Austria is slightly smaller than Maine if you compare it to an America state.
There are 9 provinces of Austria, and they work like miniature states with different regional values and ideas.
Burgenland, St. Polen, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Tyrol, Salzburg, Carinthia, Styria, Vorarlberg, Vienna
The Austro-Hungarian Empire was based out of Austria. Austria was a part of Nazi Germany at one time. Making jokes about Nazi's or Nazi Germany are completely inappropriate and if you draw a swastika you can go to jail.
Austria is a very strong Catholic country - yet Catholicism is seen in a different perspective. Most Austrians are Catholic but they do not have to per say go to church every Sunday to be considered practicing.
The word for Austria in German is Oesterreich.
The capital of Austria is Vienna (Wein).
You will find some people that completely reject the facts that the Holocaust existed, but most people are very aware about it.
Austrians LOVE the outdoors. No seriously the live to be outside. You will find grandpas and grandmas walking super fast past you and you will find 3 year olds skiing down the Alps! Be prepared to go outside!
Since they love the outdoors so much it is essential that you recycle things. They would never imagine it any other way!