Amsterdam in top 5 European business cities
The European Cities Monitor 2011 has just been released and Amsterdam has made it into the top five for the first time. The Dutch capital rose from six to fourth place.
Cushman and Wakefield has surveyed Europe's major business cities since 1990; executives at 500 of the largest companies spread across nine European countries rate cities according to 12 factors. The survey provides corporations with an overview of the relative attractiveness of cities across Europe. London came out on top for the second year in a row. Paris was second and Frankfurt was rated third.
Even though Amsterdam scored lower in several areas this year, the city still jumped from sixth to fourth place overall. The improvement is partially due to the city's improved recognition as a business city but also due to the fact that other cities, including Brussels and Barcelona, lost points in several areas. Amsterdam improved its score in the living standards and environmental pollution categories and came third in the spoken languages category.
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