8,935,112 (2020)

Official language

Austrian German


Euro (€) 



Time Zone

UTC+1 (CET); Summer UTC+2 (CEST)

Dialling Code


Area (sq. miles)



$461.432 bn (PPP)

Important Ministries

Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria 

VAT on Books

10% for books and 20% on eBooks 

Fixed Book Price Systems


Trade Associations

Association of the Austrian Book Trade
Hauptverband des Österreichischen Buchhandels or HVB) represents the interests of booksellers, publishers, distributors.

Austrian Library Association (BVÖ) is an organisation representing the interests of Austrian public libraries. 


  • Book market statistics (PA, 2017) [link to download/view]
  • Austria’s report to Federation of European Publishers (HVB, November 2017) [link to download/view] 
  • Austria’s report to the Federation of European Publishers (HVB, June 2017) [link to download/view] 
  • Der Buchmarkt in Österreich (HVB, 2014, in German) [link to download/view] 


Annual Book Fairs

Vienna International Book Fair (Buch Wien) is held over 5 days in Vienna. 

Translations Programmes

New Books in German Translation Funding provide financial support to publishers interested in translating books from German. 

The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria provides grants in support of the translation of Austrian literature. 

Useful Contacts

British Council

Email: exams@britishcouncil.at
Tel: 0043 1 533 26 16 77

Department for International Trade

Email: commerce@britishembassy.at
Tel: +43 1 716 13 6161 

Bronwen MooreHead of Trade and Investment, Vienna
Email: bronwen.moore@mobile.trade.gov.uk 


Directory of Austrian Booksellers (HVB) 


Directory of Austrian Publishers (New Books in German)