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Transcript of Austira
After 1945, Austria was divided into four zones, each governed by one of the four Allied powers. (Great Brittan, France, the United States, and the Soviet Union.
1955 Austria a reborn into an independent and permanently neutral democratic republic.
RELIGION 85% of Austrians are Roman Catholic 6% are Protestant
9% are Christian/ other LANGUAGE The official language is High German, but each area has its own dialect. Dalects are more pronounced in rural areas. A minority in southern Austria speaks Croatian. English is a required language in high schools and is spoken by many people. POPULATION Austria's population is 7.95 million.
The growing percentage is 0.5. There are 200,000 foreign workers. Most of the workers are from Turkey and the former Yogoslaviea; live and work in Ausria, but are not counted as part fo the population. 58% fo the people live in urban areas. PERSONAL APPEARENCE Austrians take pride in dressing well, even if they are only going grocery shopping. Older people might mix traditional Austrian clothing with concervative European fashions, young people perfer modern European attire. GREETINGS Austrians shake hands when greeting and parting. Even Chrildren shake hands with adults when greeting, as this is an important social courtesty. In Vienna, a man many still kiss the hand of a woman when introduced to her. VISITING Austrians enjoy enterataining in their home and having guests. It is impolite to drop by unannounced. It is better to make arrangments in advance or telephone ahead of an impromptu visit. Customarily, guests remove their shoes when entering a home. It is concidered polite when guest remain standing until invited to sit down; they often remain standing until told just where to sit. Men stand when a woman enters the room or when talking to a woman who is standing. Invited guest bring flowers, candy, or a small gift (such as a handcrafted item or something appropriate for the occation) Gifts are given to the wife, or perhaps the children, but not the husband (even if the girft is for the family) -Flowers are given only in odd numbers because if not they think it will bring bad luck- EATING
Certain Austrian tradtion remain strong, such as keeping hands
above the table during the meal, not gesturing with utensils, and not placing elbows on the table while eating. Austrians eat in the contental style, with the fork in the left hand and the knife remaining in the right. When guests are prestent, the hostess will nearly always offer second helpings, but a polite Danke, nein is gracefully accepted. I resturants, tap water is not served but mineral water is available. (Tap water is genrally only drunk in the home) The bill is paid at the table to the server, and a service charge is usually included. Most people round the bill up to the nearest Schilling as a tip. FAMILY Austrian families are usually amall, haveing one or two children. However, rural families are often a bit larger. The government gives families financial allowances for each child. Most urban Austrians live in apartments; sometimes extended families will share one larger house that contains several apartments.