We had our first family meeting about Poland the other day. We discussed quite a number of things, including places to visit, and UNESCO World Heritage places. I have decided that I shall choose at least five of the places we talked about, and write a little about them. The first place I have decided to write about is Austria.

Austria is in Central Europe and has about 8.47 million people living in it. Vienna, the capital of Austria, is where one fourth of the population lives. In 1999 the currency of Austria changed to Euro. It is part of the Schengen Agreement.

In Upper Austria, around the towns of Mauthausen and Gusen, there is a group of German Concentration Camps, which goes by the name of Mauthausen-Gusen Concentration Camp. In 1940 it had grown to be one of the largest Labour Camps in Germany ruled Europe.

Austria is a mainly mountainous place because of the Alps. The Central Eastern Alps, Northern Limestone Alps, and the Southern Limestone Alps are all partially in Austria.

The climate in Austria is mainly in a cool/temperate zone. The winters in Austria are cold, generally in the minuses, and the summers are warm, about in the mid twenties.

The flag of Austria is one of the oldest national flags in the world. More than half of the electricity in Austria is made by renewable resources.

It is one of Europe’s most heavily wooded countries, and it also contains a small bear population.

Why does Austria interest me? Because my dad wants the visit a little town of Kilb in Austria. He used to live there from about the age of seven for twelve months.

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