Facts & Figures
What important facts should I know about the US?
One of the world's largest countries, the federal constitutional republic of the United States comprises one federal district and 50 states, 48 of which are contiguous states. Only Hawaii and Alaska are not adjacent to the other states. The capital is Washington, DC; the largest city, however, is New York City. With a total area of 9.8 million square kilometers (3.8 million square miles), the US is spread over six different time zones (UTC -5 to -10 during the winter time and UTC -4 to -10 during summertime). Due to a multi-ethnic population of more than 305 million, the US does not have an official language at the federal level. However, the vast majority of the people speak English, followed by Spanish. Various climatic zones are represented within the US because of the country's tremendous size and geographic variety. The currency is the United States dollar.
Where can I get more information about the US?
The US Embassy to Austria provides general information about the country, as well as specific comprehensive information on topics such as economy, history, politics, and the arts. Information covering the same topics, a newcomer's guide, and tips for doing business in the United States can be found at the "Visitors to the United States" section of the Web site of the US government. A brief overview of important facts and figures on the United States is available at the Web site World's Facts & Figures.
Where can I find information on travelling in the US?
The "Travel to the US" section of the Web site of the US Embassy to Austria covers questions concerning travel planning, including visa information. Moreover, a list of tourism offices of all states, as well as links to other planning resources, can be found at this page. Practical information concerning weather, driving, postal services, etc. is offered in the "Tour the US" section of the US government site. Here, printable maps of every state are available and you can draw your own map in accordance with your personal requirements.
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Related LinksUS Embassy to Austria - General Information: http://austria.usembassy.gov/index.html
US Government - Newcomer Guide: http://www.usa.gov/index.shtml
US Government - Visitors to the United States: http://www.usa.gov/visitors.shtml
World's Facts & Figures - Facts and Figures: http://www.worldfactsandfigures.com/countries/united_states.php
US Embassy to Austria - Travel to the US: http://austria.usembassy.gov/travel.html
US Government - Tour the US: http://www.usa.gov/visitors/travel.shtml
US Government - Maps: http://www.nationalatlas.gov/index.html
US Government - Draw your own map: http://nationalatlas.gov/mapmaker