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Coordinates: 48°12′N 16°21′E 48.2, 16.35


Austria stria , is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It borders both Germany and the Czech Republic to the north, Slovakia and Hungary to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The capital is the city of Vienna on the Danube River.The origins of Austria date back to the ninth century, when the territory later known as Upper and Lower Austria became increasingly populated. The name "Ostarrichi" is first documented in an official document from 996 C.E. Since then, this word has developed into sterreich.Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy, comprising nine federal states, is one of six European countries that have declared permanent neutrality, and one of the few countries that includes the concept of everlasting neutrality in its constitution. Austria has been a member of the United Nations since 1955, joined the European Union in 1995, and is a founder of the OECD.[1]


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