Linz, European Capital of Culture 2009

In 2009, Linz is the European Capital of Culture and a host within Europe.

The capital of the Province of Upper Austria is situated astride the Danube. With a population of 190,000, Linz is Austria's third largest city and links the Mühlviertel region that stretches north to the Czech border with the rolling hills that extend to the Austrian Alps in the south. The Linz Metropolitan Area is the hub of a thriving regional economy; the number of jobs in Linz exceeds the city's population. Here, technology, industry and high ecological standards are no contradiction: Linz is one of Austria's most environmentally-friendly communities with green spaces making up 60% of the city. Linking up industry, culture and nature will play an essential role in the Linz09 programme.

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