Year Founded: 1955
With a population about 8.6 million, Austria is one of the richest nations in the world. Its GDP per capita ranks among the top 15 in the world. One of the few permanently neutral countries in the world, Austria will never join any military alliance nor allow any state to set up military bases within its territory. International peacekeeping operations are the only exception. As a result, many international organizations are headquartered in Vienna, creating the best national defense for Austria. The news frequently reports on Austria as the place where international negotiations are held.