Is it the good or the bad old days? Statistics paint a bright picture of our present, yet the people have often rosier views of the past. This and much more we compiled in our statistics on the days of yore, plus a trip down our very personal pop-cultural memory lane.
How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of them.
Czechs (and Slovaks) have a particular name for Austria: Rakousko, derived from an obscure border castle. Similarly, the beginnings of their relationship lie foggy in the distance, further back than any two other neighbors in the region – even if Czechs and Austrians don’t realize it.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 and the EU accession of 10 Central and Eastern European states in 2004 (Romania and Bulgaria joined in 2007), Austria is once again becoming the fulcrum of trade, migration and cultural exchange in the region.
From jet setters to families, Carinthia’s Wörthersee is the waterfront escape Austrians keep coming back to. The Alps have no shortage of glitzy winter resorts, but when it comes to summer getaways none can top the Wörthersee for glamour: the largest of the 1,270 lakes dotting scenic Carinthia, it has long been synonymous with luxury and high society, making an indelible impression on Austria’s popular psyche.