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Location address: Österreich, Wien, Wien
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When Vienna finished its subway system in 1978, a lot of people started to commit suicide by throwing themselves in front of the trains. Suicide attempts numbered nearly 40 per year. Obviously the media reported about this, causing the increase of attempts. This is caused the “Werther effect”, after the protagonist in the book of Goethe. Psychiatrists started to work with the journaists and a stop on the suicide reports were implemented in 1987. This resulted in a drop of suicides to roughly 6 per year.
Vienna (/viːˈɛnə/; German: Wien [viːn], Austro-Bavarian: Wean) is the capital and largest city of Austria, and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria’s primary city, with a population of about 1.757 million (2.4 million within the metropolitan area, more than 20% of Austria’s population), and its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 7th-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union. Until the beginning of the 20th century it was the largest German-speaking city in the world, and before the splitting of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in World War I the city had 2 million inhabitants. Today it is the second only to Berlin in German speakers. Vienna is host to many major international organizations, including the United Nations and OPEC. The city lies in the east of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. These regions work together in a European Centrope border region. Along with nearby Bratislava, Vienna forms a metropolitan region with 3 million inhabitants. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Many think the baguette is a typical French creation. But did you know that the baguette comes from Vienna?
Vienna always played a central role serving as an important meeting point and resting station along the way to central, western and southern Europe. It is on many pilgrimage roads such as the Via Slavica. The Via Slavica was the old trade route joining eastern Europe with central and southern Europe.
Linked groups: Via Slavica