Austria joined the European Union in 1995 and was the first wave of countries to adopt the euro on 1 January 1999.
Surface area: 83 858 km2
Population: 8 356 707 (Eurostat 2009)
Joined the European Union: 1 January 1995
Currency: Euro since 1 January 1999 (formerly Austrian schilling, ATS)
Status: Euro-area member since 1 January 1999
Fixed conversion rate: €1 = 13.7603 AST
Adoption of the euro: The euro banknotes and coins were introduced in Austria on 1 January 2002, after a transitional period of three years when the euro was the official currency but only existed as 'book money'. The dual circulation period – when both the schilling and the euro had legal tender status – ended on 28 February 2002.
Exchange of former national currency: The Österreichische Nationalbank (Austrian National Bank) continues to exchange schilling banknotes and coins for an unlimited period.
Euro hotline Austria: +43 1 514 33 2226