EUROPEAN UNION Information

Austria
Area 32,378 sq m (83,853 sq km)
Capital Vienna
Population 8.11 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
8 am - 12.30 pm, 1.30-3 pm Mon-Fri
(open until 5.30 pm Thu)
Government offices
8 am - 4 pm Mon-Fri
Commercial offices
8 am - 12.30 pm, 1.30-5.30 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Vienna, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Linz, Graz, Klagenfurt
Germany
Area 137,811 sq m (356,910 sq km)
Capital Berlin
Population 81.92 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
8.30 am - 1 pm, 2.30-4.30 pm Mon-Fri (6 pm Thu)
Government offices
8 am - 5 pm Mon-Fri (8 am - 6 pm Thu)
Commercial offices
9 am - 6 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Berlin: Schonefeld, Telget; Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich
Netherlands
Area 15,771 sq m (40,844 sq km)
Capital Amsterdam
Population 15.57 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
9 am - 4 pm Mon-Fri, also 5-8 pm Thu
Government offices
8.30 am - 5 pm Mon-Fri
Commercial offices
8.30 am - 5.30 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Maastricht
Belgium
Area 11,784 sq m (30,519 sq km)
Capital Brussel
Population 10.16 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
9 am - 12 pm, 2-4 pm Mon-Fri
some banks remain open at midday
Government offices
8/8.30 am - 5 pm Mon-Fri
Commercial offices
9 am - 5 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Antwerp, Brussel
Greece
Area 50,964 sq m (131,990 sq km)
Capital Athens
Population 10.49 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
8 am - 2 pm Mon-Fri (flexible)
Government offices
7 am - 2.30 pm Mon-Fri
(7.30 am - 3 pm Mon-Fri summer)
Commercial offices
9 am - 6 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Athens, Corfu, Crete, Rhodes, Thessalonica
Portugal
Area 35,674 sq m (92,389 sq km)
Capital Lisbon
Population 9.81 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
8.30 am - 2.45 pm Mon-Fri
Offices
9 am - 1 pm, 3-6 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Lisbon, Oporto, Faro
Denmark
Area 16,633 sq m (43,077 sq km)
Capital Copenhagen
Population 5.24 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
9.30 am - 4 pm Mon-Fri (6 pm Thu)
Government offices
8 am - 4 pm Mon-Wed
8 am - 4/6 pm Thu
8 am - 2/4 pm Fri
Commercial offices
8 am - 4 pm Mon-Thu
8 am - 2/4 pm Fri
International Airports
Copenhagen, Aarhus, Billund
Ireland
Area 27,138 sq m (70,284 sq km)
Capital Dublin
Population 3.55 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
10 am - 4 pm Mon-Fri (5 pm Thu)
some banks close for lunch
Government offices
8.30/10 am - 1 pm
2.15-4/6 pm Mon-Fri
Commercial offices
8/10 am - 4/6 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Dublin, Cork, Shannon
Spain
Area 194,908 sq m (504,782 sq km)
Capital Madrid
Population 39.67 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
9 am - 2 pm Mon-Fri
9 am - 12.30 pm Sat
Offices
times vary; check with individual firms and banks
International Airports
Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga, Bilbao, Valencia, Alicante, Almeria, Gerona, Santiago
Finland
Area 130,558 sq m (338,127 sq km)
Capital Helsinki
Population 5.13 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
9.15 am - 4.15 pm Mon-Fri
Government and Commercial offices
8 am - 4.15 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Helsinki, Tampere, Turku
Italy
Area 116,326 sq m (301,268 sq km)
Capital Rome
Population 57.23 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
8.30 am - 1.20, 3-4 pm Mon-Fri
Government offices
8 am - 2 pm Mon-Sat
Commercial offices
Northern Italy:
8.30 am - 12.45 pm, 3-6.30 pm Mon-Fri
Central and Southern Italy:
8.30 am - 12.45 pm, 4.30/5-8 pm Mon-Fri
Shop
8.30/9 am - 1 pm, 3.30/4 - 7.30/8 pm Mon-Sat
International Airports
Bari, Bologna, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Trieste, Turin, Venice
Sweden
Area 173,742 sq m (449,964 sq km)
Capital Stockholm
Population 8.82 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
9.30 am - 3 pm Mon-Fri
(also 4/5.30 Thu)
Commercial offices
8.30 am - 5 pm Mon-Fri
many office open and close an hour earlier during the summer
International Airports
Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö
France
Area 212,946 sq m (551,500 sq km)
Capital Paris
Population 58.33 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
9 am-noon - 2-4 pm weekdays
Closed either Sat or Mon
Government offices
9 am - 12 pm Mon-Fri
Commercial offices
9 am - 12 noon, 2-6 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Paris: Charles de Gaulle, Orly: Lyons, Marseille, Nice
Luxenbourg
Area 999 sq m (2,586 sq km)
Capital Luxenbourg
Population 0.41 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
8.30 am - 12 noon, 1.30-4.30 pm Mon-Fri
(also 4/5.30 Thu)
Government offices
9 am - 12 noon, 2-5 pm Mon-Fri
Commercial offices
8 am - 12 noon, 2-6 pm Mon-Fri
International Airports
Luxenbourg
United Kingdom
Area 94,253 sq m (244,100 sq km)
Capital London
Population 58.14 million (1996)
Business Hours
Banks
9.15 am - 4.45 pm Mon-Fri
Government offices
variable Mon-Fri
Commercial offices
9/9.30 am - 5/5.30 pm Mon-Fri
Shop
9/9.30 am - 5/5.30 pm Mon-Sat
International Airports
London: Gatwick, Heathrow; Birmingham: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester