Lisbon and Oporto top cities for foreign investors

Lisbon and Oporto have been placed second and third in a list containing the most attractive cities for foreign investment.

Lisbon and Porto top cities for investorsOverall for Europe, the Portuguese capital was placed 22nd while London has retained its position as FDI’s European City of the Future 2014/15.

Germany’s Nordrhein-Westfalen has sailed to the top to rank first among Europe’s regions.

London ranked first place in the Economic Potential category for major European cities, thanks to its vast and growing market and its significant FDI attraction – particularly in the software and IT, business services, and financial services sectors. The city also ranked second in the Infrastructure category, in part due to its forthcoming Crossrail project – the largest civil engineering project in Europe – which will provide accessible, frequent and convenient rail transportation for citizens, linking Heathrow airport, the West End of the city, the financial City of London, Canary Wharf, Kent and Essex. London is also showing a clear strategy for attracting FDI.

For European Regions of the Future, Nordrhein-Westfalen ranked first, rising six places from the previous ranking in 2012/13. The region ranked third of all European regions for Economic Potential, due to its high GDP, its inflation rate of 2.5% and its high levels of FDI. It also performed well among large European regions in the Human Capital and Lifestyle, and Infrastructure categories, ranking second and fifth in these categories, respectively.

On the list of top cities to invest in Europe, London is followed by Helsinki (Finland), Eindhoven (Netherlands), Cambridge (UK), Dublin (Ireland), Munich (Germany), Barcelona (Spain), Berlin (Germany), Amsterdam (Netherlands), while Reading (UK) completes the top ten, with Lisbon placed in 22nd.

In southern Europe, Barcelona topped the list, followed by Lisbon and Oporto. The remainder of the top ten is dominated by Spanish cities Bilbao, Valencia, Madrid Spain, Murcia, Seville and Malaga.

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