Innovation Cities™ Europe Index 2011

Europe Innovation Cities Index : City rankingCity innovation classifications and rankings 2011 for Europe.

World’s largest city classification and global ranking with 120 European cities from 331 benchmark cities classified, and top 60 European cities ranked in 2011. Based on 2thinknow analysis of cities on 162 city indicators, in what our analysts term the ‘global innovation economy’. Annual city scores and ranking since 2007. City indicators data from 2thinknow City Benchmarking Data program.


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1 Paris France 3 1 NEXUS
2 Vienna Austria 5 1 NEXUS
3 Amsterdam Netherlands 6 1 NEXUS
4 Munich Germany 7 1 NEXUS
5 Lyon France 8 1 NEXUS
6 Copenhagen Denmark 9 1 NEXUS
7 London United Kingdom 11 1 NEXUS
8 Frankfurt Germany 12 1 NEXUS
9 Hamburg Germany 13 1 NEXUS
10 Berlin Germany 14 1 NEXUS
11 Milan Italy 16 1 NEXUS
12 Stuttgart Germany 18 1 NEXUS
13 Barcelona Spain 19 1 NEXUS
14 Stockholm Sweden 21 1 NEXUS
15 Rome Italy 23 1 NEXUS
16 Strasbourg France 27 1 NEXUS
17 Manchester United Kingdom 32 1 NEXUS
18 Düsseldorf Germany 36 2 HUB
19 Nantes France 37 2 HUB
20 Brussels Belgium 38 2 HUB
21 Marseille France 39 2 HUB
22 Oslo Norway 40 2 HUB
23 Bordeaux France 41 2 HUB
24 Helsinki Finland 42 2 HUB
25 Prague Czech Republic 43 2 HUB
26 Toulouse France 44 2 HUB
27 Cologne Germany 45 2 HUB
28 Tel Aviv Israel 46 2 HUB
29 Budapest Hungary 47 2 HUB
30 Leipzig Germany 50 2 HUB
31 Madrid Spain 52 2 HUB
32 Hannover Germany 57 2 HUB
33 Dresden Germany 58 2 HUB
34 The Hague Netherlands 62 2 HUB
35 Montpellier France 63 2 HUB
36 Karlsruhe Germany 64 2 HUB
37 Edinburgh United Kingdom 65 2 HUB
38 Aachen Germany 68 2 HUB
39 Geneva Switzerland 69 2 HUB
40 Zürich Switzerland 71 2 HUB
41 Glasgow United Kingdom 74 2 HUB
42 Nuremberg Germany 75 2 HUB
43 Essen Germany 77 2 HUB
44 Rotterdam Netherlands 78 2 HUB
45 Torino Italy 80 2 HUB
46 Bilbao Spain 82 2 HUB
47 Dortmund Germany 83 2 HUB
48 Antwerp Belgium 84 2 HUB
49 Linz Austria 86 2 HUB
50 Bonn Germany 88 2 HUB
51 Istanbul Turkey 89 2 HUB
52 Venice Italy 90 2 HUB
53 Reims France 96 2 HUB
54 Nice France 102 2 HUB
55 Bremen Germany 104 2 HUB
56 Mannheim-Heidelberg Germany 106 2 HUB
57 Lisbon Portugal 113 3 NODE
58 Belgrade Serbia 114 3 NODE
59 Liverpool United Kingdom 115 3 NODE
60 St Petersburg Russia 122 3 NODE
Basel Switzerland 3 NODE
Bologna Italy 3 NODE
Bristol United Kingdom 3 NODE
Florence Italy 3 NODE
Graz Austria 3 NODE
Jerusalem Israel 3 NODE
Kiel Germany 3 NODE
Kingston-Upon-Hull United Kingdom 3 NODE
Lille France 3 NODE
Luxembourg Luxembourg 3 NODE
Modena Italy 3 NODE
Oporto Portugal 3 NODE
Padova Italy 3 NODE
Verona Italy 3 NODE
Bath & NE Somerset United Kingdom 3 NODE
Belfast United Kingdom 3 NODE
Bern Switzerland 3 NODE
Birmingham United Kingdom 3 NODE
Cannes France 3 NODE
Cardiff United Kingdom 3 NODE
Coventry United Kingdom 3 NODE
Dublin Ireland 3 NODE
Gdansk Poland 3 NODE
Gent Belgium 3 NODE
Gothenburg Sweden 3 NODE
Leeds United Kingdom 3 NODE
Liège Belgium 3 NODE
Ljubljana Slovenia 3 NODE
Lucerne Switzerland 3 NODE
Moscow Russia 3 NODE
Parma Italy 3 NODE
Rennes France 3 NODE
Salzburg Austria 3 NODE
Utrecht Netherlands 3 NODE
Warsaw Poland 3 NODE
Zagreb Croatia 3 NODE
Athens Greece 3 NODE
Bratislava Slovakia 3 NODE
Bucharest Romania 3 NODE
Málaga Spain 3 NODE
Newcastle-upon-Tyne United Kingdom 3 NODE
Pamplona Spain 3 NODE
Seville Spain 3 NODE
Sheffield United Kingdom 3 NODE
Tallinn Estonia 3 NODE
Trieste Italy 3 NODE
Valencia Spain 3 NODE
Dubrovnik Croatia 4 INFLUENCER
Katowice Poland 4 INFLUENCER
Kraków Poland 4 INFLUENCER
Reykjavik Iceland 4 INFLUENCER
Riga Latvia 4 INFLUENCER
Thessaloniki Greece 4 INFLUENCER
Vilnius Lithuania 4 INFLUENCER
Kosice Slovakia 4 INFLUENCER
Sofia Bulgaria 4 INFLUENCER
Timisoara Romania 4 INFLUENCER
Granada Spain 4 INFLUENCER
Tirana Albania 5 UPSTART
Skopje Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of

Key to index.

All cities are graded into award categories based on their index score. In descending order of importance to the innovation economy:

NEXUS: Critical nexus for multiple economic and social innovation segments

HUB: Dominance or influence on key economic and social innovation segments , based on global rends

NODE: Broad performance across many innovation segments, with key imbalances

INFLUENCER: Competitive in some segments, potential or imbalanced

UPSTART: Potential steps towards relative future performance in a few innovation segments

Regions are defined as follows:

AMERICAS: North and South America

EUROPE: The U.N. defined Europe with European union, Western Russia, Israel and major Turkish cities

ASIA: Asia and Oceania (Australia/NZ)

EMERGING: Mid-East, Africa, Turkey and Caucasus states

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Methodology in brief:

The Index is the most comprehensive city ranking and scoring. Each city was selected from 1,540 cities based on basic factors of health, wealth, population, geography. The selected 331 cities had data extracted the city benchmarking data program on 162 indicators. Each of the benchmarking data were scored by analysts using best available qualitative analysis and quantitative statistics (see City Benchmarking Data to purchase city data). Where data was unavailable, national or state estimates were used.

Data was then trend balanced against 21 global trends, by analysts.For the final index had a zeitgeist (analyst confidence) factor added, and score reduced to a 3 factor score for Cultural Assets, Human Infrastructure and Networked Markets. For city Classification, these scores were competitively graded into 5 bands (Nexus, Hub, Node, Influencer, Upstart)

The top 33% of Nexus and Hub ( and selected Node cities of future interest)  final graded scores were ranked by analysts based on trends over 2-5 years. From this global Index, 4 regional indexes for Americas, Europe, Asia and Emerging are also produced.

Please note the full list above is classified (Node, Influencer, Upstart) not ranked except wher a rank is noted. Rankings are just for general information. A node ranking is considered globally competitive. More discussion and questions answered in this FAQ.

For more details on methodology, please see the FAQ or order the Innovation Cities Analysis Report.

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About 2thinknow Innovation Cities™ Program:

Based in Melbourne Australia, 2thinknow are the world’s first innovation agency. Established 2006 we have  designed original  models to measure and deliver innovation to cities, business seeking new markets and growth, and NGO/government clients.

2thinknow Innovation Cities Program to provide powerful tools for creating an innovation economy. This includes the city benchmarking data details on cities by segment globally, recently launched local innovation forum events, analyst reports such as the flagship Innovation Cities™ Analysis Report

In 2011, in the Innovation Course, we are teaching our clients new innovation methods and practices. 2thinknow work with other clients through innovation consulting, analyst reports, projects  and innovation services, as well as a number of online resources and groups.

Since 2009, 2thinknow as world’s first innovation agency have classified cities for broad-based innovation. 2thinknow have published the Innovation Cities Indexes city rankings free online since 2007, when they started with a very small 22 cities.

This is now 331 cities in the 2011 year, and is the world’s largest and most diverse city ranking.

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