  • House of Habsburg

  • Dual monarchy Austria - Hungary



Characteristics and values
Characteristics and Values

Austrians are conservative

Relaxed and happy approach to life = Gemütlichkeit

Friendly and hospitable to foreigners

Austrians have a closely knit circle of friends and a wide network of acquaintances


Behavior
Behavior

Good manners and polite behavior are extremely important in Austria

Address Austrians by their appropriate titles and surnames until you are invited to use their first names

Firm handshake on arrival and departure

Maintain eye contact during the greeting

Distinguish between ‘Du’ and ‘Sie’


Doing business
Doing Business

First impressions are important

Good preparation is necessary

Austrians negotiate in a linear, direct fashion

Who you know is important to business success in Austria

Do not discuss your private life at work or bring your work home


Eating and drinking
Eating and Drinking

  • Austrians love good food – gourmet tradition

  • Main meal at lunchtime (noon)

  • Great variety of desserts

  • Dark bread

  • Mineral water, Beer, Wine, Schnaps

  • Coffeehouse, Gasthaus, Gastgarten, Buschenschank/Heuriger


Thank you for your attention
Thank you for your attention!

Rauscher Nina, Bohatsch Linda, Leder Magdalena


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