Austria is a German speaking country in Central Europe and includes much of the mountainous territory of the eastern Alps (about 75% of the area). The Danube is the principal river and forests and woodlands cover about 40% of the land.
Austria is the winter sports capital of Europe. But It is just as popular for summer tourists who visit its historic cities, villages, lakes and hike in the magnificent scenery of the Alps.
Austria is a federation with a population of 8.2 million in 2013. Each of its nine federal states has a unique and distinct culture.
One quarter of Austria's population lives in the capital city of Vienna on the Danube.
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