Styria is Austria’s second largest province with a population of 1.2 million. It is well known for its progressive labor laws, which set high standards that guarantee both job security and health care.
Styria is not only a source of fulfilling jobs, but also a great place to live. Its diverse landscape ranges from mountains in the north to vineyards in the south.
Styria is also a great place to raise a family. The region offers seemingly endless possibilities and opportunities for providing a family friendly environment.
Innovation and Global Leadership in Styria
Styria leads Austria in innovation, shown by the outstanding performance of our export industries, which have experienced dynamic growth.
With an R&D share of 4.9 %, Styria has been outperforming EU targets for many years. This is primarily due to our exceptional training and research facilities and our unique entrepreneurial spirit. These opportunities can provide you with experience in Styria’s innovative and competitive companies, many of which are leaders worldwide.
Between Styria’s many companies and its 7 universities, more than 50% of Austria’s technical science research is conducted here. Additionally, Styria produces approximately one fifth of Austria’s research in medicine and the natural sciences.
With exports accounting for more than 50% of Styria’s GDP, the providence’s strong international networks and competitive, globalized industry is apparent.
While Styria is well known for its automotive industry, fields such as renewable energy, waste management, pharmaceuticals and information technology are also highly developed.
Styria has a thriving cultural and intellectual scene. In 2003, the Styrian capital, Graz, was the Cultural capital of Europe and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Graz is also home to four universities, two universities of applied sciences, and over 40,000 students. Additionally, Graz hosts many cultural events and festivals. The spirit and ingenuity of Styria is reflected in such outstanding Styrians as Arnold Schwaryenegger (former governer of California), Didi Mateschitz (inventor of Red Bull), and Thomas Muster (former tennis champion).
The Austrian climate is quite pleasant—Styrian summers are warm and long, with temperatures of up to 30-35 degrees Celsius, whereas winter temperatures allow for snow and excellent skiing.