While there are certainly good discussion topics when getting to know Austrians, first and foremost it is important not to ask questions if one is not genuinely interested.
Many Austrians are somewhat reserved towards foreigners upon a first meeting and may find the outgoing and very positive attitude of North Americans overbearing or even superficial and insincere.
Other minority languages include Croatian (0.5%) and Hungarian (0.1%).
All three languages are taught alongside German in some bilingual schools.
Meetings come in all shapes and sizes, and are more important than ever in business today.
There are the everyday office meetings, board meetings, and seminars.
Also, since the European Union has welcomed countries from Eastern Europe, Austria is proud of its role in helping foreign companies to establish themselves in the East.Arguably, Southern Germany, especially Bavaria, is a close cultural relative of Austria in many ways.Indeed the regions of Austria are all similar to their neighbors, so you will not notice you have crossed a border, whether it be into South Tyrol in Italy, north to Bavaria or east to Hungary.Austrians as a large like to define themselves merely by what they are not.Tourists often make the mistake of classifying Austrians as Germans, which despite a common language (well at least on paper), they are not.