The Financial Times leading business publication – fDi Intelligence Magazine – has ranked Zagreb in 4th place in the category of Best European City for Human Potential and Quality of Life, and in 9th place in the category of Best Future Direct Foreign Investment City in Southern Europe.


fDi gathered data from 294 cities in 148 regions in 6 categories their research for their European Cities & Regions of the Future ranking. The categories included human resources, working environment, infrastructure, return, strategy and favourable entrepreneurship.


Zagreb ranked a high 4th place when it came to large European cities of the future – human potential and quality of life. Dresden, Lyon, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Frankfurt and Hannover were all ranked above Zagreb, whilst only Oslo, Munich and Hamburg were ahead of the Croatian capital.


In the top 10 ‘southern European cities of the future’ Istanbul topped the list, followed by Madrid, Barcelona, Milan, Lisbon, Ljubljana, Rome, Ankara, Zagreb and Bilbao.


“Recognition that Zagreb is ranked as one of the most desirable investment destinations of Europe will certainly contribute to the increased interest of foreign investors. The city will continue to provide an impetus with an active investment policy in order to create a better business environment directly to investors and facilitate daily business entrepreneurs,” Deputy Mayor of Zagreb Vesna Kusin told a press conference on Wednesday.


The awards evening will be held in Cannes on 15 March 2016. Croatian towns Jastrebarsko and Ivanec, which was ranked number one in its micro-city category, also made fDi’s 2016-17 rankings.