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Religions and languages in Austria

Mayrhofen For a long time, Austria belonged to the Catholic states. The influence of Rome was very significant, therefore practically the whole population of the country was professing Christianity. With the arrival of Martin Luther, many people changed their views and the overwhelming majority of Austrian citizens became Protestants. Catholic superiority returned only after the end of World War II. To the date, the overwhelming majority of Catholics live in Austria. In spite of the fact that the church conducts quite active educational activity, religion in no way influences the state administration. Therefore, Austria is considered a secular state.
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Despite various religious tensions in the past, today, all confessions in Austria coexist peacefully and calmly. Representatives of various religions feel comfortable here. Freedom of religion is protected at the state and legislative level. Three quarters of the total population of the country are Catholics; the most of the rest are Protestants. There are small groups of Muslims and Orthodox. About 10% of residents consider themselves atheists. Religious minorities are represented by Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, and Sikhs. The largest number of evangelists in Austria live in Salzburg.
The official state language of the Austrian federation is German. Literary German is called Hochdeutsch. All educational institutions teach only in German, and all the legislative and official documents are signed and compiled on it. In everyday life, citizens speak modified Austrian, which is a kind of Austro-Bavarian dialect. In the provinces of Carinthia and Styria, the official language is Slovenian, and Burgenland speaks Hungarian and Croatian. It is worth noting that the original German dialect of the Austrian in many respects differs from that of the Germans, although there is no language barrier between the two states. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Harakiri Ski Slope

From the series “Top 13 Furious Ski Resorts and Pistes”
The name of 'Harakiri' ski slope, located on the territory of the Austrian health resort Mayrhoven, speaks for itself and completely reflects the level of its complexity. 'Harakiri' is considered to be the steepest ski slope in Austria. On some of their routes the inclination forms 78 degrees. Not even all professional athletes manage to overcome such a difficult run, not to mention self-assured amateur athletes.

Severe shocks, breaks and contortions - so only the most harmless consequences the inexperienced skiers can get after the impetuous and short descent. The world-famous sportsman Tobias Fankhauser was one of the first to take advantage of the 'black' course and to use it for regular training sessions. He held the successful descent to 'Harakiri' piste for the highest sports ... Read all
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Traditions in Austria cities

Vienna
The indifferent attitude of locals to coffee has also become a notable feature of Vienna. You will surely see numerous coffee shops during your walk on the streets of Vienna. They have long become the most favorite place of rest for the local people. On evenings and during the lunchtime the locals gather on terraces … Read more
Salzburg
St. Rupert's Fair is an interesting celebration. During the festival you can also see numerous local residents and tourists wearing beautiful old costumes. Each citizen in the city certainly has a special holiday outfit. Women here wear beautiful dresses and hats that were fashionable several centuries ago, and men … Read more
Innsbruck
Republic Day (or National Day) is the most favorite national holiday of local people. It is celebrated annually on October 26. The holiday is the time for numerous interesting events, concerts and performances. However, the majority of residents prefer to leave the city for the holiday, and relax on the countryside. … Read more
Kitzbuhel
A few days after the end of the festival haute cuisine another large-scale festival, which will be interesting to all jazz fans, starts. Usually Jazz Festival takes place in the last week of March; not less than twenty concerts are held within festival. Among the participants of the festival, there are young music … Read more
Graz
In order to thank the nature for rich harvest, it was decided to organize various colorful performances. These days this amazing medieval feast is celebrated in a larger scale. The main city park has become the main platform on which most of performances are held. The territory of the park becomes the location of … Read more
Linz
According to the tradition, acrobats, clowns and jugglers entertain visitors in the morning hours; exciting recreational activities for children, colorful fairs and cooking classes are held. After 2:00 pm theater and music shows begin. Colorful concerts and performances usually don’t end before midnight. During … Read more

Austria: traditions in the regions

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