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Facts & Figures

It helps to know what it feels like to be in the Tyrol. Like here on a hike in the Ziller valley.

The Tyrol up close

Facts are dry? Not when you can see, touch, smell, taste or hear them. Using the five senses, we will provide you with valuable facts and exciting figures.

Let's start with touch on the skin. Have you ever dipped your hands in a mountain stream and felt the refreshing cold and clear water between your fingers and on your face? Or swam in a cold mountain lake after getting to the top of a rocky height? Where 1.5 billion cubic metres of water from about 10.000 sources bubble through the rocks in drinking water quality? Water also provides the people in the Tyrol with a large amount of power. Because when water from large impounding reservoirs such as the Schlegeis reservoir in the Ziller valley or the one in Kühtai near Innsbruck picks up speed on its way to lower impounding reservoirs, a peak current is produced practically at the push of a button. More than 7,000 gigawatt hours of electricity are generated in more than 1,000 hydroelectric power plants in the Tyrol every year.

The mountains and their peaks – a daily feast for the eyes. Their forests and bodies of water are also the reason why the people in the Tyrol can only live on 13% of the 12,640 km2 land surface. 728,826 inhabitants (2014) live in 279 municipalities in nine districts. the Tyrol is the third most densely populated federal republic in Austria. So you not only see familiar faces. Especially if you take a trip through Innsbruck, the state capital, with its international students. About one in four who lives in Innsbruck studies at one of the 8 universities. More than one third of the 40,000 students come from abroad.

In spite of the international environment and interaction between the different cultures, the Tyrol is still very attached to its roots. The production of fine dairy products has a long tradition in the Tyrol where they still produce 16,770 tonnes of cheese every year. Cheese, butter, quark, etc. are a delight to the palate when they are made from the 40 million litres of milk produced annually at the 2,102 alpine pastures in the Tyrol. Milk from alpine meadows not only tastes delicious but it is also healthier. The feed composition and altitude just happen to result in an even higher content of fat, protein and vitamins A and D. And just as natural as the Tyrol tastes, is exactly how it smells, too - of mountain herbs, of hay and of pine wood. The oldest tree in the Tyrol is a Swiss pine that is at least 700 years old. Apart from old Swiss pines, there are also a lot of young trees as the timber industry in the Tyrol is committed to sustainability: while only 4.2 solid cubic metres of timber are harvested per hectare, 6.5 solid cubic metres of reserved timber per hectare are left to grow back. The forests are conserved and people benefit from timber construction that absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere – a win-win situation.

So this leaves: what does the Tyrol sound like? As diverse as the region itself. Cow bells ringing, crickets chirping on mild summer nights, snow creaking and crackling under people's feet and church bells chiming. And even cars purring here and there. After all, companies in the Tyrol transport goods worth nearly 11 billion euros abroad every year.

The listening experience in the Tyrol also includes the marches carried out by around 300 brass band in the region, a feast for the ears at the Tiroler Landestheater (Tyrolean State Theatre) or modern and trendy sounds such as the songs rapped in the Tyrolean dialect by the band Rap Tirolizm as well as jazz music, e.g. played by Franz Hackl, the trumpet player. the Tyrol sounds traditional and international – simply diverse.

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The sounds of the Tyrol - the best radio stations and livestreams straight from the Tyrol:

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Are you thinking of visiting one of the pastures inthe Tyrol where 40 million litres of quality milk come from? Here's the perfect guide book: