Austria: General facts

Political system: federal parliamentary republicCapital: ViennaTotal area: 83,855 square kilometresPopulation: about 8.2 millionOfficial language: GermanCurrency: euro

Political system: federal parliamentary republic
Capital: Vienna
Total area: 83,855 square kilometres
Population: about 8.2 million
Official language: German
Currency: euro


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Leading from behind

There is nothing wrong with politicians knowing the minds of their countrymen – indeed, few know them better than Mr Fico. But constantly pandering to prejudice is not the mark of a leader.

Prime Minister and head of the Smer party Robert Fico

New anti-terrorism laws proposed

Government moves to amend more than 15 measures

5th Special Forces Regiment

We are heading to better energy interconnection

EC Vice President Šefčovič has worked hard and efficiently to get the support of the EU member states and bring the Energy Union project closer to reality.

EC Vice President Maroš Šefčovič

Household debt increases and spawns risks

THE VOLUME of loans provided to households grew by 13 percent on a year-on-year basis in the first three quarters of 2015.