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Istanbul is the most consistently improved city across six leading indice since 2010

Posted on 05.11.2018

Although many of the most reliable indices witness a surprising degree of stability, it is clear that Singapore and Stockholm are among the major improvers in the upper echelons in the last two years. Singapore’s success story has taken on new dimensions as it overtakes Tokyo and Paris in a majority of leading indices for the first time. Itleads the Asian charge in higher education, mobility, science, broadband and technology platform indices, and is the world ‘number one’ city for business friendliness. The city’s brand rankings also indicate it is beginning to lose its reputation for a lack of vibrancy among expats and tourists.

Likewise, Stockholm’s consistency across growth, knowledge and quality dimensions has seen it steadily improve its position, especially within Europe. The Swedish capital is now not only among the world’s best for governance, urban planning and sustainability, but also displays strong cluster effects. Unusually among its peers, both its ICT and manufacturing sectors have grown their GVA by around 25% since 2008.4

Big movers

While there has broadly been stability at the top of the global indices, further down has seen high levels of flux inthe past three years, as cities readjust to the geography of global opportunity. Across six leading indices covering everything from financial services to city image,Istanbul is the most consistently improved over the recent time frame. In particular it has cemented its status as a diversified onshore provider of financial services, and haregularly overtaken medium-sized established cities owing to its scale and gateway functions. Other cities to show marked progress since 2010 include Mumbai, Seoul and Dubai.

Top five most improving cities since 2010 across six indices