Useful Information on Styria
Facts and Figures
Surface area: 16,401 km2
Inhabitants: 1.210.614 (latest figures: 01.01.2011)
Proportion of forestland: 61,34 %
Wine-growing region: 3,876,26 hectares
Religion: 81.3 % Roman Catholic, 4.3 % Evangelist AB, HB; 1.6 % Muslim
Climate: Central European
Education system: 5 universities, 2 technical colleges
Motorway toll: Toll stickers are obligatory when using Austrian motorways and express roads. Stickers are valid for 10 days, 2 months or 1 year and are available from automobile clubs and petrol stations near the border areas.
Speed limits: Urban areas: 50km/h, main roads: 100 km/h, express roads (S) and motorways (A): 130 km/h.
Austria is a member of the EU, thus general conditions apply as per the Schengen Agreement. There are generally no controls at Austrian borders with Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary, since all states belong to the EU Schengen area. However, please ensure you have a valid travel document (passport, ID card) with you when entering a Schengen country. Schengen currently comprises the following countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
Electricity: 220 V alternating current, connector plugs and sockets are standard european style with two-pin plugs.
Public holidays in 2013 and 2014: (whole of Austria) 1 January (New Year’s Day), 6 January (Epiphany), 1 April (Easter Monday, 2014: 21 April), 1 May (Public Holiday), 9 May (Ascension Day, 2014: 29 May), 20 May (Whit Monday, 2014: 9 June), 30 May (Corpus Christi, 2014: 19 June), 15 August (Assumption of Mary), 26 October (Austrian National Day), 1 November (All Saints’ Day), 8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception), 25 December (Christmas Day), 26 December (Boxing Day).
Post offices: Mon-Fri 8 am -12 pm, 2 - 6 pm, some without break and Saturdays 9 am -12 pm. More detailed information is available at www.post.at.
Banks: Mon-Fri 8 am - 3 pm
Water: Tap water is of excellent quality throughout the country and can be used for drinking water.
Important Telephone Numbers
European emergency number: 112
Fire brigade: 122
Rescue services: 144
Emergency doctors: 141
Breakdown services: ARBÖ 123, ÖAMTC 120
Austria country code: 0043