Flag of Austria

Flag of Austria

The Austrian flag is considered to be one of the oldest flags. It consists of three horizontal stripes of equal width, where the middle one is white and the other two are red. According to the legend, the Babenberg Duke Leopold V. fought in the Crusade for the Holy Land in 1191 at the Battle of Acre so valiantly, that he did not even notice that his white shirt is totally covered in blood. After the battle he realized that he had lost his standard, so he decided to hang his stained shirt instead. When he took off his belt with scabbard, untouched white stripe appeared on his shirt. In the 13th century, the last Babenberg Duke adopted red and white as his colors in order to express admiration and respect to his valiant predecessor.

Country information

Independent Yes
Country codes AT, AUT (ISO 3166-1)
Official name Republic of Austria
Capital city Vienna
Continent Europe
Member of United Nations, European Union
Population 8 902 600 (2020)
Total area 83 871 km2
Highest point Grossglockner (3 798 m, 12 461 ft)
Lowest point Lake Neusiedl (115 m, 377 ft)
GDP per capita $ 51 462 (World Bank, 2018)
Currency Euro (€, EUR)
Calling code +43
Internet TLD .at

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