Thessaloniki, situated in northern Greece, is the country’s second largest city. Home to the country’s second-largest export and transit port, it is also the closest European Union port to the Balkans and the 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 its four public academic institutions, several private colleges and numerous vocational training colleges. Having successfully grown its tourism sector, Thessaloniki is now looking to draw on the lessons learned to promote positive spillovers into other local industries, regenerate the urban economy and attract investments that promote sustainable growth.
The Municipality of Thessaloniki is committed to the city’s transformation into an integrated, open and participatory space, through the uptake and effective use of information and communication technology (ICT). Creating an interconnected city for everyone through data, enhancing citizen participation and increasing digital innovation are just a few of the objectives that the city aims to achieve through its participation in the ICC.