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  • Austria road works unearth mammoth discovery
    Ground beneath a new highway reveals tusks thought to be a million years old.
    BBC News.  Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:48:30 GMT.
  • Swiss Machine Ueli Steck On His 82-Peaks-in-62-Days Alps Climbing Marathon
    Ueli Steck is one of today’s most accomplished alpinists. ...
    By Jim Clash.  Forbes.  Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:39:00 GMT.
  • Africa: Oil Producers See Little Relief At U.S.$45
    [EA Business] Vienna -International crude oil prices hovered at $45 a barrel amid falling demand and an excess of supply according to the latest report by the International Energy Agency writes JOHN SAMBO.
    All Africa.  Mon, 29 Aug 2016 08:45:32 GMT.
  • The man who stood up to VW -- and won
    Nijaz Hastor began his career building Volkswagens in a factory in Slovenia. Last week, he brought Volkswagen to its knees when he refused to back down on a contract dispute between the automaker and his diverse parts company.
    AutoNews.com.  Sun, 28 Aug 2016 00:01:00 EST.  Subscription required.
  • New York Story: The Last, Sweet Days of the Irish Alps in Upstate New York
    A man and his family return to their old stamping ground, now past its heyday, and the memories of swimming and dancing and summer fun come rushing back.
    Michael Malone.  International Herald Tribune.  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:43:07 GMT.
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  • Mood changing a year after migrant disaster in Austria
    The mood in the European Union against migrants has changed one year on since 71 people were found dead in a truck in Austria, with razor-wire fences going up and borders being shut again
    Hurriyet.  Fri, 26 Aug 2016 17:34:00 +0200.
  • Austrian tragedy
    A year after 71 people suffocated in the back of an airless lorry on its way to Austria, Bethany Bell and Nick Thorpe retrace the journey and ask what went wrong.
    BBC News.  Wed, 24 Aug 2016 23:32:04 GMT.
  • Robert Seethaler Talks About His New Book, Writing and Acting
    The Austrian-born Berliner moonlights as a European character actor, but he spends most of his time writing.
    Stephen Heyman.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 24 Aug 2016 15:52:13 GMT.
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  • Italian City on Swiss Border to Set Up Camp for Blocked Migrants
    Italy will set up a shelter to host as many as 300 migrants stranded near the Swiss border, after Switzerland cracked down on crossings, forcing hundreds to sleep on the ground in a city park, officials said Wednesday. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 17 Aug 2016 19:15:02 -0400.
  • Osmotic Power Using Salt Water Is Newest Form of Alternative Energy
    Researchers in Switzerland have devised an osmotic power-generation system using two types of water and a nano-scale membrane.
    Elizabeth Montalbano.  Design News.  Wed, 03 Aug 2016 05:45:00 EDT.
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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