Zurich – smartest European city

The Top 10 smartest cities in 2019 are: Singapore (1st), Zurich (2nd), Oslo (3rd), Geneva (4th), Copenhagen (5th), Auckland (6th), Taipei City (7th), Helsinki (8th), Bilbao (9th) and Dusseldorf (10th)

The Swiss city of Zurich has ranked second after Singapore in the list of the “smart cities and is smartest European city, according to a study by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne.


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IMD Smart City Index 2019 uniquely focuses on how citizens perceive the scope and impact of efforts to make their cities ‘smart’, balancing “economic and technological aspects” with “humane dimensions”.

As a measure for the evaluation is used according to the attitude and attitude of the residents. For example, the question of how “smartly” economic and technological aspects in the city would be balanced with “human dimensions” was said. The Communication mentions, for example, sustainability and inclusion, and points out that human development should be the focus of attention, not technology.

Examples of positive examples in Zurich, smartest European city,  include public transport or access to culture or medicine. In Oslo, the quality of the circular economy, e-voting or the Velopolitik are called. In Singapore, on the other hand, the focus is on the safety and monitoring of air quality or traffic.

Smart cities are growing and blossoming in all parts of the world. Economic realities cannot be ignored: cities in poorer countries face disadvantages, which will require specific actions to correct along the path towards smartness,” stated Professor Arturo Bris, Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center.


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