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General overview

  • Area : 83 858,3 km²
  • Population: 8 401 940 inhabitants
  • Capital: Vienne (1 714 227 inhabitants)
  • Largest cities and number of inhabitants: Graz (261 726), Linz (189 889), Salzburg (145 270), Innsbruck (119 617), Klagenfurt (94 483).
  • Official language and other recognised languages: German ; sign language ; Croatian, Hungarian (Burgenland), Slovene (Carinthia).
  • Regions: nine federated states: Lower Austria, Burgenland, Carinthia, Upper Austria, Salzburg, Styria, Tyrol, Vienna, Vorarlberg.

The Federal Statistical Office conducts a census every ten years. Since 2011, this census has been compiled from registers of births, marriages and deaths, which do not contain data on the religious affiliation. Hence, the latter has not been registered since the 2001 census. The competent minister can request a non-nominative survey on religious affiliation, if this seems necessary from a federal perspective. To date, this has, however, never been done.

See the Federal Law on counting registers (Registerzählungsgesetz), BGBI. I No. 33/2006, subsequently amended by BGBI. I No. 125/2009.

A survey published by Medien-Servicestelle Neue ÖsterreicherInnen in 2013 provides recent statistics on religious groups: there are some 63 % of Catholics, 6–7 % of Muslims, 6 % of Orthodox and Eastern Christians, 3,8 % of Protestants, 0,7 % of Alevis, 0,25 % of Buddhists, 0,25 % of Jehova’s witnesses, and 0,15 % of Jews.

4 October 2016