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Austria

Republic of Austria

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Geography

Area: 83,855 sq km

Landlocked. The Alps in the south and west; flat plains along the Danube River in the east.

Population: 8,387,491    Annual Growth: 0.37%

Capital: Vienna

Urbanites: 67.6%

HDI Rank: 14 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)

Peoples

Peoples: 47 (15% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: German    Languages: 20 All languages

Religion

Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr
Christians6,925,55182.57-0.4
Evangelicals40,5240.52.1

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Challenges for Prayer

Austria’s longstanding Catholic culture is in serious decline. Record numbers leave the Church each year. Annual membership loss accelerated through the 1990s and 2000s to around 1% per year, a trend showing no sign of changing. The church tax (1% taxable income) and prominent sex scandals among the clergy both contribute to breaks from the church. Seeking God outside the confines of Catholicism is little understood at present. Pray fervently for the growing renewal movement in the Catholic Church.

Almost all church growth occurs within evangelical/charismatic churches. Pentecostal churches nearly doubled between 2000 and 2010. Even so, all evangelicals number only 0.5% of the population. Pray for further multiplication of congregations where the Lord Jesus Christ is proclaimed and honoured. Pray also for the efforts of the Runde Tisch (WdV) working across all Christian blocs, as well as the Evangelical Alliance (ÖEA) and the Fellowship of Evangelical Congregations in Austria (ARGEGÖ). Their work is vital in bringing cooperation and partnership to the diverse Christian framework.

     For an additional 8 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Austria.