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Republic of Austria


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

Official language: German    Languages: 20 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr


Challenges for Prayer

Young people are more open to the gospel than the previous generation, but churches are poorly equipped for effective youth ministry. Pray for the necessary training for the churches and for a spiritual harvest amongst the youth.

a) Witness among the 250,000 students is one of the most fruitful in the land today. The majority are in Vienna, which also hosts many thousands of international students. The seven universities all have active ministry in them. Pray for the ministries of ÖSM(IFES), CCCI and Navigators on the campuses of Austria. Both CEF and SU have ministries focusing on school-age children.

b) Growing prayer movements among teenagers led to the formation of an Austrian Prayer Congress (APC) of over 1,000 meeting biannually. SU started a prayer movement within schools equipping and encouraging students to pray for peers and teachers. Pray for these efforts and others such as JAM among older youth in Vienna, and ABÖJ among younger youth country-wide.

Media ministries for prayer:

a) Literature ministries. Scripture distribution by The Bible Society and the literature ministries of Austrian Bible Mission, Christliche Bücherzentrale (CBZ) and CLC all need prayer. The Bible is widely available to all.

b) Radio and TV. Plentiful programmes are broadcast by radio and on satellite in English and German, though good German-language programming is not accessible in large areas of Austria. Material in German on the Internet abounds. Most expatriate languages have Christian radio broadcasts, though again accessibility is limited.

     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.