Federal Constitution (Austria) - Article 8


German is Austria's official language, but its autochthonous ethnic groups and Austrian sign language are recognized, respected, safeguarded, and supported.


(1) German is the official language of the Republic without prejudice to the rights provided by federal law for linguistic minorities.
(2) The Republic (Federation, provinces and municipalities) subscribe to its linguistic and cultural multiplicity having grown, expressed in the autochthonous ethnic groups. Language and culture, existence and preservation of these ethnic groups are to be respected, safeguarded and to be supported.
(3) The Austrian sign language is recognized as independent language. Details are regulated by the laws.

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