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  • On Tennis: Davis Cup Champion Is Missing Its Stars
    The refusal of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka to defend Switzerland’s Davis Cup title is a reminder that the event needs overhauling.
    By Christopher Clarey.  International Herald Tribune.  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:56:14 GMT.
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  • Review: Vienna Philharmonic’s Familiar and Fierce Show of Brahms
    Under the direction of Daniele Gatti, the orchestra felt at home in the music but not without taking some risks.
    By James R. Oestreich.  International Herald Tribune.  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 22:30:42 GMT.
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  • VW Passat is European Car of the Year
    GENEVA, Switzerland - The Volkswagen Passat sedan won the 2015 European Car of the Year award, beating off the challenge of  seven other contenders, which included the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the Mercedes C class.
    By Neil Winton.  Forbes.  Mon, 2 Mar 2015 17:37:00 GMT.
  • Turkish President Erdo─čan slams Austria's controversial Islam law
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan strongly criticized Austria on Feb 28 for approving a controversial bill that revises the status of Muslims in the European country
    Hurriyet.  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:48:00 +0200.
  • Autopsy In Austria Finds Drugs In Rakhat Aliev's Body
    Austrian prosecutors say drugs have been found in the blood samples of Rakhat Aliev -- former son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev.
    Radio Liberty.  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:16:10 +0000.
  • Austria country profile
    Provides an overview of Austria, including key events and facts about this European country.
    BBC News.  Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:58:53 GMT.
  • VIDEO: Austria reforms 1912 Islam law
    The Austrian parliament has passed controversial reforms to the country's century-old law on Islam, including a ban on foreign funding.
    BBC News.  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 23:49:02 GMT.
  • A helping hand: 3 Austrian men 1st to get bionic reconstructions
    Three Austrians have replaced injured hands with bionic ones that they can control using nerves and muscles transplanted into their arms from their legs.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:09:50 EST.
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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