Tallinn among top 10 small innovative cities

  • 2023-09-25
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN - Tallinn has placed tenth in the Innovation Cities Index for cities with fewer than one million inhabitants, rising by as much as 77 places compared to 2018.

Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Joosep Vimm said such an accomplishment acknowledges the city's consistent actions in supporting innovation.

"This accomplishment highlights Tallinn’s role on the global innovation landscape and gives us the confidence that we are moving in the right direction in terms of innovations and digital development. Creating a better breeding ground for innovation and all-around support for it helps our companies to grow, offers new solutions to the city itself, and creates a more fertile business environment. We have made significant progress in digitizing city services and have also supported the community and companies in this. Our ambition is to be a leader and a role model for others," Vimm said.

The Innovation Cities: Small 200 index assesses innovation in cities with fewer than one million inhabitants, to demonstrate the capability of smaller cities to be pioneers in innovation and to successfully compete with larger ones. The ranking is led by Amsterdam, followed by Tel Aviv, Basel, Frankfurt, Duesseldorf, Quebec, Rotterdam, Gothenburg, Geneva, and Tallinn. In addition to other innovation indicators, Tallinn's success is due to the city's and Estonia's global renown for digital solutions and e-governance.

Cities are measured against 162 indicators, which are divided into 31 different categories. Factors such as culture, transport options, technology, tax system, and sustainability are considered, among others.

In the global ranking of 500 cities, Tallinn placed 102nd, with Tokyo in first place and neighboring cities Helsinki and Riga in 39th and 256th place, respectively.

The international agency 2thinknow has been compiling the index since 2007.