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Austria

Bilateral relationship

New Zealand maintains warm and friendly relations with Austria. New Zealand opened a full Embassy in Vienna in January 2011. The Embassy is co-located within New Zealand's existing Permanent Mission to the UN in Vienna. New Zealand and Austria opened a Working Holiday Scheme in 2012.

Although the Austrian community in New Zealand has been small, it has left its mark in exploration (through place names given in the last century, eg Franz Josef Glacier) and in the early development of skiing.

New Zealand's trade with Austria is small, and heavily in Austria's favour. New Zealand is seen as a favourable market in Austria, and Austrian exporters have shown an increasing degree of interest in the New Zealand market as they attempt to diversify globally.

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Key facts

Geography/Demographics

Land Area - 83,859 sq km
Population - 8.2 million
Capital City  - Vienna
Language  - German

Political

Political system - Federal republic of nine independent states
National government - Grand Coalition of the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ - senior partner) and the Austrian Peoples' Party (ÖVP - junior partner)
National legislature - National Assembly (bicameral)
Last election - September 2008
Next election due - Federal: September 2013 Presidential: April 2010
Head of State - President Dr Heinz Fischer (since 8 July 2004)
Head of Government - Chancellor Werner Faymann (SPÖ) (since 2 December 2008)

Economic (2011)

GDP US$418.3 billion
Real GDP growth - 3.0%
Exports US$173.6 billion
Imports US$183.3 billion
Main exports Machinery, motor vehicles, chemicals, metal goods, oil and oil products, foodstuffs
Current account balance US$8 billion
Inflation 3.5%
Unemployment
4.2%

New Zealand Trade (2011)

NZ Exports (FOB) NZ$17 million
Main Exports
Exports Meat, semi-conductors, electrical machinery, pharmaceuticals
NZ Imports (CIF)
NZ$161 million
Main Imports
Pharmaceuticals, machinery, tractors/vehicles, beverages, cranes

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Visits

New Zealand Ministerial Visits to Austria

Austrian Ministerial Visits to New Zealand

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Representation

Travel advice

The Safetravel website provides a travel advisory for travellers to Austria [external link].

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Page last updated: Monday, 09 December 2013 13:00 NZDT