Population: 8.58 million
Size: 83,879 square kilometres
Language: German – Hallo! Servus!
National holiday: 26th October
The Central European transition climate prevails in Austria. This means that to a great extent “typical” temperatures are experienced during the four seasons. Since Austria stretches a long way from the West to the East, various climate zones can be found there, such as the alpine climate in the mountain regions (short summers, long winters, a lot of rainfall) or the continentally influenced climate in the east (hot summers, cold winters, little rainfall).
Although German is the official language in Austria, the written and spoken language is nevertheless referred to as Austrian German. That’s because it differs slightly from High German spoken in Germany. For instance, they sometimes use completely different words for certain things. Here are a few examples:
Tomatoes – Paradeiser (standard German: Tomaten)
Whipping cream – Schlagobers (standard German: Sahne)
Curd cheese – Topfen (standard German: Quark)
Freckles – Gugerschecken (standard German: Sommersprossen)
January – Jänner (standard German: Januar)