Zurich is the leader in the category of mid-sized and smaller cities in the fdi Global Cities of the Future 2018/19. Published annually by fdi Intelligence, a service of the Financial Times, the ranking evaluates a city's ability to attract foreign direct investments.
Zurich’s first place ranking is due primarily to its human capital and lifestyle, as well as its good transport links to the world. It is again number two after Luxembourg with respect to economic potential and number four in terms of business climate, making it the best medium-sized city outside of the UK.
In the ranking of all cities, Zurich came in 13th place. Only megacities such as Shanghai, London and New York or major cities such as Singapore, San Francisco and Frankfurt ranked higher.
Geneva came in fourth place among mid-sized and smaller cities, just after Belfast and Luxembourg. While Geneva has the same strengths as Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city still comes ahead.