Austria is a mountainous landlocked country located in south-central Europe. The capital is Vienna. Austria is roughly the size of Maine and has a population of roughly 7 and a half million. Austria is a German speaking country. 85% of its population is Roman Catholic. The Austrian people have many traditions and festivals. Although it takes most of its culture from bordering Germany, it is still diverse in its traditions. They have a festival for almost every harvest and many for every season. Perhaps the best known by Americans is that of the Christmas tree.
Austria has contributed a few immense findings and inventions in the world of medicine. Karl Landstiener is the man responsible for discovering blood types. The study of Psychoanalysis has also come from Austria. Austria’s EMT services are very similar to that of the U.S.’s. Their call number is 144. Their ambulances are highly equipped with advanced life support equipment and compared to other European countries Austria has the highest number of Aeromedical Helicopters. Generally spoken, Austrian EMS is on a high level of medical care. People from abroad can go there without having to be generally afraid of bad or low-level medical treatment in case of illness or accident.
Along with some advances in medicine Austria has also given us some fabulous food such as the hotdog and sausage, sauerkraut, strudel and beers such as light lagers and a heavier variety called Bock, which is brewed for the Christmas season.
Austria has many famous people, but quite possible none more famous than Arnold Schwarzenegger who has stared in many movies such as Predator, Commando, and The Terminator.