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21/02/2014

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Bilbao comes in the fourth place of the most attractive cities for foreign investments

The prestigious economic newspaper Financial Times has placed Bilbao as the fourth city in Southern Europe in a ranking established to measure the interest of foreign direct investment in these cities. In the whole continent, Bilbao ranks ninth among medium-sized cities (200,000 to 750,000).

Both results show that Bilbao is among the first cities in Europe to attract business and investment opportunities. The ranking, biannual and called ‘European Cities and Regions of the Future 2014/2015′, is published in the journal ‘fDi (Foreign Direct Invesment)’ in the Financial Times.

The report also recognizes the strategies pursued by the cities to attract foreign investment. Here, Bilbao has also achieved the fourth place among the cities of southern Europe, which means it is among the first cities of the continent regarding the development of strategies to attract investment. Within this section, Bilbao is placed seventh among all European medium-sized cities.

TOP 10 SOUTHERN EUROPE CITIES. OVERALL RANKING
1.- Barcelona
2.- Lisbon, Portugal
3.- Porto, Portugal
4.- Bilbao
5.- Valencia
6.- Madrid
7.- Murcia
8.- Skopje, Macedonia
9.- Sevilla
10.- Malaga

TOP 10 MEDIUM-SIZED EUROPEAN CITIES. OVERALL RANKING
1.- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2.- Lyon, France
3.- Liverpool, United Kingdom
4.- Antwerp, Belgium
5.- Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
6.- Coventry, United Kingdom
7.- Sheffield, United Kingdom
8.- Porto, Portugal
9.- Bilbao
10.- Zurich, Switzerland

TOP 10 SOUTHERN EUROPE CITIES. FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT STRATEGIES.
1.- Barcelona
2.- Lisbon, Portugal
3.- Porto, Portugal
4.- Bilbao
5.- Skopje, Macedonia
6.- Murcia
7.- Valencia
8.- Malaga
9.- Sevilla
10.- Lendava, Slovenia

TOP 10 MEDIUM-SIZED EUROPEAN CITIES. FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT STRATEGIES.
1.- Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2.- Liverpool, United Kingdom
3.- Lyon, France
4.- Sheffield, United Kingdom
5.- Porto, Portugal
6.- Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
7.- Bilbao
8.-Antwerp, Belgium
9.- Ostrava, Czech Republic
10.- Doncaster, United Kingdom