Parliament, Vienna, Austria

The Austrian Parliament serves as the home of the National Council (Nationalrat) and the Federal Council (Bundesrat). One of the most important ceremonies to take place at the Parliament is the swearing in of the Austrian president. Ironically though, while Emperor Franz Joseph commissioned the building, he never actually stepped foot in it. Additionally, with representatives from eight nations, the multinational parliament had ineffective communication. The lack of translation in parliament provided such frustrations that representatives would often play instruments and bang on the tables to annoy each other. While the start of the Austrian Parliament was anything but smooth, it was most definitely an important step for the democratic nation.

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