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.