Gothenburg fifth in the world

Gothenburg has been named one of the top cities in the world for growing, attracting and retaining talent.
Göran Assner

With a high a standard of living and a high proportion of well-educated residents Gothenburg was ranked 5th of 46 cities in the first ever Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index (GCTCI 2017).

Only Copenhagen, Zurich, Helsinki and San Francisco were placed higher.

The 2017 index was presented in Davos in connection with the World Economic Forum.

“That we are well placed shows that Gothenburg has many strengths in a global perspective, and indicates that we hold a strong position as the competition for global talent increases. This is a crucial factor for the competitiveness of our companies.”

This is what Niklas Delersjö had to say from Davos when the index was presented. He is the head project manager for Global Talent Gothenburg/West Sweden, an initiative working to improve the region’s possibilities for attracting and retaining global talent. The collaborative project involves actors from the private, public and academic sectors.

“It’s important that we don’t rest on our laurels and step up the work that has started, where together we set the agenda and continue developing.”  

Small cities scored well

The cities were scored across six areas, which each contained two to four variables. The variables included, for example, access to internet, quality of life, leading universities, cost of living and level of education.

One interesting result was that smaller cities with up to 500,000 residents scored higher than many of the mega cities.

In some cases, this was explained by the presence of large, often world-leading companies, in combination with an easily navigated city, with a high standard of living and attractiveness, not in the least for families.

“These are exactly Gothenburg’s strengths. But in our future work it’s important that we take advantage of these by telling about the possibilities,” said Niklas Delersjö.



Global Cities Talent Competitiveness Index is a part of the Global Talent Competitiveness Index which ranks countries based on their ability to grow, attract and retain talent. The index comes from the INSEAD business school, in collaboration with the Adecco Group and the Human Capital Leadership Institute.

Global Talent Gothenburg/West Sweden is collaborative project led by the West Sweden Chamber of Commerce.

Here you can read more about the project

Here you can visit the welcome site Move to Gothenburg


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