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Copenhagen is the world’s best city for talent

Copenhagen is the best city in the world in terms of growing, attracting, retaining and creating attractive conditions for talent according to the Global Talent Competitiveness Index 2017.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

“Copenhagen takes the top spot due to the city’s ability to communicate Nordic values in management and lifestyle and its ability to implement a holistic strategy of attracting and retaining talent”, says Dr Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices, INSEAD.

INSEAD is one of three partners behind the Index, together with Human Capital Leadership Institute and Adecco, the world's leading provider of workforce solutions.

Copenhagen is a strong base for business and a happy place to live

It is the first time, the Global Talent Competitiveness Index includes a separate city index, comparing 46 cities worldwide.

Copenhagen takes the first place in the city index with a huge margin, surpassing number two, Zurich, with more than 8%. Among the first 35 best ranked in the index, no other city shows an equal lead compared to the city next in line.

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Copenhagen ranks in top 5 in four out of six pillars constituting the city index:
  • No. 1 on Grow (learning and universities) 
  • No. 1 on Build global knowledge (tertiary enrolment and global networks) 
  • No. 3 on Enable (urbanization and clusters)
  • No. 5 on Attract (quality of life)
Denmark’s top performances are:
  • Corruption (absence of) #1
  • Ease of hiring #1
  • Easy of redundancy #1
  • Delegation of authority #1
  • Labour-employer cooperation #2
  • High-level skills, researchers #2
  • High-level skills, professionals #3
  • Ease of doing business #3
  • Scientific journal articles #3
  • Use of virtual professional networks #4
  • Environmental performance #4
  • Tertiary education expenditure #5
  • Personal safety #5