Originally based on material contained in the "Put Your Best Foot Forward" series of books by Mary Murray Bosrock.
, peoples such as the Slavs, Germans, Huns, and Bohemians began to raid Austria.
The Latin name, Austria, had appeared by the twelfth century. Because the country is landlocked and bordered by eight other countries with their own distinctive cultures, the people of each province tend to be different.
Surrounded by so many other cultures, Austria has often been subjected to cultural "invasions," which are a source of the differences among the provinces.
The People Austrians are proud of their contributions to world civilization.
They see themselves as modern, liberal and cultured.
There are also regional dialects of German, such as Weinerisch, spoken in Vienna.
Modern mass media and mobility have diminished many of these distinctions. The 1998 population count was 8,078,449 (2000 estimate, 8,131,111), about 95 percent of whom were ethnic Austrian.
The red and white bars of Austria's national flag adorn its breast.
These represent the blood-stained tunic worn by Duke Leopold V of Babenberg after the Battle of Ptolemais in 1191.
Another source of the diversity is the Alps, which cover 62 percent of the country.
The distinctions also occurred because different groups settled in Austria.