Mining in Austria
The extraction of mineral raw materials makes a substantive contribution to regional added value in Austria. The raw materials industry provides the basis to generate about 25% of Austria’s GDP. Compared internationally, Austria has a remarkable production of some raw materials like magnesite or tungsten.
Minerals in the property of the landowner account for about two-thirds of domestic production and thus make up the largest share, followed by minerals free for mining and state-owned minerals. In the field of aggregates (construction raw materials) like sand and gravel, Austria is considered self-sufficient. Regarding metals and fossil fuels, Austria depends largely on imports.
A longstanding mining history has been preserved not only in names of towns and villages, but also in the common language (proverbs) and ancient mining traditions.
The Austrian Mining Yearbook (PDF, 7 MB) (Montan-Handbuch), published annually in German, illustrates major key figures of Austrian mining and also highlights the importance and the capacity of the extractive and raw material processing industries.