Strong Business Location

Upper Austria is the nation’s most dynamic economic region and leads the way with its exports and industrial output. Due to the favourable geographical position, excellent infrastructure and high quality of both life and leisure, Upper Austria is attractive to specialists and companies.

Around a quarter of Austrian industrial production and exports derive from Upper Austria, which makes it the leader among the nine federal states.

Austria’s leading industrial region is characterized by high levels of dynamism and economic stability. The powerful employment growth and low levels of unemployment are the result of the competitive strengths of the region and its companies.

Business Location of Upper Austria

Compared internationally, Upper Austria's favorable economic and labor market ratings derive from a number of factors, of which the following are the most important:

  • High levels of employee qualifications and motivation
  • An economic structure with a healthy blend of branches and company dimensions with a wealth of innovative and flexible companies, which are thus highly competitive
  • Corporate strengths with regard to innovation and flexibility

Many of these companies have focused on market niches and are among Europe’s leaders with regard to market share and technology.

1.412.640 inhabitants (1)  
  • 16,8 % of the Austrian population (2)
  • third largest federal state
(1) Statistics Land Oberösterreich, 2012
(2) Statistics Austria, 2011

Upper Austria is Austria’s economic motor. It is the federal province with the largest export quota, with every fourth euro spent being used for the production of goods and services, which are destined for other countries. The unemployment rate indicates virtually full employment. With the economic growth higher than any other of Austria’s federal provinces, Upper Austria numbers are among the most prosperous of the areas within the EU.

Furthermore to this, it should be noted that Upper Austria's ideal economic location is due to:

  • a future-oriented educational system with excellent universities and advanced technical college
  • internal and external security
  • an outstanding infrastructure
  • a social system with a solid foundation
  • high qualifications and commitment of the local workforce
  • an efficient administrative organization with short procedural periods
  • high quality of life for workers due to the attractive cultural environment

Upper Austria

As % of Austria overall

Inhabitants (1)



Area in km²



Workforce (2)



Industrial quota in % (3)



Production value (industrial) in EUR bn (4)



Exports (industrial) in EUR bn (4)



(1) Statistic Land Oberösterreich 2012
(2) Association of Social Security Funds 2012
(3) Special evaluation of Statistik Austria, commissioned by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce
(4) Austrian Chamber of Commerce INHOUSE 2010 (preliminary values)  



Upper Austria

as % of Austria overall  

Unemployment (2014)



Unemployment rate (2014)



Unemployment rate age 15-24 (January 2014)



18 political districts
  • 444 municipalities
  • 3 statutory districts (Linz, Steyr, Wels)
Upper Austria has a population of 1,376,607 and with an area of 11,982 sq km, it is Austria’s fourth largest federal province. Upper Austria’s central zone is home to 529,071 people (38 percent of the provincial population) and 51 percent of the region’s economic capacity and jobs are concentrated in this area.

Upper Austria is structured into 18 political districts, three of which, Linz-Stadt, Steyr-Stadt und Wels-Stadt, are so-called “statutory cities."

Upper Austria borders on Bavaria in Germany, the Czech Republic and the Austrian federal provinces of Lower Austria, Styria and Salzburg.

  • 12.000 km²
  • 14.3% of the national territory
  • Fourth largest federal state
  • Rivers: Danube, Inn, Enns, Traun, Steyr
  • Machinery (9,2 Mrd),
  • Automobile (3,2 Mrd.) sowie
  • Iron & Steel (3 Mrd).

Upper Austria at a glance

With the West Autobahn (A1), the Mühlkreis (A7), the Innkreis (A8), Pyhrn Autobahn, the main rail lines (Westbahn), three Danube ports, and large rail terminals, Upper Austria possesses an outstanding transport structure. This is subject to a major, on-going improvement process. In combination with the state’s central location in Austria, the shared frontiers with Bavaria and Czech Republic, this infrastructure makes Upper Austria an interesting production and logistics location.

Lage und Infrastruktur

Upper Austria profits from its central position within Austria and its immediate proximity to Germany and the Czech Republic. An excellent transport infrastructure with a combination of roads, railways and waterways also make Upper Austria a top Central European location from a logistics perspective.

Geographically speaking, Upper Austria:

  • lies east of Bavaria and south of the Czech Republic 
  • offers access to the new markets of Eastern Europe
  • is located on the West-East axis from Paris to Budapest and on the North-South axis from Malmo to Trieste
  • is situated in the middle of the  Rhine-Main-Danube route, which provides a tourism and transport link between north-western and south-eastern Europe.


  • Paris-Munich-Linz-Vienna link with connections to Bratislava, Budapest, Belgrade, Bucharest
  • Brussels-Cologne-Frankfurt-Passau-Linz-Vienna link with connections in an easterly and southerly direction
  • Following the expected enlargement of the Prague-Ceské Budejowice-Linz line, it can be anticipated that the Linz-Graz link will assume a trans-European role.


  • A 1 (E 60), the West autobahn, is a link to the Austrian capital of Vienna (Schwechat Airport) as well as to Western Europe, as well as an important transit route to the East
  • A 7 (E 55), the Mühlkreis autobahn, is a link to the Czech Republic
  • A 8 (E 56), the Innkreis autobahn, is a link to Western Europe and, above all, a rapid connection to the major Munich-Erding airport
  • A 9 (E 57), the Pyhrn autobahn, is a link in a southerly direction and an international transit route to Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, etc.


  • Efficient shipping links to Western Europe and the North Sea ports via the Rhine-Main-Danube canal
  • Upper Austria has efficient Danube ports in Linz and Enns-Ennsdorf, as well as a goods handling facility in Aschach

Air travel

The modern airport (Linz/Hörsching) offers daily flights to major European cities and connections to major hubs such as Vienna, Frankfurt, and Dusseldorf. This means that Upper Austria is integrated into the global flight network. 

In addition, Upper Austria is not only a federal state that offers the ideal conditions for economic success, but is also a region in which one can feel at home and where a pleasant lifestyle can be enjoyed. Upper Austria 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 of the Danube.

Upper Austria is a charming, lively, but safe place to visit and live. It is precisely these attributes that guests appreciate about Upper Austria when comparing it  internationally.

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Upper Austria offers several types of activities, which help fuel the tourism market. Namely the promotion of activities such as swimming/bathing, walking, cycling, wellness spas, and enjoyment of the culture and nature are the main focal points. In addition, the tourism and leisure industry also represents an extremely important factor for successful, domestic enterprises.

This easy accessibility to leisure activities is an added bonus for businesses and its employees. The extensive range of possibilities available within Upper Austria (e.g. wellness, cultural or sporting) allow for happy, healthy and motivated employees that positively contribute to the company. 

Destinations and leisure time activities

High environmental standards, a modern and efficient educational system, excellent medical services with modern hospitals, a varied cultural and culinary range, sport and leisure possibilities within short distances, and a degree of  personal and property safety that is virtually unsurpassed, mean that Upper Austria has one of the highest levels of quality of life of any of the EU regions.

Upper Austria is the leading federal state with regard to vocational training. With a 17% share of the population, Upper Austria trains 21% of the country’s apprentices.

Population of over 15 according to
highest level of completed education

in %

Compulsory schooling




Vocational school


Secondary school (general and vocational)


University, Polytechnic


STATISTIK AUSTRIA, 2012. established on 2014, September 26

Upper Austria has a range of educational institutions, which boast both a supra-regional reputation and close contacts with the business industry. With its 4 faculties, the Johannes Kepler University of Linz offers over 12,000 students a range of studies in both technical and natural sciences, law, social and economic science, and medicine. At the Linz University of Art and Industrial Design, the four institutes of Spatial & Design Strategies, Fine Art, Media, and Art & Design allow students to study the various disciplines without boundries on their studies. Artistic and pedagogic studies in music, acting and dance are provided by the former Bruckner Conservatory, which is now a private university. Since gaining university status in the year 2000, the Catholic-Theological Private University in Linz has been another option for students in the Upper Austrian area.

Linz, Wels, Steyr and Hagenberg are the locations of Upper Austria’s University of Applied Sciences. An interim balance shows that these institutions have achieved a decade of success in the areas of engineering, computer security, social services, automation technology and business management.

In addition, the institutions within the tertiary sector, such as the Wirtschaftsförderungsinstitut (WiFi), the Berufsförderungsinstitut (bfi), as well as numerous, individual inter-university study courses, should not be forgotten.

  • Universities

Johannes Kepler University Linz
University of Art and Industrial Design
Catholic-Theological Private University
Bruckner Conservatory

  •  University of Applied Sciences

Study programmes of the University of Applied Sciences
FH Hagenberg

FH Wels

FH Steyr

FH Linz

  • LIMAK Austrian Business School GmbH

LIMAK Austrian Business School GmbH
The LIMAK Austrian Business School is Austria’s first business school and for the past twenty years has enjoyed recognition as a specialist body for the postgraduate education of managerial personnel. The School is closely linked to industry and commerce and focuses on management and leadership programs (from intensive courses to Executive MBAs), as well as tailor-made management development. 

As a result of a merger of the postgraduate management programs of the LIMAK, the Johannes Kepler University Linz and the Upper Austria University of Applied Science, and a concentration of their shared strengths in a single, high-powered institution, we are able to develop further and thus ensure the steady upgrading of the educational quality offered.


LH Pühringer

Dr. Josef Pühringer (ÖVP)
(c) Land OÖ


 2 Deputy Governors

Franz Hiesl (ÖVP)
Ing. Reinhold Entholzer (SPÖ)

6 Landesräte/ -innen

Landesrat Rudolf Anschober (GRÜNE)
Landesrat Dr. Manfred Haimbuchner (FPÖ)
Landesrat Max Hiegelsberger (ÖVP)
Landesrätin Mag. Doris Hummer (ÖVP)
Landesrätin Mag. Gertraud Jahn (SPÖ)
Landesrat Dr. Michael Strugl MBA (ÖVP)

The Upper Austrian government

The Upper Austrian parliament elects the provincial government, which is the highest executive body in the state. The government carries out the provincial laws and administers Upper Austria’s finances. It consists of nine members and is headed by the governor. The government members meet at a private session once a week.

The Upper Austrian parliament, the state’s legislative body

Upper Austria currently has a population of around 1.4 million. Every six years the inhabitants vote in provincial elections in order to decide which parties will delegate the 56 members of the provincial parliament.

The last provincial election on September 27, 2009, resulted in the following distribution of seats:


ÖVP = People’s Party


SPÖ = Social Democrats


GRÜNE = The Greens





The 56 parliamentarians come from all areas of Upper Austria and every social stratum. During their period in office, they are not bound to a specific assignment. As a rule, the parliament meets once a month in the “Landhaus” in Linz for a public sitting. In the weeks between these public sittings, meetings of the various parliamentary committees are held.

As the highest legislative body in Upper Austria, the parliament provides the framework for the development of the state. Through the budget, it determines the financial scope of the activities of the government and ensures independent control of governmental activities.

The 56 parliamentary members are elected every 6 years. Their main tasks include:

  • Election of the governor, the two deputy governors and the 6 government members
  • Questions to the members of the government
  • Approval of the budget

The city of Linz offers visitors and internationals a blend of traditional and modern activities, which include everything from prehistoric finds from the Hallstatt period, to innovative art. Linz has influenced the entire province through its transition from a steel city into a center for technology and the arts, and now boasts a remarkable cultural scene. Some noteable attractions include the 'Landestheater' with its four stages, the 'Brucknerhaus', the 'Posthof' which acts as the center of contemporary arts, as well as the 'Pflasterspektakel' street entertainment festival.

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The annual Bruckner Festival, which celebrates the life and work of the Upper Austrian composer, also enjoys an international reputation.

The Ars Electronica is regarded as the special highlight of the year. This is a festival for the arts, technology and society, at which the Prix Ars Electronica is awarded for outstanding achievements in the area of the media arts.

The Ars Electronica Center (AEC) in Linz provides a permanent location for the meeting of  research in artistic and economic expertise. This "Museum of the Future" has inspired many internationally with its innovation in a variety of new media.