For example, Vienna's Donau City, which is home to major global corporations as well as numerous UN organizations, is considered the heart of the HeadquarterCity. The United Nations has defined Vienna as one of its four official seats and is represented here with 15 of its organizations. OPEC (Petroleum Exporting Countries) and the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) also have their headquarters in the city.
In total, international organizations employ over 6,000 people in Vienna and have a budget of around €650 million. 1.200 multinational corporations, including JVC, Hewlett-Packard, Henkel, Beiersdorf, Boehringer Ingelheim and Siemens take advantage of Vienna as an ideal location for their Eastern European headquarters. Illustrious Austrian companies such as Wienerberger AG and OMV have also selected Vienna for the head offices of their groups.
The city’s high quality of life and safety are reasons why international companies and organizations choose Vienna as a location to do business. The multinational flair contributes to Vienna being highly regarded around the world by congress organizers and participants alike. More than 3,600 congresses and company events, which generated a total of 1.7 million overnight stays in 2015 alone, speak as clearly as the ranking of the ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association. In 2015, Vienna came in fourth place behind Berlin, Paris and Barcelona. In addition to good accessibility and top services for event organizers, CongressCity Wien provides attractive event venues such as the Imperial Palace, the Austria Center Vienna and Messe Wien.
Vienna's importance as a city of knowledge is another motive for many organizers to bring their conference to Vienna. With a research ratio of 3.5%, Vienna is one of the leading regions in the EU. 43,000 people are employed in the area of research and development. The number of research companies in the city has grown by over 300%(!) since 1998. And with 195,000 students, Vienna is the biggest university city in the German-speaking countries - with more students than Berlin or Munich. The new campus of the Vienna University of Economics and Business gives the Knowledge City of Vienna significant impulses and enriches locations such as the developing Neu Marx Research and Technology Center, the campus of Vienna University and Siemens City with a further knowledge hub.
The international character of the city is based on its openness to the world – which in turn finds its foothold in the multicultural composition of Vienna's population. A walk through one of Vienna's markets, such as Naschmarkt, illustrates this as clearly as a look at traditional Viennese cuisine, which encompasses dishes originating from all the countries of the former Danube monarchy and offers delicious proof of the city's cultural diversity. DiverCity Vienna is currently a home and place of employment for people from all parts of the world, around one third of Viennese were born outside Austria and almost half of the 1.8 million residents have a "migrant background" - in other words, either they themselves were born outside of Austria or have at least one parent who was born elsewhere.
Facts and Figures "International Vienna"
- Vienna is one of the four official seats of the United Nations and home to 15 UN organizations, IAEA and OPEC as well as 18 other international organizations – with around 6,000 employees and a total budget of €650 million
- 1.200 international corporations have their Eastern European headquarters in Vienna (incl. JVC, Henkel, Beiersdorf, Siemens) in addition to Austrian companies of global significance (e.g. Wienerberger AG, OMV)
- 175 international companies settled in Vienna in 2015
- Roughly 25,000 expatriates work in Vienna
- Locations: Donau City, Business Park Vienna, Danube Canal, Siemens City, Viertel 2
- 43% of all research activities in Austria take place in Vienna, research ratio (= expenditure on research and development) of Vienna: 3.5% - making the city one of the leading regions in the EU
- More than 43,000 people work in Vienna in the field of research
- 9 universities, 5 advanced technical colleges and 4 private universities
- 195,000 students, the largest university city in the German-speaking countries
- Vienna’s ratio of academics has grown from 16.4% to around 24% (2015) since 2004
- Vienna invests roughly €90 million in research and development every year
- Locations: Vienna University of Economics and Business campus, Neu Marx, University of Vienna campus, Siemens City
- Strategy “Innovative Vienna 2020", sets the tone for Vienna’s research, technology and innovation policy for the coming years (due for publication in 2015)
- 2014: After 8 consecutive years (2005-2012) in the top spot in the ranking of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), Vienna came in fourth place in 2015 after Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.
- 2015: more than 3,600 congresses and company events with around 1.7 million overnight stays (12% of the total volume), value creation generated: around
€1 billion; 19,000 jobs created by the Viennese congress industry
- Congress guest expenditure per head / night's stay: €534 ("normal" visitors to Vienna: approx. €250)
- Locations: Austria Center Vienna, Messe Wien, Hofburg
- Over 600,000 people of international origin (not from Austria) live in Vienna, around 230,000 from EU Member States (largest group from Germany: 46,800)
- Largest groups of origin: People from Serbia and Montenegro (84,300) as well as those of Turkish origin (67,000) (Status: 2015)
- Around one half of all Viennese have a migration background (either they themselves were born outside of Austria or have at least one parent who was not born in Austria)