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Austria: Country in Central Europe
Austria, officially the Republic of Austria, is a landlocked East Alpine country in the southern part of Central Europe. It is composed of nine federated states (Bundesländer), one of which is Vienna, Austria's capital and its largest city. It is bordered by Germany to the northwest; the Czech Republic to the north; Slovakia to the northeast; Hungary to the east; Slovenia and Italy to the south; and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. Austria occupies an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi) and has a population of nearly 9 million people. While German is the country's official language, many Austrians communicate informally in a variety of Bavarian dialects.


Alpine World Cup season begins with giant slalom events in Austria [Video]

Alpine World Cup season begins with giant slalom events in Austria


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COVID-19 test that gives a result in 10 minutes trialled in Austria [Video]

COVID-19 test that gives a result in 10 minutes trialled in Austria

More than 3,000 students from Vienna University took part in the trial. View on euronews

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Thiem stages stunning comeback to win U.S. Open [Video]

Thiem stages stunning comeback to win U.S. Open

Dominic Thiem produced a remarkable fightback to beat German fifth seed Alexander Zverev 2-6 4-6 6-4 6-3 7-6(6) to win the U.S. Open for the first time on Sunday. Gavino Garay reports.

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Austrian Man Breaks World Record for Standing in Box of Ice [Video]

Austrian Man Breaks World Record for Standing in Box of Ice

An Austrian extreme athlete broke his own world record by spending over two and a half hours completely submerged in ice. Josef Koeberl managed to stay two hours, 30 minutes and 57 seconds inside a..

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