Official name
Republic of Austria
Western Europe
ISO 3166-1


Graz is the capital of Styria and the second-largest city in Austria after Vienna. On 1 January 2018, it had a population of 325,021. In 2015, the population of the Graz larger urban zone who had principal residence status stood at 633,168.

Graz has a long tradition as seat of universities: its six universities have more than 44,000 students. Its historic centre is one of the best-preserved city centres in Central Europe.

In 2017, the City of Graz, Austria, began piloting an innovative clean public mobility system: the e-bus, an electric vehicle that uses capacitors instead of batteries to store energy. The e-buses are running in specific lines that are equipped with two 340 kW AC/DC fast charging stations (one at a terminal and one at an intermediate stop).

The GrowSmarter “lighthouse” programme was launched in January 2015 and it will be developed until December 2019. GrowSmarter received €25 million funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.