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Austria

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Population:

8,205,533 (2008)

Land area:

82,444 sq. km.

Capital:

Vienna (pop. 1,600,000; 2005)

Economy:

In 2006, Austria ranked 17th in the UNDP Human Development Index and 23rd in total GDP, with a per capita GDP of $39,131.37. Public debt accounts for 59.1 percent of total GDP, while 5.9 percent of Austrians are beneath the poverty line.

Main language(s):

German

Monkey's name:

Der Affe (dare off-uh), Das Kleine Äffchen (dahs kline-uh eff-i-en)

Fun fact:

When would-be Kaiser of the Austro-Hungarian empire Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot in the streets of Sarajevo (the main city of Austro-Hungary-annexed Bosnia) on June 28 1914, he shrugged off his wounds, saying “Es ist nichts!” (“This is nothing!”). He couldn’t have been more wrong: not only would he and his wife be dead shortly thereafter, but only a month later Austria-Hungary would enter the Great War that would see the empire’s final undoing.

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