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Lower Austria as Business Location
At the center of the new Europe.
Lower Austria – Austria's biggest province – is among today's top European business locations. Its geographic location alone is a bonus: Vienna at its center and the high-growth markets of Central and Eastern Europe at its doorstep. Thanks to its political stability, dynamic growth, openness to investment, and the absence of bureaucratic red tape, Lower Austria is the land of ideas and their realization.
Representative economic data shows that Lower Austria has above average growth. More companies are being founded in or moving to Lower Austria, especially international companies. Innovative strategies for up-and-coming sectors, significant investment in state-of-the-art education and transportation infrastructure, and excellent business parameters are guiding Lower Austria toward a future with the highest quality of life.
Facts & Figures in Brief:
- Area: 19,177 km² (just over 7,400 square miles), making Lower Austria the largest province in Austria
- Population: 1.6 million
- Provincial capital: St Pölten (since 1986)
- Government: 21 political districts, 4 statutory cities, 573 municipalities
- Regions: Industrial Region, Central Lower Austria, Western Lower Austria (also called "Mostviertel"), Waldviertel (literally, "forest region"), Weinviertel ("wine region")
Politics: provincial government has 9 members (6 ÖVP/ Austrian People's Party, 2 SPÖ/ Social Democratic Party, 1 FPÖ/ Freedom Party); provincial parliament has 56 members (31 ÖVP/ Austrian People's Party, 15 SPÖ/ Social Democratic Party, 6 FPÖ/ Freedom Party, 4 GRÜNE/Greens)
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