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Global Cities Index 2012: Vienna and Moscow make biggest improvements

Vienna Ferris Wheel
April 6, 2012

The Austrian capital is Europe’s most global city after London and Paris

New York and London remain the world’s most global cities, while major emerging-market cities strengthened their ability to challenge global leaders in the next 10 to 20 years, according to the “2012 A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index” which was released in April 2012 in collaboration with Bloomberg. Compared to the 2010 ranking, Vienna and Moscow made the biggest improvements. The Austrian capital now ranks No. 13 worldwide (2010: only No. 18) and is Europe’s most global city after London and Paris.
The Global Cities Index, conducted every two years since 2008, provides a unique measure of global engagement for 66 cities across five dimensions – Business Activity, Human Capital, Information Exchange, Cultural Experience, and Political Engagement. The 2012 Global Cities Index was developed by A.T. Kearney and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
The authors see Vienna, Geneva and Nairobi as cities that have long been overshadowed by global finance and could emerge as crucial players in shaping a global environmental and social agenda.