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Western Europe
Capital: Vienna
Languages: German
Predominant Religion(s): Christianity

The following information is generalized and compiled from questions posed to the agents and interviewers in Austria. Although au pairs from this country may or may not have had these experiences/beliefs, Au Pair in America wishes to share this general information with our families.

Common Characteristics:

  • Austrians are open-minded, independent and polite.
  • They are motivated and hard-working.
  • Austrians are cheerful.

Fun Facts:

  • "The Sound of Music" is a lot more popular around the world than in Austria!
  • Austria only has about 8 million inhabitants – that's roughly the same population as Virginia!
  • German is the official language in Austria but there are a lot of different dialects in Austria's different regions.

Useful Phrases:

  • How are you?      Wie geht es dir?
  • Fine, thanks.       Gut, danke.
  • My name is…       Mein Name ist…
  • Nice to meet you.     Freut mich dich kennenzulernen.
  • Thank you.           Danke.

“Just do it! It will be the best time of your life!”   – Gundula, au pair from Austria
“Go for it! It's a great way to learn about a new culture, meet new people from all around the world, travel and improve your English skills. Participating in this program definitely influenced my life, my personality and my interests fundamentally.”   – Stefanie, au pair from Austria
“Do it, do it, do it! It was the best decision in my life and it shaped the person I am today. The memories I gained and the people I met, no one will ever be able to take that from me. It adds so much experience to your life, it's incredible!”   – Donatella, au pair from Austria

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