Austria

Fast Facts

Head of State: President Heinz FISCHER (since 8 July 2004)
Head of Government: Chancellor Werner FAYMANN (SPOe) (since 2 December 2008)
Population: 8,217,280 (July 2011 est.)
National Holiday: National Day, 26 October (1955)
Capital: Vienna
Area: 83,858 sq km (B.C.= 947,800 sq km)
Nova Scotia/Austria Relations:

According to the 2011 Census, 1,835 Nova Scotians identified themselves as being of Austrian origin.  (Source - Statistics Canada)

In 2012, Nova Scotia and Austria signed a reciprocity agreement on driver's licenses for passenger vehicles.

Establishment of Austria-Canada diplomatic relations began in Halifax with the appointment of William Cunard, son of Sir Samuel Cunard, founder of the world renowned Cunard Lines, who was appointed Imperial Austrian Honorary Consul in Halifax in 1855.

Did you know?

Vienna International Centre is one of the four UN headquarters. UN organizations headquartered there include the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Office for Outer Space Affaires (UN-OOSA)

Vienna has the world's oldest zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn, founded in 1752.

Although it is a landlocked country, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports are extremely popular in Austria with its approximately 300 lakes and numerous rivers. It also boasts several internationally known boutique yacht builders.