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Climate Austria has a temperate continental climate. Summer temperatures: around 25° C (77° F) to 35° C (95° F). Winter temperatures: often dropping below -10° C (14° F). 
Language German is the official language in Austria, and is spoken natively by 88.6% of the population.  
Population > Austria: 8,440,465 (1st January 2012)
> Linz (capital of Upper Austria): 191,107 (1st January 2012)
> Wels: 58,717 (1st January 2012) 
Currency & Banking  Currency- The official currency of Austria is Euro (EUR, €). Therewith, Austria belongs to the 23 European countries that use the common European money.

Banks - Banks are located in the sourrings of the congress area. Opening hours (depends on the Bank):

  • Monday-Friday: 09:00 am - 12:00 (Lunch), 02:00 pm - 03:00 pm
  • Saturday and Sundays: closed

ATMsYou may find ATMs within a bank or outside. Entering a bank during closing hours is usually possible with bank cards that have a chip. In order to easierly find an ATM see the sign underneath. ATMs closest to the cogress area:

  • Allgemeine Sparkasse OÖ, Stelzhamerstrasse 23, at the Campus
  • Volksbank Wels, Pfarrgasse 5
  • Raiffeisenbank Wels, Kaiser-Josef-Platz 58
  • Many more ATMs on Kaiser-Josef-Platz
Time Zone UTC/GMT +1 hour is the standard time zone in Austria. Daylight saving time starts end of March until end of October. In this periode the time zone differs from the standard: UTC/GMT +2 hours.

Time and weather information can be found here:

Power and Electrical Plugs Electricity is 220-230V, 50 Hz. Austrian plugs have two round pins.  
Calling Codes > Austria country code : +43 (or 00 43)
> Linz: +43 (0)732
> Wels: +43 (0)7242 
Emergency Numbers > European emergency number: 112
> Austrian Police department: 133
> Austrian Ambulance: 144
> Austrian Fire department: 122 
Pharmacies STERNapotheke
Adress: Bahnhofstraße 11 (close to the Campus)
Phone: 07242 46711, Web:
Opening hours: Mo - Fr: 8.30 am - 12.30 pm and 13.30 am to 18.00 pm, Sa 8.30 am to 12.00 noon.

Adress: Plobergerstraße 7
Phone: 07242 464880, Web:
Opening hours: Mo-Fr 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and 13.30 am to 18.00 pm, Sa 8.30 am to 12.00 noon 
Store Opening Hours The opening hours of shops vary in Austria. Mostly though, the opening hours during the week are Monday – Friday, from 09:00 am - 18:00 pm and on Saturday, they are open until 13.00 pm or 17.00 pm. 
Smoking No smoking at public places (e.g. airports, train stations, schools, universities, government administration buildings) and on public transport (e.g. trains). Smoking is allowed in restaurants, bars and cafes, when there are seperated smoking and non-smoking areas. 


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