Time in Austria (Europe)

What is the time in Austria (Europe)

The time in Austria is running live on the Analog Clock seen above. At this time Austria maintains UTC+1:00 hours CET or Central European Time which is also happens to be Austria's zone time. However, during the DST or Daylight Saving Time the clock is advanced by one hour to read UTC+2:00 hours CEST or Central European Summer Time. DST in Austria starts at 02:00 am on the last Sunday in March and ends at 03:00 am on the last Sunday of October every year as long as Daylight Saving Time is established in Austria by its government.

About Austria at this Time

Austria is a country in Central Europe which is completely land locked or in other words, Austria has no sea shores. At this time Austria's capital is Vienna located in coordinates 48o 12' N and 16o 21' E. Vienna is also the largest city in Austria. In 1918, the First Republic was formed and Second Republic was formed in 1945 with State Treaty coming into effect on 27 July 1955. Austria joined the European Union on 01 January 1995.

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Austria is United Nations Member

Austria is a member of United Nations since 1955, joined the European Union also in 1955 and is the founder of the OECD. Austria also had signed the Schengen Agreement in 1995. In the year 1999 Austria adopted Euro as its currency.

Austria is Land Locked

Austria is land locked with Hungary and Slovakia to its east, Slovenia and Italy to the South, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. Czech Republic and Germany are to the north of Austria. Amazingly only 30% of Austria is below 500 meters or 1640 feet elevation and the highest point in Austria is 3,800 meters or 12,460 feet

Area and Population At this Time in Austria (Europe)

At this time Austria covers a total area of 83,880 square kilometers which is 115th place in the world in area. Water covers about 1.7% of this total area of Austria. The total population at this time in Austria is estimated in 2016 is 8.73 million which is 94th in the world. The population density is 101 people per square kilometer. At this time in Austria, 81% people are Austrians, 2.7% is Germans, Serbs form 2.2%, 2.2% are Turks and the rest 11.5% form other ethnic groups.

GDP  & Currency at this Time in Austria

At this time Austria is one of the richest countries in the world with high standards of living ranked at 21st in the world for its Human Development Index. At this time Austria has a GDP(PPP) is estimated in 2016 at US Dollar 413.3 billion and per capita is US Dollar 48,100. The GDP(nominal) of Austria is estimated in 2016 at US Dollar 384.8 billion with a per capita of US Dollar 44,777. At this time in Austria the currency in use is Euro.

Languages at this Time in Austria (Europe)

The Official Language of Austria at this time is German. However the majority of the population speak local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language. Austrian german in its standard form is accepted as the official language of Austria. Other languages officially recognised are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian and Slovene.

Climate at this Time in Austria (Europe)

At this time Austria is a very cool temperate climate zone thanks to its high altitude and the highly humid westerly winds that predominates Austria. About 75% of the country of Austria is the Alps and the alpine climate prevails. The eastern side of Austria has continental climate with less rain compared to the alpine climate. At this time in Austria, winters are real cold with temperature below freezing dipping up to -10 deg C and summer temperatures are really hot being above 20 deg C and reaches its highest upto 40.5 deg C or 105 deg F as recorded in 2013.

Tourism at this Time in Austria

At this time in Austria the second most developed industry is international tourism which also happens to be the most important activity of the national economy. Tourism at this time in Austria accounts for about 10% of the Austria's gross domestic product. In the year 2007 Austria was ranked as the nineth world wide in international tourism receipts with US Dollar 18.9 billion. Over 21 million tourists visit Austria every year which stands at 12th position in the world.

Government at this Time in Austria (Europe)

At this time in Austria, the government is federal Parliamentary Republic with a President and a Chancellor. The Legislature is Parliament with an Upper house called Federal Council and Lower House called the National Council. The parliament of Austria is located in its capital city called Vienna. It is in 1920 when Austria became a Federal Representative Democratic Republic through a Federal Constitution. The Second Republic is a political system based on its nine states on the 1920 constitution ammended nine years later and re enacted in 1945.

Austria Parliament at this Time

The Federal President is the head of the State who is elected by popular vote. The Federal Chancellor is the Chairman of the Federal Government who is appointed by the President. The Austrian government can be removed from office by either a presidental decree or by the Vote of No Confidence in the lower chamber of parliament, the Nationalrat.

Powers of Government of Austria

The parliament consists of two chambers. The lower house Nationalrat consisting of 183 seats who are elected for a five year term is more powerful. The upper house Bundesrat has a limited right of Veto. Ultimately it is the Nationalrat that passes the respective bill by voting a second time called the vote of persistence or Beharrungsbeschluss. Starting from 1995 the European Court of Justice can over rule Austrian decisions in all matters defined n the laws of European Union.  The European Convention on Human Rights is also at this time a part of Austrian Constitution.

Why the Name Austria?

The word Austria comes from the Medieval Latin (Marchia) in which Austriaca means eastern borderland. Some say that Austriaca is the Latinised form of the Old High German name for the country. It is also said that Ostarreich means eastern kingdom, another word Ostar has a meaning eastern and reich which means Kingdom in old German. Some even say that the name Austria came from Ostrogoths who had a kingdom where Austria and northern Italy are now located.