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Austria


Austria Republik Österreich   Map    
Population :
(1995)
8.100.000 (density 95 ; surface 83.859 km2)
Capital : Wien (1.539.000)
Internet : AT domain
1.850..000 people on the Web (22,73%) (Mar-00) (AIM)
Referrer : 24. Aug 1995, <barryb@tuke.sk>


Currency : Austrian Shilling (ATS or ÖS) till 28/02/2002
1 Schilling = 100 Groschen
1 Euro = 13,7603 Schilling (fixed 31.12.1998)

FIXED VALUES AGAINST ATS
31.12.1998
100 ATS
reverse exchange
DEM
14.2136
703.552
100
FRF
47.6704
209.774
100
ITL
14071.5
7.10657
1000
ESP
1209.18
8.27006
100
NLG
16.0150
624.415
100
BEF/LUF
293.162
34.1108
100
FIM
43.2094
231.431
100
PTE
1456.97
6.86357
100
IEP
5.72347
17.4719
1
GRD
2476.32
4.03823
100


Number initial banknotes (mln) 1.500
Number initial coins (mln) 550
Serial letter N

Eurokit - number (mln) 5,5
Eurokit - value EUR 14,54
Eurokit - national value ATS 200

National money validity 28/02/2002
Change in banks single bank decision
Change coins in centr.bank no limits
Change banknotes in centr.bank no limits

500 EUR value ATS 6.880.15
Biggest banknote ATS 5.000
Biggest banknote value EUR 363,36

   
Coins : ÖS20 (uncommon), ÖS10, ÖS5, ÖS1, 50g, 10g in wide circulation.
Paper : ÖS5000, ÖS1000 , ÖS500, ÖS100 , ÖS50 , ÖS20 ,
Other historical banknotes
Authority :
Oesterreichische Nationalbank

Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance - Euro-initiative
Wien Stock Exchange
Banks : Informations from Portalino Fantalinks
Bank Austria
Creditanstalt
Die-erste
P.S.K. (Postbank - Austria)
Raiffeisenbanken Gruppe
Steiermärkische Bank und Sparkassen
Others : Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
TTE Tourismus Team Europe

GSM :
Operator System Start Subscribers
01/03/2000
% of growth
last year
Mobilkom Austria Gsm 12/93 2.098.697 56
Maxmobil Gsm 10/96 1.586.666 82
One Dcs-1800 10/98 570.000* 1400
*= estimate ; source= Mobile communications 4.255.363

UMTS :
Number of operators from 4 to 6
Process of allocation auction with initial prequalification
Pubblication of the assignment procedure 3. trim. 2000
Assignement of the licenses 1. trim. 2001
Service startup 1. trim. 2002
   

ATMs :
      Visa (ATM Locator) and MasterCard and Cirrus, and probably Plus, are equally useful, and any one can be relied on without inconvenience.
      The nationwide network of ATMs is identified with a green and blue `B'. Most or all of these ATMs will accept EuroCheque cards, and probably 3/4 or more indicate they accept EuroCard/MasterCard and Visa. Some of these ATMs also indicate a Cirrus or Plus logo, but the absence of this logo should not be taken to mean that a Cirrus or Plus ATM card will not work -- I have had success with my Cirrus card in every ATM I have tried with the MasterCard/Visa label, and just recently my Plus card started working in these ATMs. However, my cards were not accepted by some machines without the MC/Visa logo. It appears that in 1993, all the ATMs in Vienna had their labels changed to include Cirrus, and the same was done at selected ATMs in other towns as well, so my guess is the nationwide network was linked up and it is just a matter of replacing the labels, so go ahead and use your Cirrus or Plus card in any ATM with MasterCard or Visa logo. ATMs are readily found, and will likely be in any city or town of interest to a traveler.
      My Plus ATM card did not appear to work a couple months ago in these ATMs. But in late August 1995, I had success with this same card in a machine with a Visa logo but no Plus logo. This seems to mean that now all the ATMs with a Visa logo will accept Plus network cards. And at the end of August, I saw that one of the ATMs with MasterCard/Visa/Cirrus had had the Plus logo added to it, as well as another network which is probably only useful in Europe, identified by an ``E'' and commonly seen on ATMs in Germany (I'll pay more attention to what its name is next time). It will be just a matter of time until the Plus logo is added to the ATMs, as not all ATMs have the Cirrus logo yet, so your Plus card should work in any Visa ATM whether or not the Plus logo has been added.

"Many ATMs indicate they are in service from 05:00 until 24:00.''

AmEx cards only at AmEx offices (Vienna).

Points of arrival :
      ``An ATM which accepts MasterCard and Visa, and probably Cirrus and Plus, is in the Flughafen Wien-Schwechat, Vienna airport, arrival hall. There is a MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus and Plus ATM at the Wien Westbahnhof railway station in Vienna at track level, and one outside at the entrance to the Post.
Inf      ormation about ATMs at Vienna's other main stations, as well as the stations in Salzburg and Innsbruck, would be appreciated for travelers arriving by train from other countries at these popular destinations.''
Payment Cards :
      ``The nationwide POS network is indicated with the green and blue B Kasse logo, and can be seen at filling stations and at a small number of stores. The edc/Maestro Point-of-Sale card appears to be accepted for payment in most gas stations. The store I saw with the POS terminal did not mention Maestro or any other such card, and I was told my card wouldn't work, so I didn't try it. One bank I saw had a sign saying it would accept the Electron card, but probably not in the ATM.''
Foreign exchange :
      In addition to banks, you will find currency exchange machines in the larger towns.
Travelers checks :
      You will always be charged a commission for changing in Austria, as required by the government, with a rate determined by the bank. (AmEx =1-5% commission)

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