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About Austria and its road system
The Federal Republic of Austria is a landlocked country in Central Europe that has population of 8.7 million people. Its highly mountainous terrain covers a territory of 83,879 square kilometres. Its largest city and respectively the capital of Austria is Vienna, while other major urban areas include the cities of Graz, Linz, Salzburg and Innsbruck. Austria is known as being one of the richest countries in the world thanks to its nominal per capita GDP of $43,724. Austria is also, among other things, a member of the European Union, of OECD and the United Nations. Travelling by car in Austria is very comfortable. The country has a grand total of 200 000 km of motorways, a hundred percent of which are paved, with 1700 km being expressways. The A1 Road, also known as the West Autobahn crosses the country from east to west and is part of the European routes E55 and E60. The South Motorway or A2 is another major road in the country runs from Vienna to the cities of Graz and Klagenfurt and reaches the border of Italy. It is one of the newest major roads in Austria, being opened in 1999, after the initial stages of the construction began in the 1970s.