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Austria: Unusually High Amount of Snow Isolates Parts of Country

Date: January 11th, 2012 | No Comments

High winds and heavy snowfall left many parts of the country isolated Jan. 7. The unusual amount of snow closed a major railway route in the western part of the country near Innsbruck, cutting off some villages and major tourist resorts. In some areas, more than four feet of snow fell Jan. 5-7, leaving the [read more]

Switzerland and Austria: Euro 2008 Soccer Tournament June 7-29

Date: May 21st, 2008 | No Comments

Switzerland and Austria will host the Euro 2008 soccer tournament June 7-29, and because it is a major sporting event that is expected to draw 5 million fans, concerns have surfaced about possible terrorist attacks. Posts have appeared on Islamist web sites calling for attacks on the tournament, but Swiss authorities have stated that they [read more]

Central Europe: Floods Threaten Many Countries

Date: April 4th, 2006 | No Comments

Flooding from melting snow and heavy rain threatened a repeat of the catastrophic floods of 2002. Floods forced evacuations in the Czech Republic, where a state of emergency was declared in seven of its 14 regions, in Hungary, Germany and Slovakia. Serbia and Romania were on high alert. Unlike the floods of 2002, the current [read more]


Date: September 28th, 2004 | No Comments

A recent series of gruesome murders in Vienna has Austrians on edge, and indeed crime increased in the city more than 20 percent between 2002 and 2003. But Vienna is still dramatically safer than many international cities. Austria’s murder rate is 1.17 per 100,000 people compared to 5.7 in the U.S. and 75.3 in South [read more]


Date: May 13th, 2002 | No Comments

Snowfall in the Alps has been especially heavy this year, creating fabulous skiing but also avalanche danger across a wide area. Some 20,000 skiers were snowed in February 22 in several resorts in western Austria, including Lech, Zuers and Galtuer. Snow was continuing to fall heavily and it was uncertain when roads would b [read more]

Austria and Switzerland: Passport Controls During Euro 2008, Vienna Airport Closed to Vehicles on Certain Dates

Date: June 11th, 2008 | No Comments

Passport controls are in effect in both countries through June 29 during the 2008 European Football Championship. All visitors must enter at official border crossings and must have a valid passport to be allowed entry. On certain days during the tournament Vienna’s Schwechat Airport will close access to all traffic except buses and vehicles with [read more]

Austria and Czech Republic: Border Crossing Blockades

Date: May 23rd, 2007 | No Comments

Austrian anti-nuclear protesters have repeatedly blocked border crossings with the Czech Republic over complaints that a nuclear power plant at Temelin, Czech Republic, is unsafe. Activists claim that the Czech government has not fulfilled conditions agreed to between the two countries in 2000 to allow the plant to go into operation, and have demanded that [read more]

Central Europe: Floods

Date: August 23rd, 2005 | No Comments

Three days of torrential rain caused extensive flooding in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria. In Switzerland, rail service through the Alps to Italy was shut down and many major roads were closed. Several villages, including the resort town of Grindelwald, were cut off and floods threatened parts of Interlaken and Bern, the [read more]


Date: August 26th, 2003 | No Comments

Austrian Airlines pilots have planned short strikes to disrupt scheduled flights on the carrier that offers the only daily nonstop flights to Vienna from New York and Washington. The first strike took place Aug. 14 and lasted two hours; on Aug. 21 the airline canceled its flight to New York because the pilot called in [read more]


Date: August 14th, 2001 | No Comments

Demonstrations occurred around the country February 5 to protest the swearing in of a coalition government that includes a party with Nazi sympathies. Protests are rare in Austria, but the country faces international sanctions and the mood may turn combative. Tensions could increase between those repelled by the new government and those who close ranks [read more]

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