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Republic of Austria
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Location  Europe
Capital  Vienna
Area  83,871 sq km
Population  8,793,370
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January 1

  • Austria joined the European Union (EU), an economic and political union of European countries, on 1 January 1995.[1]
  • Kurt Waldheim, an Austrian diplomat and the 9th President of Austria, served as the fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1st January 1972 to 31st December 1981.[2]

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  • Red squirrels living in a low-stress environment harbor healthier communities of micro-organisms, a result that might hold implications for human health, according to a study by Austrian and Canadian researchers published in the journal Biology Letters on 6 January 2016.[3]

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  • Austria was named as the most welcoming country in the world by popular travel booking platform on 8 January 2019.[4]
  • Researchers from Austria and their international colleagues have found aggressive intestinal bacteria Helicobacter pylori in a 5300-year-old mummy, famously known as Ötzi - the Copper Age man, discovered frozen in a European glacier in 1991, shedding new light on the history of human migration. Their study was published in the journal Science on 8 January 2016.[5]

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  • An international team of researchers and Austrian scientists have discovered a thriving microbial community, distinct and well adapted to survival without light and without organic material under Antarctica, as revealed in the journal Nature on 10 January 2022.[6]

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  • Austrian director Michael Haneke's Amour (Love) won the best foreign language Golden Globe award on 13 January 2013.

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  • Austrian Manuel Feller claimed his first Alpine Ski World Cup victory in the Flachau slalom on 16 January 2021, finishing 0.43 seconds ahead of Clement Noel of France.

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  • Austrian skier Hannes Reichelt won the men's World Cup downhill title on 18 January 2015. The 34-year-old Austrian took victory ahead of three Swiss former winners in 2 minutes, 36.14 seconds.

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  • Austrian researchers and an international team of scientists have produced the first research findings to suggest that pre-Homo human ancestral species used human-like hand postures much earlier than was previously thought. Their findings, based on fossils analysis, were presented in the journal Science on 23 January 2015.[7]

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  • Two-time Olympic champion Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer Mayer thrills on 25 January 2020 became the first Austrian to win the famous Kitzbühel downhill since 2014 and thrilled the home crowds.

January 26

  • Based on a new dating of a jawbone fossils, Austrian researchers and their international colleagues indicated that our species (Homo sapiens) lived outside Africa around 185,000 years ago, some 80,000 years earlier than the previous evidence suggested. Their findings were detailed in the journal Science on 26 January 2018.[8]

January 27

  • Austrian Oliver Marach and Croatian Mate Pavic won men’s doubles Australian Open Grand Slam title defeating Colombian duo Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-4 6-4 on 27 January 2018.[9]

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  • The 1964 Winter Olympics Games were held in Innsbruck, Austria from January 29 to February 9, 1964.The Innsbruck Games were threatened by a lack of snow. The Austrian army rushed to the rescue, carving out 20,000 blocks of ice from the mountain side and transporting them down to the tracks and skiing slopes.[10]

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  • The 1976 Winter Olympic Games were held in Innsbruck, Austria from 4 to 15 February. Innsbruck hosted the Winter Games for the second time.[11]

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  • A team of international archaeologists, including researchers from Austria, has revealed that Germanic runes were the oldest script ever used by the ancient Slavs based on their discovery of an inscribed animal rib dating back to the seventh century. Their findings were published in Journal of Archaeological on 8 February 2021.[12]

February 9

  • Matthias Mayer of Austria won gold in Men's Downhill at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.[13]

February 10

  • Austria claimed gold in team event at the World Alpine Ski Championships with a 3-1 victory over Canada on 10 February 2015.

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  • Austria’s alpine ski racer Vincent Kriechmayr won the men’s downhill by a hundredth of a second, the slimmest of margins, at the Alpine skiing world championships on 14 February 2021 in Italy.

February 15

  • Anna Fenninger of Austria won gold in Women's Super-G at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.[14]

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  • Austrian skier Marcel Hirscher won the men’s slalom World Ski Championships on 17 February 2013 in front of a home audience in Schladming, Austria.[15]

February 18

  • Austrian actor Georg Friedrich won the Silver Bear for Best Actor for his role in Bright Nights at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival on 18 February 2017.[16]

February 19

  • Austrian ski star Marcel Hirscher captured a sixth World Cup slalom crown on 19 February 2019 in Stockholm.

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  • Austrian researchers have developed a photo-electrochemical cell which can chemically store the energy of ultraviolet light even at high temperatures. The photo- electrochemical cell was described in the journal Advanced Functional Materials on 22 February 2016.[17]

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  • Austrian film Amour won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards on 24 February 2013. It is the second time an Austrian film has won the best foreign language film award, following The Counterfeiters in 2008.[18]
  • Austrian film director Stefan Ruzowitzky's film The Counterfeiters won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 80th Academy Awards on February 24, 2008.

February 25

  • Archaeologists from Austria, Belgium and Germany have discovered a large, well-preserved school for Roman gladiators in Carnuntum, Austria. The discovery was reported on 25 February 2014 in the journal Antiquity, reveals intricate details about the daily routine of these famous warriors.[19]
  • Two Austrian satellites, BRITE-AUSTRIA and UniBRITE, were successfully launched into orbit on 25 February 2013 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. They are equipped with the smallest astronomical telescope ever built, which is designed to study some of the brightest stars in the sky.[20]

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  • Austria ranked sixth in the list of the Global Energy Index 2016 published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), showcasing the country's ability to deliver secure, affordable and sustainable energy.[21]

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  • Austria's Marcel Hirscher won record sixth successive men's Alpine skiing World Cup overall title on 4 March 2017 after winning the penultimate giant slalom of the season in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia.

March 5

  • Austrian singer Udo Jürgens won the Eurovision Song Contest 1966 for the song Merci Chérie. The final took place on March 5, 1966 in Luxembourg.[22]

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  • Markus Salcher of Austria won gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics in the Men's Super-G - Standing.[23]

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  • Austrian scientists were awarded 6 research grants by the European Research Council (ERC) on 12 March 2015 as part of the European Union Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020.[24]
  • A team of international scientists, including researchers from Austria, has discovered a vast reservoir of water under the Earth's mantle, 400-600 kilometers (250-375 miles) beneath the Earth’s surface. Their study, confirmed the finding based on the discovery of a rare mineral ringwoodite, was published in the journal Nature on 12 March 2014.[25]

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  • Austria was named as the tenth happiest country in the world, according to an annual U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network report published on 20 March 2021.

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  • Austria ranked sixth at the 2019 Energy Transition Index (ETI) published by World Economic Forum (WEF) on 25 March 2019, which indicates how well countries around the world are able to balance energy security and environmental sustainability and affordability.

March 26

  • On March 26, 2011 Austria along with Croatia, Hungary, Serbia and Slovenia signed a historic declaration to launch a cross-border nature reserve to protect their shared nature and wildlife along the Mura, Drava and Danube rivers, known as 'Europe’s Amazon'.

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April 1

  • A 300-year-old skeleton of a camel used by the Ottomans to invade Vienna has been discovered by Austrian researchers from an abandoned pit in Tulln. Their findings were published in the journal PLOS One on 1 April 2015.[26]

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  • Steirereck in Austria was named as the World’s Tenth Best Restaurant for 2017.[27]

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  • A team of researchers from the Austrian Academy of Science's, Austrian Archaeological Institute, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archaeology, has identified a piece of writing on a shard of pottery unearthed in 2018 at the Lachish archaeological site as the oldest piece of writing ever found in Israel. Their findings were published in Cambridge University Press's, Antiquity on 15 April 2021.[28]

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  • Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda of Austria received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement Award on 18 April 2016.[29]

April 19

  • Researchers from Austria, Brunei and Thailand have discovered a new species of ant, dubbed Colobopsis explodens, in the rainforests of Borneo and their findings were published on 19 April 2018 in the journal ZooKeys.[30]

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  • Austrian documentary Okavango - River of Dreams won the gold award in Nature and Wildlife category at the 2020 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards.[31]

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  • A team of international scientists, including Austrian researchers, has uncovered how brain cells in Alzheimer's go awry and lose their identity, as revealed in the journal Cell Stem Cell on 27 April 2021.[32]
  • Austrian and Russian scientists have created glowing plants using mushroom genes, as revealed in the journal Nature Biotechnology on 27 April 2020.[33]

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  • Austria ranked as the twelfth most tourism-friendly country in the world in the 2015 World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index.[34]

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  • A study of the dromedary camel by researchers from Austria and their international colleagues has shown how long-distance and back-and-forth movements in ancient caravan routes shaped the species’ genetic diversity. Their findings, based on a global sample set and ancient mitochondrial DNA analyses, were revealed on 9 May 2016 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.[35]
  • Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke was bestowed with the 2013 Spain's Prince of Asturias Award for the Art for his leading roles in European contemporary cinema.[36]

May 10

  • Austria's Conchita Wurst won the 59th annual Eurovision Song Contest on 10 May 2014. Conchita won the title for Austria for the first time in 49 years.[37]

May 11

  • Thomas Hollerer of Austria was elected as a member of Fifa's Disciplinary Committee from Europe on 11 May 2017.[38]

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  • Alexander Peya of Austria and Nikola Mektic of Croatia won the men’s doubles tennis title at the 2018 Madrid Open.[39]

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  • Austrian director Michael Haneke's sombre drama The White Ribbon claimed the Palme d'Or, the highest award at the Cannes Film Festival, on 24 May 2009.

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  • Austrian director Michael Haneke won the top prize, Palme d'Or, at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his film about love and death, "Amour". It was his second Palme d'Or win.[40]

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  • Austrian biological laboratory scientists have developed a new imaging method that enables unprecedented insight subcellular structures, tissues, organs and even whole organisms, as revealed in the journal Science Advances on 29 May 2020.[41]

May 30

  • Austrian veteran jurist Brigitte Bierlein was appointed as Austria's first female chancellor on 30 May 2019 to lead an interim government until elections later in the year.

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June 1

  • Austria ranked as the fourth most peaceful country in the world, according to a report published by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) on 1 June 2017.[42]

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  • Austria was ranked as the third most peaceful country in the world according to the 2018 Global Peace Index (GPI) produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).[43]

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  • In a world first, Austrian researchers have successfully fitted a human being with an artificial leg capable of simulating the feelings of a real limb. This marks a revolution in prosthesis research and was unveiled on 8 June 2015.

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  • Austria ranked as the third most peaceful country in the world at the 2015 Global Peace Index published by Institute for Economics & Peace.

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  • Austria’s capital Vienna retained the top position as the world’s most liveable city, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index 2023.

June 23

  • Austria successfully launched a satellite on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 powered by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 23 June 2017.[44]

June 24

  • Researchers from Austria, the USA and Spain have discovered the adhesions, a band of scar tissue that binds two parts of your tissue that are not normally joined together, that build the brain's networks, as published in the journal Neuron on 24 June 2021.[45]

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July 1

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  • Austria’s lower house of parliament passed a bill on 2 July 2019 banning all uses of glyphosate, the controversial pesticide used in weedkiller suspected of causing cancer.

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  • A collaborative effort by cancer researchers from Austria, Japan and the USA has identified a new drug target in leukemia and creation of a candidate drug that hits the target. The newly identified target is a binding pocket on a protein called BRD9. The drug to bind at that pocket, called a bromodomain, is provisionally called BI-7273, as revealed on 4 July 2016 in Nature Chemical Biology.[46]

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  • The UNESCO World Heritage Committee on 6 July 2017 inscribed the Historic Centre of Vienna in Austria as the World Heritage site.[47]

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  • Austrian Alexander Peya and American Nicole Melichar became the Grand Slam tennis champions for the first time by winning the 2018 Wimbledon mixed doubles title beating Jamie Murray and Victoria Azarenka 6-7(1), 3-6.[48]

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  • On 18 July 2012 archeologists from the University of Innsbruck revealed that they found four 600-year-old linen bras in an Austrian castle.[49]

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  • Researchers from Austria, France and the USA have for the first time separated a particle from one of its physical properties. The study, published in Nature Communications on 29 July 2014, showed that in an interferometer a neutron's magnetic moment could be measured independently of the neutron itself - a technique could be used to remove disturbance and improve the resolution of high precision measurements.[50]
  • Austrian researchers, in collaboration with a team of international scientists, have shown that artificial blue light can synchronize the body clock under conditions in which natural light is scarce or unavailable. They performed their experiment under real conditions in Antarctica and published the study on 29 July 2014 which can be appreciated with the knowledge that disturbance to this biological clock causes problems with sleep, alertness, cardiovascular problems and even depression.[51]

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  • United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 12 August 2016 announced the appointment of Werner Faymann of Austria, as his Special Envoy on Youth Employment.[52]

August 13

  • Austria's capital Vienna was named world's most liveable city according to the 2018 Global Liveability Index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit on 13 August 2018.

August 14

  • A baby panda was born at the Schönbrunn zoo in the Austrian capital Vienna on 14 August 2013. At Schönbrunn zoo this is the third time that a young panda has been born and is the only zoo in Europe where pandas -- notoriously picky partners -- have reproduced naturally, without artificial insemination.[53]

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  • Ancient DNA studies by Austrian, Croatian and German researchers have revealed how human migrations from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age transformed the social and genetic structure of European societies, as reported in Scientific Reports on 18 August 2021.[54]

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  • Fritz Pregl from Austria won the 1923 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his invention of the method of micro-analysis of organic substances. Pregl was born on September 3, 1869.

September 4

  • Vienna, the capital of Austria, retained the top spot of the most liveable cities among the 140 cities around the world, according to the annual Global Liveability Index researched by The Economist Intelligence Unit.

September 5

  • Archaeologists discovered remains of a Roman gladiator school on the outskirts of the Austrian capital Vienna. The find, which has been described as 'one in a million' and ‘sensational’, was presented on 5 September 2011.[55]

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  • Austrian Dominic Thiem won his first Grand Slam tennis title defeating Alexander Zverev, 2-6, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, 7-6, in the 2020 US Open men’s singles final. The Austrian is the first player in the Open era to win from two sets down in a US Open final.[56]

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  • Pepo Puch of Austria won Individual Championship Test - Grade Ib - Equestrian gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.

September 15

  • Austrian photographer Gerald Rhemann’s Disconnection Event won the prestigious Astronomy Photograph of the Year award on 15 September 2022. The image shows a piece of Comet Leonard's tail breaking off and being carried away by the solar wind.

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  • Michael Sommer from Austria was named one of the International News Media Association's 30 under 30 award winners, recognising rising stars in the global media industry, on 17 September 2020.[57]

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  • Austria ranked as the 23rd most competitive country in the world, according to a World Economic Forum report released on 30 September 2015. This report, provides insight into the drivers of a country’s productivity and prosperity, suggests Austria has been nurturing innovation and talent.[58]


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  • A team of international scientists, including researchers from Austria, has discovered that Crickets were the first to chirp 300 million years ago. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Communications on 2 October 2020.[59]

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  • Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature for her musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power.[60]

October 8

  • Anton Zeilinger of Austria, John F. Clauser of the USA and Alain Aspect of France were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 for experiments with entangled photons, establishing the violation of Bell inequalities and pioneering quantum information science.[61]

October 9

  • Austrian born scientist Eric R. Kandel jointly won The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for 2000 for his contributions in the discoveries concerning signal transduction in the nervous system.[62]

October 10

  • The Nobel Prize in Literature 2019 was awarded to Peter Handke of Austria for an influential work that with linguistic ingenuity has explored the periphery and the specificity of human experience.[63]

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  • Austria was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the United Nations body responsible for promoting and protecting all human rights around the globe, on 12 October 2018.[64]

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  • Austrian Felix Baumgartner broken the record for the highest ever skydive by jumping out of a balloon 128,100ft (39km) above New Mexico on 14 October 2012. The 43-year-old also became the first person to fall faster than the speed of sound, reaching a top speed of 833.9mph.[65]

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  • Dr. Gunther Bonn of Austria won the prestigious 2015 Gusi Peace Prize in the Scientific Research (Separation Science) category.

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  • The first cooperation agreement between Austria and Cuba in the spheres of art and culture was signed on 2 November 2012 in order to enrich cooperation between the two countries.[66]

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  • Austrian, Italian and German scientists have, for the first time ever, successfully treated a child suffering from extensive skin damage using genetically modified skin transplants from its own stem cells. Scientists have used stem cells and gene therapy to replace about 80 percent of the child’s skin, as revealed on 8 November 2017.[67]

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  • Ulla Weigerstorfer, an Austrian TV personality, won the 37th Miss World contest at the age of 20. The event was held on November 12, 1987 in the Royal Albert Hall, London. Ulla became the second titleholder from Austia.[68]

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  • Eva Rueber-Staier from Austria won the Miss World contest on November 22, 1969. She was the first Austrian to win the title.[68]

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  • Classical horsemanship and the High School of the Spanish Riding School Vienna, Austria was added to the 2015 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Classical horsemanship at the Spanish Riding School Vienna is the traditional art and practice of breeding, raising, training and riding Lipizzaner horses.[69]

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  • Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai's Joy, an unflinching look at migrant sex workers in Europe, won the top prize at the 2018 Marrakesh film festival in Morocco.

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  • Austrian journalist Alfred Fried jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1911 for his work on the establishments of influential peace publications.[70]
  • The Nobel Peace Prize 1905 was awarded to Bertha von Suttner from Austria for her promotion of world peace. She was the first woman to be a Nobel Peace Prize laureate.[71]

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  • Marcel Hirscher of Austria took 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on 12 December 2014 in Are, Sweden. In the process, he became only the fifth Austrian skier to reach 25 World Cup wins.

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  • Austria was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 14 December 1955.

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  • Austrian ski racer Anna Fenninger had two near-perfect runs to win the women's World Cup giant slalom on 28 December 2012.[72]

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  • Austria’s Marlies Schild broke the record for World Cup slalom victories by securing her 35th success on home snow in Lienz on 29 December 2013.

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