(WIPO code: AT) (last revised November 2022)

by REDL Life Science Patent Attorneys, Vienna

General Information


83,850 sq. km, of which 2/3 is mountainous.


8,978,929 (January 2022).


Vienna with 1.960 million inhabitants (2022).




Euro (EUR).

Most important agricultural and industrial products

Wheat, rye, oats, maize, potatoes, sugar-beet, wine; cattle, cattle products; wood and wood products; brown coal, iron, petroleum, magnesite, tungsten, salt; electric energy; machines, textiles, chemical products, steel, steel and metal products.

General Remarks

Austria lies in the middle of Europe and is surrounded by the following countries: Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic.

Austria is a democratic republic and since 1955 has been a neutral country as are Switzerland and Sweden. It is a federal republic consisting of nine federal provinces. Apart from industry and agriculture, tourism plays an essential part in its economy.

Austria is a member of the European Union. Although Austria is a small country, it plays an important role as a bridge between western and eastern Europe.