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    Austria Geography - 1989

      Total area: 83,850 km2
      land area: 82,730 km2

      Comparative area: slightly smaller than Maine

      Land boundaries: 2,640 km total; Czechoslovakia 548 km, Hungary 366 km, Italy 430 km, Liechtenstein 37 km, Switzerland 164 km, FRG 784 km, Yugoslavia 311 km

      Coastline: none--landlocked

      Maritime claims: none--landlocked

      Disputes: South Tyrol question with Italy

      Climate: temperate; continental, cloudy; cold winters with frequent rain in lowlands and snow in mountains; cool summers with occasional showers

      Terrain: mostly mountains with Alps in west and south; mostly flat, with gentle slopes along eastern and northern margins

      Natural resources: iron ore, crude oil, timber, magnesite, aluminum, lead, coal, lignite, copper, hydropower

      Land use: 17% arable land; 1% permanent crops; 24% meadows and pastures; 39% forest and woodland; 19% other; includes NEGL% irrigated

      Environment: because of steep slopes, poor soils, and cold temperatures, population is concentrated on eastern lowlands

      Note: landlocked; strategic location at the crossroads of central Europe with many easily traversable Alpine passes and valleys; major river is the Danube

      NOTE: The information regarding Austria on this page is re-published from the 1989 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Austria Geography 1989 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Austria Geography 1989 should be addressed to the CIA.

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