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AUSTRIA: What sign languages are used in Austria?

This article can help you answer the following questions:


Where is Austria?


How many Deaf / Hard of Hearing people are in Austria?

There are an estimated 297,000 Deaf and Hard of Hearing in the Austria.

This percentage is a rough estimation: 3.3% of the general population. Lack of research make estimating these numbers difficult. The World Health Organization estimates 5% of the world population has significant hearing loss. Keep in mind that developing nations typically have a much higher number of Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.


What sign languages are used in Austria?

  • Österreichische Gebärdensprache (ÖGS) or Austrian Sign Language

Written / spoken languages in Austria:

  • German

  • Alemannic

  • Austro-Bavarian


How do you say Austria in sign language?


Where can I learn Austrian Sign Language online?

This language is not yet available. If you would like to learn this language, please request it here:

InterSign University offers many international sign language courses. Check them out here:


What Deaf organizations are located in Austria?

Description: The Austrian Deaf Association (ÖGLB) is an umbrella organization for the state associations and Deaf clubs in Austria. It works to promote the interests and needs of all deaf people. Its website has many links to deaf-related resources in Austria and around the world.

Source: Gallaudet


Additional sign language resources for Austria

We will update this section as more information becomes available.


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