Amazing Facts about Austria

  • Austria is the only European Union nation that is not a member of NATO(North Atlantic Treaty Organization).

  • Over 60% of Austrian adults are either overweight or obese; this is the highest rate in the European Union.

  • The Eisriesenwelt, located in Werfen, Austria, is the largest accessible ice cave system in the world.

  • The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national flag in the world. It dates from 1191, when Duke Leopold V fought in the Battle of Acre during the Third Crusade.

  • The world's largest emerald (2860 carat) is displayed in the Imperial Treasury of the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) in Vienna.

  • Founded in 803 AD, as Stiftskeller St. Peter is one of the oldest restaurants in the world still in operation, and the oldest in Europe.

  • About one fourth of the population of Austria lives in the capital, Vienna.

  • Austria's average unemployment rate from 1960 to 2013 is 4.59%, the second lowest in the European Union after Luxembourg.

  • Among Europeans, Austrian people work the longest, with an average of 45 hours per week.

  • The oldest zoological garden in the world is the Tiergarten Schönbrunn in Vienna, founded in 1752.

  • Austria is one of the most forested countries in Europe with almost half its territory covered in forest

  • The Danube river runs through 4 capital cities (Vienna, Austria; Bratislava, Slovakia; Budapest, Hungary; and Belgrade, Serbia), the most in the world.   

  • Vienna's Central Cemetery(Zentralfriedhof) has over 2.5 million tombs which is more than the city's live population.

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