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Upper Austria employs its historic coat-of-arms. It consists of an escutcheon divided vertically and surmounted by a ducal coronet. In the left segment is a golden eagle on a black field. The right segment is made up of red and white vertical bars.

Origins of the coat-of-arms: Introduced during the reign of Rudolph IV, the coat-of-arms was borrowed from that of the Upper Austrian Lords of Machland. It is first depicted in colour in around the year 1390.

Area: 11,980 square kilometres (4,624 square miles).

Population: 1.39 million

Climate information is here.

Capital: Linz

Patron Saint: Saint Leopold (the Babenberg Duke Leopold III, born 1073, died 1136).

Saint's Day: November 15

Anthem: The words of the anthem "Hoamatland, Hoamatland" are by Franz Stelzhamer, the melody by Hans Schnopfhagen.

History: As early as 976 the Machland (today the eastern part of the region known as "Mühlviertel") and the Traungau (the area west of the River Steyr) belonged to the lands ruled by the Babenberg Dukes. Further estates were purchased and the territory was enlarged to the south and west. This region was not separated from Lower Austria until the reign of Ottokar II Premysl. In 1504 Emperor Maximilian I acquired the region around Mondsee. By this time Upper Austria had assumed its modern-day borders in the east, north and south. The Innviertel was assigned to Upper Austria by the Peace of Teschen which ended the War of the Bavarian Succession.

The server of the Federal Province of Upper Austria is here.