The name of the country comes from drevnenemetskogo Ostarrichi - «Eastern country." The name « Austria » was first mentioned in a document dated 1 November 996.
The Austrian flag is one of the oldest national symbols in the world. According to legend, in 1191, during one of the battles of the Third Crusade, a snow-white shirt Leopold V of Austria was completely splattered with blood. When Duke took off his wide belt formed on the shirt white stripe. The combination of these colors has its banner and flag of Austria in the future.