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National day in Austria

Quick Facts

National Day on October 26 is a public holiday in Austria.

Local names

NameLanguage
NationalfeiertagGerman
National dayEnglish

National day 2014

Sunday, October 26, 2014

National day 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015
List of dates for other years

Every year on October 26 Austrians celebrate their country's declaration of permanent neutrality after World War II and its regained status as an independent and sovereign nation on October 26, 1955.

The Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna.

©iStockphoto.com/Ivan Tykhyi

What do people do?

On October 26, the Austrian national flag is omnipresent throughout the country. Memorial ceremonies are held in many locations, federal museums offer free entry and some state institutions open for visitors.

A very different tradition on National Day are the “fitness marches” (Fit-Märsche). These are hikes that are organized throughout the country and attract around 100,000 people each year. The aim is to promote fitness and raise awareness of a healthy life-style.

Public life

The National Day on October 26 is a public holiday in Austria. Offices, banks, schools and businesses are closed. Public transport runs on a reduced schedule.

Background

October 26 has been the date of Austria's National Day since 1965. Ten years earlier, the country had declared its permanent neutrality, which has since become one of the fundamental values of Austrian foreign policy. One day before the declaration, on October 25, 1955, the last foreign troops left the country, which had been occupied by the four allied powers (Soviet Union, United States, Great Britain and France) since the end of World War II.

National day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
FriOct 261990National dayNational holiday
SatOct 261991National dayNational holiday
MonOct 261992National dayNational holiday
TueOct 261993National dayNational holiday
WedOct 261994National dayNational holiday
ThuOct 261995National dayNational holiday
SatOct 261996National dayNational holiday
SunOct 261997National dayNational holiday
MonOct 261998National dayNational holiday
TueOct 261999National dayNational holiday
ThuOct 262000National dayNational holiday
FriOct 262001National dayNational holiday
SatOct 262002National dayNational holiday
SunOct 262003National dayNational holiday
TueOct 262004National dayNational holiday
WedOct 262005National dayNational holiday
ThuOct 262006National dayNational holiday
FriOct 262007National dayNational holiday
SunOct 262008National dayNational holiday
MonOct 262009National dayNational holiday
TueOct 262010National dayNational holiday
WedOct 262011National dayNational holiday
FriOct 262012National dayNational holiday
SatOct 262013National dayNational holiday
SunOct 262014National dayNational holiday
MonOct 262015National dayNational holiday
WedOct 262016National dayNational holiday
ThuOct 262017National dayNational holiday
FriOct 262018National dayNational holiday
SatOct 262019National dayNational holiday
MonOct 262020National dayNational holiday

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