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Rotterdam is Europe’s leading city in terms of connectivity

Rotterdam made it into the top ten large cities in Europe that have the best investment climate. On the Foreign Direct Investment Index, the authoritative fDi Index compiled by The Financial Times, Rotterdam occupies a shining ninth place among the ‘Large European Cities of the Future 2016/17’. The city’s FDI strategy is highly acclaimed. Rotterdam even achieved Europe’s best score on ‘connectivity’ in its category.

The fDi Index is a biannual ranking by fD Intelligence, published by the Financial Times. It ranks the cities that offer the best prospects for foreign investment, economic development and corporate expansion. Factors taken into account include the FDI strategy, infrastructure and economic potential. Rotterdam ranks number one in Europe in connectivity thanks to its seaport, airport, high-quality infrastructure, connections to the rest of the world, and ICT infrastructure.

World-class shipyards

Tiziano Zarbo is Senior Vice President at Global Vessel & Asset EMAS AMC and agrees that the success is partly due to the good infrastructure in the city and the activity in the port of Rotterdam. "We have chosen Rotterdam because of its location, the excellent logistic infrastructure, the strong presence of industries related with shipping and Oil & Gas, the presence of world-class shipyards, the large reservoir of highly qualified professional manpower."

On the right track
The good result and positive feeling among entrepreneurs, makes Rotterdam alderman Maarten Struijvenberg very enthusiastic. “It’s a fantastic acknowledgement of all the efforts our city made to establish an appealing investment climate,” says Maarten Struijvenberg, Alderman for the Economy and Employment. “Rotterdam is a popular location for foreign entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The business climate and the rapidly developing innovation ecosystem in Rotterdam are attracting an accelerating influx of foreign investments and innovative young entrepreneurs from the Netherlands and abroad. This high ranking on the authoritative fDi Index affirms that our city is on the right track and offers extra encouragement to stay the course.”

Attractive living and working environment
In recent years, such advantages as good accessibility (within the city and through connections to the Dutch and European hinterland), a wide range of offices at affordable prices, an international city that values quick and decisive action, and the multilingual workforce have been key factors in helping international investors to come to Rotterdam and remain there. The city’s housing options and livability also have a positive impact when deciding whether to base business operations in Rotterdam. It was announced last week, based on figures released by the European Commission, that Rotterdam has the happiest inhabitants in the Netherlands.

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