• The Country of Country of Alps, Vienesse cafes and Mozart

    AUSTRIA

    The Country of Country of Alps, Vienesse cafes and Mozart

AUSTRIA – FORMER LARGEST EMPIRE IN EUROPE

Like most European countries, Austria looks back on a very eventful history. The origins of modern-day Austria date back to the Habsburg dynasty when the vast majority of the country was a part of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. During the 17th and 18th centuries, Austria became one of the great powers of Europe. In comparison to other CE countries (instead of former West Germany), Austria was not affected negatively by a communist regime and Soviet influence that dominated in Eastern Europe for the whole second half of the 20th century. As a consequence, Austria is economically on a different level than the other countries of Central Europe which makes this region more interesting and diverse for international programs’ participants from the educational perspective.

VIENNA – SEAT OF MANY INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

The seat of the former Habsburg Empire and Austrian capital, Vienna, as a world centre of the arts, the site of many splendid palaces, and the headquarters for many international organizations (United Nations, OPEC, OECD, etc.).

Tourists can visit the houses of Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, or Johann Strauss. Apart from being regarded as the “City of Music”, Vienna is also said to be "City of Dreams", because it was home to the world's first psycho-analyst and interpreters of dreams, Sigmund Freud.

If you love fairy tales, the visit of Schönbrunn Palace will uncover the beautiful love story of the princess Sissi (Empress Elisabeth of Austria). Vienna’s Gothic masterpiece Stephansdom, or Steffl (Little Stephan) as it’s nicknamed, is Vienna's pride and joy.

Nothing symbolizes the culture and heritage of Austria more than its Hofburg, home base of the Habsburgs from 1273 to 1918. The colourful Hundertwasserhaus apartment building is a surprise and the main point of interest for many tourists every year.

DID YOU KNOW, THAT?

When the Turks fled the city of Vienna in 1683, they left behind a large quantity of coffee beans, thereby launching the great Viennese tradition of the Kaffeehaus.

GLOBAL BUSINESS IN AUSTRIA

Today, Austria is a parliamentary democracy and a member of many international organizations. Accepted in 1995 as a member of the European Union (EU), Austria has increased its competitiveness by privatizing industries and reducing subsidies. Manufacturing, powered by hydroelectricity, drives the nation's export trade; Austria also profits from iron ore, oil, and timber.

In 2002 the euro replaced the Austrian schilling; the EU common currency benefits trade and the Austrian economy. Austria is the only continental EU country that is not a member of NATO, however, participates in NATO peaceful missions.

Some industries are global competitors, such as several iron and steel works, chemical plants and oil corporations that are large industrial enterprises employing thousands of people. Voestalpine as an international steel base technology active in automotive and/or railway systems; its construction of a direct reduction plant in Texas, the US, was the largest foreign investment made by the Group or an Austrian company in the USA to date. According to Forbes, July 2016, Austria wants to attract startups with a $204 million program.

AUSTRIAN BRANDS

Mozartkugel is a fine brand of Austrian chocolates which originated in Salzburg, Mozart’s birthplace. In 1890, master confectioner Paul Furst made the first Mozart chocolates by forming small balls of marzipan which he coated in a praline cream and then dipped in warm chocolate.

Among the major Austrian companies are the Red Bull drinks label and Swarovski crystal that are well-known worldwide.

AUSTRIA – WORLD LEADER IN ORGANIC FARMING

AUSTRIA – WORLD LEADER IN ORGANIC FARMING

Austria is one of the most forested countries in Europe with almost half its territory covered in forest—and forested area is increasing steadily thanks to Austria's "green lung" projects. Natural grandeur lures visitors to Tirol and the Hohe Tauern National Park—the largest protected natural area in Central Europe.

With more than 20,000 organic farms, cultivating approximately 800,000 acres of land, Austria is the world leader in this fast-growing and future-oriented sector of agriculture. It has more organic farmers than the other 14 EU members put together. Organic farms now amount to 8 percent of all farms in Austria. Organically grown tomatoes, pesticide free lettuce, and meat from healthy animals - more and more Austrians seem to have a growing appetite for organic food. Austrian consumers not only buy organic food because they feel that it is better for their health, but they also appreciate its rich taste, as well as the environmental benefits of organic agriculture.

GET IN TOUCH WITH US FOR MORE DETAILS.

Send an Email. All fields with an * are required.

ABOUT US

We are a Prague-based international education organization.
We aim to create unique educational opportunities for international universities and corporate companies.

Office address: Bělásková 772, 149 00 Prague 4 – Šeberov, Czech Republic

+420 724 109 068

gioba@gioba.com

PROGRAM ZONE