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  • Through Sports, Austria Tries to Give Migrants Traction
    With 85,000 people expected to claim asylum in Austria this year, the government has declared integration a key issue.  The number of German classes, vocational training and work subsidies is being increased, but it does not end there. ...
    Voice of America.  Mon, 12 Oct 2015 12:12:03 -0400.
  • Social Democrats win Vienna election
    Austria's Social Democrats hold onto power in the capital Vienna, fighting off a challenge by the far-right Freedom Party in municipal polls.
    BBC News.  Mon, 12 Oct 2015 01:12:09 GMT.
  • Far-Right Party Gains, but Falls Short in Vienna Election Seen as Refugee Test
    The Social Democrats viewed the result as a triumph for their policy of acceptance, though the Freedom Party garnered 31 percent of the vote.
    Alison Smale.  International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 11 Oct 2015 23:30:22 GMT.
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  • Letters: Britain’s Tough Gun Laws
    Readers respond to articles about gun laws, Arctic drilling and Austrian immigration.
    International Herald Tribune.  Sun, 11 Oct 2015 17:35:46 GMT.
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  • Konta back to winning ways in Linz
    British number one Johanna Konta beats Anna Tatishvili of the USA in the first round of qualifying in Linz, Austria.
    BBC News.  Sat, 10 Oct 2015 13:09:46 GMT.
  • European Court: Data Protection Treaty Not Strong Enough
    The highest court in Europe has ruled in favor of an Austrian student who complained that a trans-Atlantic data protection agreement does not do enough to shield the privacy of users of the U.S.-based social media network Facebook. ...
    Voice of America.  Tue, 06 Oct 2015 05:30:58 -0400.
  • Train-Accident Plaintiff Crashes In First Supreme Court Argument Of Fall Term
    The Supreme Court's most liberal justices join in the attack on a lawsuit over an Austrian train injury the plaintiff wants to keep in the U.S.
    By Daniel Fisher.  Forbes.  Mon, 5 Oct 2015 20:53:00 GMT.
  • Switzerland hits VW cars with registration ban, France opens probe
    The Swiss Federal Roads Office on Oct. 2 issued a preliminary ban on registering new Volkswagen diesel vehicles that may be outfitted with software designed to cheat emissions tests, it said in a statement
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:55:00 +0200.
  • 'We Are Stubborn': Refugees Still Set on Germany Despite Border Controls
    Germany introduced controls on its border with Austria on Sunday to slow down the influx of refugees coming into the country. The hope is for an EU-wide quota deal to share the burden. ...
    Spiegel Online.  Mon, 14 Sep 2015 16:00:00 +0200.
Switzerland map, showing Berne, the capital city, and other major Swiss cities
Austria map, showing Vienna, the capital city of Austria, and other major Austrian cities
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Facts About the Alpine States

The Alpine States consist of Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, and Liechtenstein.  These nations are located in the Alpine region of south central Europe, and you find more news and information about them by visiting the official government websites listed below.

The Swiss Confederation's capital city is Berne, and its national currency is the Swiss Franc.  The primary languages used in Switzerland are German, French, and Italian; in 2007, the estimated population of Switzerland was 7,555,000.

The Republic of Austria's capital city is Vienna, and its currency is the Euro.  The primary language used in Austria is German, and in 2007, the estimated population of Austria was 8,200,000.

The Republic of Slovenia's capital city is Ljubljana, and its currency is the Tolar.  The country's national language is Slovene, and its estimated population in 2007 was 2,009,000.

The Principality of Liechtenstein's capital city is Vaduz, and its currency is the Swiss Franc.  The Alemannic German dialect is spoken in Liechtenstein, and in 2007, the nation's estimated population was 34,000.

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