Rotterdam scores high position in fDi Intelligence ‘Cities of the Future 2020/21’ ranking with 1st place in Connectivity


Rotterdam ranks 16th globally in the Tier 2 Cities of the Future 2020/21 ranking by fDi Intelligence, making it the highest ranking Benelux city. Rotterdam even occupies first spot globally in the Connectivity ranking, which measures the city's connectedness by land, air, sea and the internet.

Rotterdam’s strategy for attracting foreign investments focuses on key economic sectors: Maritime & Offshore, Agri & Food, Clean Tech, Life Sciences & Health, Logistics and Innovation. The city’s success in attracting direct foreign investment is the result of solid, intensive collaboration between national and local authorities, the business community, the international education sector, and regional service providers like relocators, notaries, lawyers, estate agents and accountants. In recent years, such advantages as good accessibility and both physical (within the city and through connections to the Dutch and European hinterland) and digital connectivity, a wide range of offices at affordable prices, an international city that values quick and decisive action, and the multilingual workforce have been key factors in helping international investors to come to Rotterdam and remain there. The city’s housing options and liveability also have a positive impact when deciding whether to base business operations in Rotterdam.

About fDi Intelligence and the Cities of the Future ranking

fDi Intelligence is the Financial Times’ specialist service for global investment professionals and institutions, providing data and insight to over 15,000 decision makers in the field from over 120 countries. The Tier 2 Cities of the Future ranking recognises second cities and other major non-capital civic jurisdictions that excel in a spectrum of categories around economic, social, educational and technological characteristics. Together these build into a picture of the best non-capitals around the world for inward greenfield investment. fDi Intelligence ranked 116 cities according to Economic Potential, Human Capital & Lifestyle, Cost Effectiveness, Connectivity and Business Friendliness, as well as by a sixth category around broad FDI Strategy; all of this built into an overall Top 25 leaderboard.

View / download the fDi Intelligence Cities of the Future ranking here

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