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  • Global Monetary Watch, True "Austrian" Money Supply
    We are back with an update to our True “Austrian” Money Supply (TMS) ...
    By Michael Pollaro.  Forbes.  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:26:00 GMT.
  • Sports Briefing | Cycling: Rider Sets Record in Finale
    Voigt set a new mark in cycling’s historic Hour Record, racing 31.7 miles around a velodrome in Grenchen, Switzerland.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 03:48:37 GMT.
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  • Whaling Summit Votes To Uphold Ban on Japan Whale Hunt
    The International Whaling Commission, meeting in Slovenia, has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean. ...
    Voice of America.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:14:00 -0400.
  • Red Bull Salzburg 2-2 Celtic
    Celtic are twice pegged back by Red Bull Salzburg in their Europa League Group D opener in Austria.
    BBC News.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:51:58 GMT.
  • World Briefing: Slovenia: Japan Seeks to Resume Whale Hunting
    Japan sought international backing on Wednesday for its plan to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic next year, despite a ruling against it by the top United Nations court.
    By The Associated Press.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:06:29 GMT.
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  • Austria’s Alps hit by climate change
    Austria, with its sensitive Alpine regions, has been particularly hard hit by climate change, a major survey says.
    BBC News.  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:46:05 GMT.
  • 2nd conductor resigns from Vienna State Opera
    The Vienna State Opera has lost its second star conductor in less than two weeks.
    Miami Herald.  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:45 EDT.
  • Dr. Jill Biden Arrives in Zurich, Switzerland
    Dr. Jill Biden has arrived in Zurich, Switzerland. During her two-day visit, Dr. ...
    The White House.  The White House.  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:30:00 +0000.
  • Swiss banks at crisis as secrecy goes up in smoke
    Switzerland’s rooted banks are facing challenges to reshape their business as they are forced to lift veil on their accounts, ending years-long lure of the country that turned into a tax haven
    Hurriyet.  Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:51:00 +0200.
  • Netflix Sets Sights On Europe
    Netflix, the U.S. video-streaming giant, is set to launch the second phase of its European expansion plan next week in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and France. ...
    Voice of America.  Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:30:51 -0400.
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
Slovenia map, showing Ljubljana, its capital city, and parts of adjacent countries

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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