Catalonia and Barcelona lead the ranking of the most attractive regions and cities for foreign investment in Southern Europe

Catalonia ranks again as the most attractive region in Southern Europe in terms of foreign investment for 2018 and 2019. This is the result of the new fDi Magazine’s ranking, published by the economic newspaper Financial Times, of high international recognition.

The Catalan economic and human potential, together with its lifestyle, cost effectiveness, connectivity and business friendliness have led Catalonia to top the classification and to stand out among the other 450 regions and cities analysed in the report.

The publication also rewards the strategy developed by Catalonia to attract foreign investment and has placed it on the top of the ranking, ahead of other business areas like North-Rhine, Westphalia, Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna.

When it comes to cities, Barcelona keeps leading the global ranking, called European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/19 – FDI Strategy (Cities), followed by other urban centres like Amsterdam and Paris. The Catalan capital has been listed in first place for its compromise and high capacity of adaptation to new challenges.

This recognition and trust to the Catalan and Barcelona’s territory acknowledge the hard work of Barcelona City Council and, especially the efforts of Barcelona Activa, which organizes initiatives like the Bussiness Support Office and Barcelona International Community Day to attract investors, facilitate the landing of new companies and foreign entrepreneurs and support new projects and startups.

In recent years, the innovation and entrepreneurship model developed by Barcelona has been awarded in several occasions. For example, the European Commission deemed Barcelona’s promotion entrepreneurship efforts as one of the best practices in the world. The city was also rewarded with the best Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) in 2016, which values the quality of the services offered by the Economic Promotion Department of the city.