Austria is a federal republic country of over 8.1 million people in Central Europe. The capital and largest city,with a population exceeding 1.7 million, is Vienna. The majority of the population speaks in German. Austria has 22 public universities, 27 colleges,12 private universities and 21 applied sciences private universities.
Austria is the 12th richest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita and it has a well-developed social market economy and a high standard of living. Austria is a small country with an open economy located at the heart of Europe and the EU. Germany has historically been the main trading partner of Austria. Since Austria became a member state of the European Union, it has
gained closer ties to other EU economies.
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria's primary city and it is considered the main cultural, economic, and political center in Austria. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union.
Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. In 2001,the city center was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from being regarded as the City of Music, the historic center of Vienna is rich in architectural ensembles.
Besides, 6.2 million tourists visited Vienna in 2014 and it was designated the world's number one destination for international congresses and conventions. Major tourist attractions include the imperial palaces of the Hofburgand Schönbrunn (also home to the world's oldest zoo, Tiergarten Schönbrunn) and the Riesenrad in the Prater.