Basics The country is located in Europe. Capital is Vienna. The population is 8,210,281. Ethnic Groups: Austrians, former Yugoslavs, Turks, Germans, others. Time ahead or behind the USA is 6 hours ahead of Washington D.C. during standard time. The official languages are German, Turkish, Serbian, Croatian, some other languages. The religions are Roman Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, other, unspecified, and atheists.
Flag description It has red on top and on bottom with white in the middle. During the battle in the 3rd crusade Leopold V’s white tunic was all bloody and when they removed the sash there was a white band.
Government The current leader is Heinz Fischer. They have a federal republic.
Military branches They have air and land forces.
About the people their life expectancy at birth is 79.5 years averaged among males and females. Male: 76.6 years Female: 82.56 years The fertility rate is 1.39 children born/woman. The total population that can read is 98% The internet users are 5.937 million in 2008.
Transnational issues They signed a petition in January 2008 and they demanded that Austria block the Czech Republics accession to EU unless Prague closed its nuclear power plant in Temelin, bordering Austria. There are a transshipment point for southwest Asian heroin, and south American cocaine coming for western Europe; it is increasing the European-produced synthetic drugs.