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“Not to be confused with the kangaroo land down-under, there's nothing too bad about being called Austria. But some of the people naming the towns could have done a better job. The
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“Austria is another interesting source for WWII films. The Counterfeiters memorialized a special project undertaken by the Nazis to try and weaken Allied economies. The film won for
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“No snow on the ski-run. And I got yelled at for trying to pay my hotel bill. I'm told it's magical.”
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“I was totally impressed with Vienna on my first visit. It may be small but it was packed with what Switzerland lacked in history and culture, not to mention music! I'm a big fan of
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Austria en-us-Austria.ogg /ˈɔːstriə/ (help·info) (GermanAbout this sound Österreich (help·info)), officially the Republic of Austria (GermanAbout this sound Republik Österreich), is alandlocked country of roughly 8.3 million people[3] in Central Europe. It borders Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakiaand Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The territory of Austria covers 83,872 square kilometres (32,383 sq mi), and is influenced by a temperate and alpine climate. Austria's terrain is highly mountainous due to the presence of the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 metres (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,797 metres (12,457 ft).[6]The majority of the population speaks German,[7] which is also the country's official language.[1] Other local official languages areCroatianHungarian and Slovene.[6]

The origins of Austria date back to the time of the Roman Empire when a Celtic kingdom was conquered by the Romans in approximately 15 BC, and later became Noricum, a Roman province, in the mid 1st century AD[8]—an area which mostly encloses today's Austria. In 788 AD, the Frankish king Charlemagne conquered the area, and ...

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