|| Austria - overview:
Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I. Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal. Following the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 and Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995, some Austrian's have called into question this neutrality. A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the European Monetary Union in 1999.
Economy - overview:
Austria, with its well-developed market economy and high standard of living, is closely tied to other EU economies, especially Germany's. Membership in the EU has drawn an influx of foreign investors attracted by Austria's access to the single European market and proximity to EU aspirant economies. Slow growth in Germany and elsewhere in the world held the economy to 0.7% growth in 2001, 1.4% in 2002, and again less than 1% in 2003. However, recent data signal that the recovery has started. The government estimates economic growth in 2004 of 1.7-2.1% and of 2.5% in 2005. The government is planning a EURO 500 billion income tax cut in 2004, though some economists doubt it will have stimulative effects in 2004, because it will be offset by higher health insurance contributions and higher taxes on energy. For 2005, Austria plans a tax cut of EURO 2.5 billion and harmonization of the various pension schemes. To meet increased competition from both EU and Central European countries, particularly the new EU members, Austria will need to emphasize knowledge-based sectors of the economy, continue to deregulate the service sector, and lower its tax burden. A key issue is the encouragement of much greater participation in the labor market by its aging population.
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- Arts and Entertainment
|Sedcard.at - Provides online sedcards and booking information for models, photographers and agencies.
|Austrian Academic Portal - Catalog of Austrian universities, educational institutions, and research facilities.
||Austrian Exchange Service - Information, services, and various kinds of contact information for prospective incoming exchange students.
|Hoedlmayr Logistics - Car distribution and logistics company with bases in Schwertberg and Graz. Includes details of company services and history, maps and enquiry forms. (Partial navigation in Flash.)
|Baden near Vienna - The official site of the municipality. About the city and its thermal springs.
||Werners Country Club - This club is about the US country and western way of life. Includes music, dancing, history of the american west and local events.
|bird.at - Austrian bird photos, events, forum, and links.
- Buddhism Centers and Groups by Region
- Buddhism Lineages Centers
|Andreas Gesellmann - Personal information about an information technology student. With biography, gallery, diary and guestbook.
||Austrian Jewish Museum - Contains history and details relating to Jewish settlement in Burgenland and Eisenstadt, exhibitions, opening times and prices, and relevant publications.
- Business Accounting Accountants
|Jost Lehner - Chartered accountants, tax advisers, and management consultants.
- Business Construction and Maintenance Commercial
- Business Construction and Maintenance Multi-Discipline
- Business Financial Services Banks and Institutions
- Business Transportation and Logistics Charters
- Business and Economy
- Christianity Missions Country of Mission
- Computers Cybercafes
- Computers and Internet
- Construction and Maintenance Architects
- Cricket ICC Affiliate Members
- Dance Ballet Companies
- Dance Tango
- Event Planning
- Filzmoos Lodging
- Financial Services
- Flachau Lodging
- Food Drink Brewers
- Food Drink Guides and Directories
- Food Drink Wine
- Genealogy Services By Region
- Government Embassies and Consulates Abroad
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- Government International Organizations
- Graz Lodging
- Guides and Directories
- History By Time Period Austria-Hungary
- Hockey Field Hockey Clubs
- Hockey Ice Hockey IIHF
- Industries Manufacturing
- Innsbruck Camping and RVs
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