26.02.2014

fDi ranks Helsinki second in “Top 25 European cities”

Intelligence division of the Financial Times praises Helsinki’s efforts to attract foreign direct investment.

Helsinki is placed second overall in the “Top 25 European cities” of fDi’s “European City of the Future 2014/15” rankings. The fDi intelligence division of the Financial Times is the largest foreign direct investment centre of excellence globally. Data was collected by fDi for 468 locations, both cities and regions, in five catego¬ries: Economic Potential, Human Capital and Life¬style, Cost Effectiveness, Infrastructure and Busi¬ness Friendliness.

According to fDi, Helsinki has been receiving increased attention for its efforts to attract foreign direct investment and scored particularly well for FDI Strategy. The city highlighted its focus on three key areas to promote investment: “Research, development and innovation growth capital and hi-tech start-ups and transnational functions, such as sea and air links.”

Recognition for Espoo, Vantaa and Kainuu

The Finnish cities of Espoo and Vantaa also score well in the fDi rankings. Espoo is placed fifth and Vantaa seventh in the rankings for “Top 10 Northern European cities excluding UK and Ireland”.

Espoo is also placed fourth in the fDi’s rankings for “Top 10 Small European Cities – Economic Potential”, and Vantaa is placed third in the rankings for “Top 10 Small European Cities – Infrastructure” category. The Kainuu region in northern Finland is placed seventh in the rankings for “Northern European Regions – FDI Strategy”.

Source: fDi