Language

What language is spoken in Austria?

 

The 2001 census revealed that while the official language of German remains the most widely spoken in Austria, others are increasing in popularity as a result of immigration.

German is the first language of 88.8% of Austrians. It is slightly different from the German spoken in Germany - in practice it doesn't differ much, though, and if you speak German you will be easily understood in Austria. The other main languages are Turkish (spoken by 2.3%), Serbain (2.2%) and Croatian (1.3%).

According to law, bilingual signs should be used in areas of the country populated by Austria's 'traditional' ethnic minorities (Carinthian Slovenes plus Croats and Hungarians in Burgenland). This law has not always been followed in practice, however, and remains a significant political hot topic.