Belfast Telegraph

Dublin is ranked 30th smartest city in the world

By Ellie Donnelly

Dublin has been ranked as the 30th smartest city in the world, according to the 2018 'IESE Cities in Motion Index'.

The Index, prepared for the Centre for Globalisation at University of Navarra in Spain, analyses the level of development of 165 cities in nine dimensions considered keys to progress.

Among these dimensions are human capital, social cohesion, economy, environment, governance, urban planning, international outreach, technology, and mobility and transportation.

Dublin's performance is an improvement of three places for the city, when compared with the 2017 Index.

Dublin ranked 16th for the economy, and 17th in the technology dimension.

The capital city also performed well in the area of social cohesion, ranking 22nd.

Meanwhile in the areas of environment and governance, the city ranked 35 and 45 respectively.

However, the city fell down in a number of other areas including mobility and transport, where it ranked 100 out of 165 cities, and human capital, where it ranked 80 out of 165.

Dublin, the only Irish city listed in the Index, also failed to perform well in the area of urban planning, ranking 75th out of the 165 cities in the Index. The report comes at a time when house prices are rising across the country, with employers warning of the impact this is having of staffing.

Among the more notable cities ranked below Dublin are Geneva, Munich and Frankfurt.

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