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BITS OF CULTURE - Austria
 
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Cultural Values
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Health Care Values
Diet
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German

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Cultural Values
  • They do not use first names when being introduced, but after the initial meeting first names are often used. Handshaking is normal when saying hello and good-bye.
  • It is considered impolite to enter a restaurant or shop without saying Guten Tag or, more usually, Grüss Gott; similarly, to leave without saying Auf Wiedersehen can cause offense.
    If invited out to dinner, flowers should be brought for the hoste
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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • A typical Austrian meal includes usually from 2 to 7 courses according to the importance of the meal's guest or occasion. It is usually made up of an appetizer (Vorspeise), a soup (Suppe), and a main course (Hauptspeise) with one or two either raw or cooked side dishes (Beilagen). It may also include a dessert, which can be a cake ("Kuchen" or "Torte"), any baked specialty made with flour ("Mehlspeise"), or a warm or cold after-meal sweet treat ("Nachspeise").
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Interesting Facts
  • The most famous Austrian dessert is the strudel, a baked dough filled with a variety of fruits and a sprinkling of raisins and cinnamon.
    One famous composer from Austria is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart who composed many famous operas and concertos.
  • It is illegal for pregnant women to work eight weeks before their due date and eight weeks after their delivery, and they receive their full net pay during this period.
  • The Austrian flag is one of the oldest in the world. It dates from 1191, when Duke Leopold V fought in the Battle of Acre during the Third Crusade.
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