Lower Austria is a dynamic economic area with solid economic growth, often performing above the Austrian average.

Over the past decades Lower Austria has developed from an agricultural region to an internationally recognised economic hotspot. The province has a diversified business structure with a high proportion of SMEs. Lower Austria is also home to important road, rail and waterway transport axes and the Vienna-Schwechat airport.  

The economic performance of Lower Austria 

Gross domestic product/gross regional product

The development of the gross regional product of Lower Austria in the years 2017 to 2019 was again above the Austrian average. Overall, according to preliminary estimates, the gross regional product in Lower Austria grew by 1.7 per cent in 2019. An increase of 1.2 per cent is predicted for 2020.

Growth rates of the real Gross Value Added and the real GDP
(Changes in comparison with the previous year, in %)

20172018* 2019* 2020**2021** 
GRP/GDP (Gross Regional Product/Gross Domestic Product)   
Gross Regional Product Lower Austria (Economica/IHS)+2,8+3,2 +1,7+1,2-2,7
Gross Domestic Product Austria (IHS)          +2,5+2,4 +1,6 +1,3-2,9 

Gross Domestic Product Austria (WIFO)

+2,5+2,4 +1,6 +1,2-2,5 
GVA (Gross Value Added)   

Economic Sectors Lower Austria (Economia/HIS)

+2,9+3,4 +1,8 +1,3-2,7 

Economic Sectors Austria (Statistic Austria and WIFO)

+2,6+2,6 +1,7 +1,3-2,4

*2018 & 2019: estimated value (without agriculture and forestry)
**2020 & 2021: prediction 
Source: Wirtschaftsbericht NÖ 2019 - Statistik Austria, Economica/IHS, WIFO

Share of value added in the economic sectors

The three largest economic sectors in Lower Austria, measured by their share in gross value added, will together account for 50.7% of Lower Austria's gross value added in 2018. These sectors are "Manufacturing, Mining, Production of Material assets" (21.0 %), "Public Administration, Health Care" (16.9 %) and "Trade" (12.8 %). The economic structure in Austria is very similar.

Chart of the Lower Austrian economic performance

Further information about the economic performance of Lower Austria can be found in the “Economic report of Lower Austria 2019” (Wirtschaftsbericht Niederösterreich 2019). 

Economic Department of the Province of Lower Austria 

The Economic Department of the Province of Lower Austria serves

  • to enhance the competitiveness of the Lower Austrian economy,
  • to continuously make Lower Austria more attractive as a business location,
  • and to support Lower Austrian companies in their foundation, development and further development through financial assistance, location management, technology and innovation management, consulting services and location and tourism marketing.

The economic department includes in particular


Lower Austrian Economic Strategy 2025

The Lower Austrian Economic Strategy 2025 focuses on new, creative solutions and innovation, and also brings ecological and social challenges to the fore and promotes high-quality products and services. Four principles of action, four core strategies and a bundle of instruments form the basis of the Economic Strategy.

The Strategy serves to align all instruments, actions and measures of the organisational units of the Economic Department of the Province of Lower Austria in order to strengthen the economic location, to support further development and attract companies. It also serves as a template for the numerous cooperative projects with intermediaries, for example the Technology and Innovation Partners (TIP) with the Chamber of Commerce of Lower Austria or the industrial policy action program with the Federation of Austrian Industry Lower Austria.



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