Situated in northern Greece, Thessaloniki is Greece’s second largest city, home to the country’s second largest export and transit port, and the nearest European Union port to the Balkans and Black Sea zone. Thessaloniki also has the largest youth population of any city in Greece, thanks to its wealth of academic institutions and vibrant nightlife.

The city hosts approximately 150,000 students each year through four public academic institutions, several private colleges, and numerous vocational training colleges. Having increased the number of international tourists by 30%, overnight stays by 110%, and international flights by 15% since 2009, Thessaloniki is now looking to draw on the lessons learned in developing its tourism sector to grow other local industries, regenerate the urban economy, and attract investments that promote sustainable growth.

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The basic strategic objective of the Municipality of Thessaloniki is the transformation of the city into an integrated, open and participatory platform, through the effective use of ICT. This means an interconnected city for everyone, that uses data, is participatory and supports digital innovation.