Wrocław and Warsaw ‘punching above their weight’ says report which ranks them as 15th and 20th Global Cities of the Future
Wrocław and Warsaw have made it into the top 25 in the latest Global Cities of the Future ranking, reflecting their business and economic appeal.
The Global Cities of the Future ranking published by fDi Intelligence, which offers services related to foreign direct investment, assesses cities around the world in terms of their economic, financial and business strengths.
Commenting on the global epidemiological context, fDi Intelligence wrote: “The Covid-19 pandemic has forced cities across the globe to redesign their strategies to make space for more resilience, sustainability and liveability at a time when budgets are shrinking.”
In the latest ranking, for 2021/2022, Warsaw came 20th, and the western city of Wrocław – which beat the capital, came 15th, ahead of Zurich, Toronto and Seoul, among others.
Warsaw was right in front of Chicago, Moscow and San Francisco in the ranking.
In addition, Wrocław, which has a population of around 640,000 people, was named the top overall city in the mid/small cities category.
Commenting on the results, fDi Intelligence noted the Polish cities’ strong performance in the ranking, writing that “Poland certainly appears to be punching above its weight”.
“Poland is upholding its reputation of having a well-educated workforce, coupled with good cost effectiveness,” it added.
fDi Intelligence also drew attention to how Poland has 14 Special Economic Zones, where investors can benefit from lower taxes and other forms of state aid.