Upper Austria is the country’s most dynamic business region and the Austria’s leading federal province in terms of exports, industries and competitiveness. Its favorable location, excellent infrastructure and high quality of both life and leisure have turned Upper Austria into an attractive business location for qualified personnel and companies.
Strong business location with high quality of life
About one fourth of Austria’s industrial production as well as exports come from Upper Austria. This rate places the federal province clearly on the top of all Austrian regions. The country’s industrial leader is characterized by powerful dynamics and economic stability. Such competitive strength of both the region and its companies has also resulted in a strong job growth and low unemployment.
There are several factors contributing to the excellent economic and job market data in both national and international comparison. The most important ones are the following:
High personnel qualification and motivation
A “healthy” mix of balanced economic structure according to industries and company size with a multitude of innovative, flexible and, therefore, highly competitive enterprises
Innovative strength and flexibility of the enterprises
Moreover, Upper Austria benefits from its central location in Austria and its close proximity to Germany and the Czech Republic. Its top position a business location in Central Europe is also based on Upper Austria’s advantages in logistics with an advanced transport infrastructure featuring a sophisticated combination of road, rail and waterways.
Aside from such perfect conditions for economic success, Upper Austria is also a region in with lots of pleasant lifestyle aces up its sleeve. It is justly famous for the beauty of its surroundings as exemplified by the lakes of the Salzkammergut, the rolling hills of the Mühlviertel and the riverscapes along the Danube. And as if this was not enough, Upper Austria is home to a highly diverse arts and cultural scene.
Education & Research
The region’s educational opportunities are renowned across its borders with close ties between institutions and businesses.
Universities of Applied Sciences:
Campus Linz - Health and Social Actions
Campus Hagenberg - Information Technology, Communication, Media
Campus Wels - Technology, Life Sciences
Campus Steyr - Management
Cluster- and Network Initiatives
An important aspect of Upper Austria’s cluster policy is the ongoing expansion of existing areas of economic and technological strength. This is designed to strengthen the innovativeness of companies, especially on the basis of close collaboration. For this purpose, several cluster and network initiatives have been set up since 1998. (Areas of strength, focal points: automobile industry, plastics, furniture and wood construction, eco-energy, food, health technology, mechatronics, environmental technology, information technology, human resources, resource and energy efficiency).