COMPENDIUM CULTURAL POLICIES AND TRENDS IN EUROPE
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Austria/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.5 Language issues and policies

The dominant language spoken in Austria is German. Minority languages covered by the Volksgruppengesetz (Ethnic Groups Act) are Croatian and Hungarian (found mostly in Burgenland) and Slovene (found mostly in Carinthia). In Burgenland, the language of instruction in a school depends on the number of students in that school speaking a second language. Hungarian language instruction at the elementary level is provided for the Hungarian minority in Burgenland. For the largest ethnic minority in Austria, the Carinthian Slovenes, secondary education is provided in Slovene; a so-called "minority education right" (see also chapter 4.2.4).


Chapter published: 02-02-2016

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