Studying in Austria
Austria is one of those countries that lie in the center of Europe. The total area of Austria is almost 84,000 km2 but 75% of the country’s territory is covered by mountains. The mountainous country of Austria does not border with the sea, but it shares borders with another eight countries, including Italy, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Slovakia, Hungary, as well as Germany and the Czech Republic. Currently, Austria’s population is exceeding eight million, with almost two million people living in the capital, Vienna, alone. All Austrian inhabitants can enjoy the green views and snow-capped mountains in the country, which happen to be a heaven for all skiers in the winter. Moreover, Austria has lots of natural and artificial lakes. The second largest river in Europe, the Danube River, crosses the country too. Austria is part of the European Union since 1995 and four years later the country accepts the Euro as its official currency. With a strong and stable economy, high standard of living and an unemployment rate under 5 %, Austria ranks among the top European country to live in. Being the birthplace of one of the most famous musicians, i.e. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austria is a country that offers a vibrant atmosphere and rich culture. Austria is a small country, but thanks to that people can travel all over the country without wasting too much time. At the same time, Austria has a wonderful public transport system that allows everyone to visit one of the eight neighbor countries within only a couple of hours by train. In Austria, people can enjoy all the beautiful cathedrals, museums and churches, as well as the overall amazing architecture across the country. There is no doubt that the opportunities are endless for every person, no matter the taste, to find something to love about the country of Austria.
Studying in Germany
Germany is the perfect destination country for exploring. With over 80 million people living, working and studying there, the Federal Republic of Germany has the second largest population among the EU countries. Nowadays, one tenth of the people in Germany are originally coming from another country and this is more than at any time before in the country’s history. Even in the capital, Berlin, the number of inhabitants currently is exceeding three million. The largest part of the foreigners, however, is Turkish who started to settle down in Germany in 1950 with the only idea to work there. The total area of Germany is 357 376 km2, with some of the major European rivers crossing over the country, including Danube, Rhine and Elbe. Due to its location in the center of Europe, Germany borders with nine other countries, and this is something other European countries cannot boast of. Germany really is a unique country. According to the World Report’s Best Countries ranking, Germany is the fourth world’s top country and that is partly because of its strong and stable economy and the high standard of living it offers. In fact, the German economy is the largest one in Europe and the third largest in the whole world. The country is a founding member of the EU and also is among the first countries that joined the Eurozone. Besides safety and a high living standard, Germany is also famous with its well-known classic musicians and composers, including Beethoven and Wagner. Moreover, spring in Germany is always associated with music festivals that can suit everyone’s taste of music.
Studying in Switzerland
Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is a tiny and mountainous country which total area is over 42.000 km2. Although Switzerland is located in the very center of Europe, it is not a member of the EU or EEA. Switzerland is located between France and Italy, but it is also bordered by Lichtenstein, Austria, and Germany. The population of Switzerland is a bit over eight million but at the same time, it is one of the most developed countries in the world with one of the highest standards of living. It is also the only European country with 4 official languages – German (Swiss German), French, Italian, and Romansch. An interesting fact is that the capital of Switzerland is Bern, but the biggest city in the country is actually Zurich, while Lausanne is the judicial center of the beautiful country. Switzerland might be located in the center of Europe, literally, but still has not joined the European Union. The official currency is The Swiss Franc (CHF) which also has a reputation for being a hard currency, often purchased during some financial uncertainty, because it is considered a really stable and reliable. Switzerland is a magical country. Around 60% of the country is taken by the Swiss Alps, which makes the country both a great summer hiking and world-class winter sports location. It is the ideal place for people all those people who enjoy the tourism and the beautiful nature as well as for those who will appreciate the delicious food that can be found there. It is not a surprise that Switzerland is considered the world’s happiest country, followed by Denmark and Norway.