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Styria - where the future is taking place!

Europa - Österreich - Steiermark
Europe - Austria - Styria 
Die Steiermark: Das grüne Herz Österreichs
Styria: the green heart of Austria 
No other Austrian province brings as many innovations onto the market as Styria – the export market is more dynamic here than anywhere else. With an R&D rate of 5.16%, Styria has been above the EU target for many years. This can be attributed to the outstanding training and research environment along with the thirst for knowledge, the tenacity and the entrepreneurial spirit, which are characteristic of Styrians.

Styria – the second largest province of Austria – has a population of approx. 1.2 million inhabitants and is centrally situated with close proximity to the developing markets of South East Europe, which total approx. 20 million people. With five universities, two universities of applied sciences, a broad range of R&D and competence centres and its own research institute called Joanneum Research, Styria is Austria’s premier engineering, science and research province.
Graz, the capital city of Styria, is an old university town and has a population of approx. 400,000 long-term residents (including greater Graz).

Our strengths:

  • dynamic and diverse economic environment with a mix of large multinational companies as well as innovative SMEs
  • three economic core competences: Mobility (automotive, rail, aviation), Health Tech (medtech, biotech, foodtech), Eco Tech (energy and environmental technologies, wood, pulp & paper)
  • high-level research and educational infrastructure
  • favourable tax conditions for headquarters and R&D-activities
  • attractive financial support programmes especially for R&D
  • highly qualified and motivated workforce and moderate labour cost
  • access to Graz International Airport and the CCG Cargo Center Graz – the most up-to-date cargo transport centre south of the Alps

Quality of Life

Live and work where others holiday

Styria is quiet and socially balanced in terms of its employees, with only three days of strikes in the last ten years representing the best statistic in Europe.

European champion of dynamic exports

With an annual export growth of more than 44 %, Styria has a proven track record in Europe. The leading companies in Styria’s core sectors in particular, have long since recognised Europe and the world as their market.

Stability and security for its residents

Styria is quiet and socially balanced in terms of its employees. With only three days of strikes in the last ten years representing the best statistic in Europe. In terms of security, 1,000 leading global managers give Austria, and its south-eastern province, top marks.

Why choose Styria?

The most qualified employees in Europe

Five universities (Karl-Franzens University of Graz, Medical University of Graz, Graz University of Technology, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Montanuniversität Leoben) with more than 50,000 students, internationally renowned universities of applied sciences (CAMPUS 02 University of Applied Sciences and University of Applied Sciences Joanneum) and countless research institutions (such as JOANNEUM RESEARCH) make Styria a hotbed of European talent. Finding specialists and key workers is therefore easy for companies, added to the fact that the density of qualified professionals is among the best anywhere in Europe and the engineer quota is the best in the EU.

Styrian core competences

The strength of the Styrian economy is based on the following fields of competence, which enjoy international success thanks to top industrial companies, training and research facilities and strategic cooperation between science and industry:

  • Mobility (automotive, rail, aviation)
  • Health Tech (medtech, biotech, foodtech)
  • Eco Tech (energy and environmental technologies, wood, pulp & paper)

Major companies such as Andritz AG – a solution provider for special industries all over the world from renewable energy to metalworking, AVL List GmbH – the world's leading independent engineering company for powertrain systems and Anton Paar GmbH – specialists in laboratory measuring devices, automation and robotics solutions are at the heart of Styria’s core sectors. Styria also boasts the award-winning Biobank Graz - one of the largest clinical biobanks in Europe.