Edinburgh and Glasgow are Europe’s top large “cities of the future”


fDI Intelligence (a subsidiary of the Financial Times) has ranked all of Europe’s cities on their potential to capture future investment and expansion projects.

Edinburgh and Glasgow topped the list of “large” European cities, those with a population of between 500,000 and one million, beating Amsterdam, Oslo and Helsinki.

While London remains their “European City of the Future” 2012/13. The Greater Stockholm region has overtaken the South East of England to become the “European Region of the Future”.

Among all European cities, Dublin was ranked 8th, Edinburgh 11th, Glasgow 14th and Dundee 25th.

According to the Press Association, Edinburgh was the only large city in the UK to make the top ten for economic potential and came sixth in the human resources category just ahead of Glasgow. It also has the eighth-best quality of life of all large cities in Europe, with Oslo topping the list.

Courtney Fingar, editor of fDi Magazine, said: “fDi’s rankings reveal the cities and regions that stand the best chance of capturing future investment and expansion projects by multinational companies, something that will become even more important should Europe and the world head into recession.”