February 15, 2016
The Hague wins fDi Euro Cities & Regions of the Future 2016/17
The Financial Times ranks The Hague as the number one mid-sized city in Europe in the category connectivity. Overall, The Hague is ranked in the Top-10 European cities when it comes to economic, business and financial strengths. Last week, a ceremony will be held in Cannes where the winners will receive their awards. From now on, The Hague can officially say it’s ready for the future. Data has proven it.
The intelligence division of the Financial Times fDi has ranked European cities based on their preparedness for the future. Data was collected for 481 locations (cities, regions and lager urban zones) under five categories: Economic Potential, Labour Environment, Cost Effectiveness, Infrastructure and Business Friendliness.
Locations could score up to a maximum of 10 points each category. The final scores resulted in the shortlist for “fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17”, the most recent biannual publication of fDi’s shortlist. The Hague is winner of the subcategory Connectivity. In the overall ranking The Hague ended up in the Top-10. Data points in the category Connectivity concerned digital connectivity such as upload and download speed, but also physical connectivity such as the number of (air)ports near the city and the physical infrastructure.
“The city of The Hague is proud to be ranked Winner connectivity in the fDi top-10 Cities of the Future. In our international city of peace and justice, tens of thousands of people are working every day to tackle complex global challenges of the future. The Hague counts numerous international companies and organizations’ and a growing number of innovative start-ups. An excellent connective environment is indispensable. This recognition by fDi encourages us to further investigate in our business climate”, says deputy mayor Karsten Klein (Economic affairs).