Introducing Arnold Schwarzenegger
Successful body builder, Hollywood movie star and Governor of California.
Born July 1977 Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold Schwarzenegger became interested in bodybuilding from a young age going on to win 5 Mr Universe titles and 7 Mr Olympia titles becoming a bodybuilding icon and dominating the sport.
Arnold emigrated to the United States in 1968 and in the 1970’s began a film career with the breakout lead role in ‘Conan the Barbarian’ (1982) before taking on his most famous role as the lead in the 1984 film ‘The Terminator’. Mixing action with comedic roles Arnold became and international movie star amassing a large personal fortune.
In 1983 he became a U.S. citizen and in 1986 married new reported Maria Shriver, niece of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. Arnold became involved in politics in the 1990’s campaigning for the Republican party. In 2003 he was elected Governor of California in a recall election and re-elected in 2006.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, here is some information on his home country;
Year of EU entry: 1995
Political system: Federal Republic
Capital city: Vienna
Total area: 83 870 km2
Population: 8.3 million
Official EU language: German
The Alps dominate the western and southern parts of Austria while the eastern provinces – including Vienna, the capital – lie in the Danube basin.
Until the end of World War I, Austria had been the centre of a vast empire, which controlled much of central Europe for centuries. Austria is now a federal republic, consisting of nine states.
Vienna hosts a number of international organisations, including the Secretariat of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.
The Austrian Parliament has two chambers. The National Council, or Nationalrat, has 183 members, who are elected by direct popular vote to serve a five-year term. The Federal Council, or Bundesrat, is the upper house with about 62 members who represent each province. Its members serve a four or six-year term.
Austria has a rich cultural heritage. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart occupies a place of his own as a composer, while the music of Franz Schubert also enjoys great popularity. In the world of philosophy and ideas, the work of Siegmund Freud continues to provoke controversy, while Ludwig Wittgenstein was one of the major influences in 20th century philosophical thinking. In art, the paintings of Gustav Klimt from the late 1800s are widely admired.
Austria has a mixed industrial and agricultural economy, while tourism is also an important source of income.
In cuisine, Austrian specialities such as Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel have become international dishes which need no translation.