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The ideal cultural and creative city in Europe is a mix of 7 cities

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The second edition of the Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor shows how well 190 cities in 30 European countries perform on a range of measures describing the ‘Cultural Vibrancy’, the ‘Creative Economy’ and the ‘Enabling Environment’ of a city.

This year, the ‘ideal’ Cultural and Creative City would be composed of the following 7 European cities, which

take the first position on one or more of the nine measured dimensions:

- Paris – Paris keeps strengthening its leading position: top city on creative & knowledge-based jobs,

human capital and education, and local and international connections

- Weimar – top city on cultural venues and facilities

- Florence – top city on cultural participation and attractiveness

- Eindhoven– top city on intellectual property and innovation

- Budapest – top city on new jobs in creative sectors

- Glasgow – top city on openness, tolerance and trust

- Aarhus– top city on quality of governance


That is according to the second edition of the ‘Cultural and creative cities monitor,’ which was launched in

October. It shows how well European cities perform, by considering the ‘cultural vibrancy’, the ‘creative

economy’ and the ‘enabling environment’ of a city. The monitor was first developed in 2017 by the Joint

Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission.


The 2019 edition embraces 5 new features:


1. 22 cities have been added to give a total of 190 (compared to 168 in 2017)

2. Web data from a new source (OpenStreetMap) has been used

3. Novel findings from the spatial analysis of cultural venues are helping to put the social inclusion

perspective the alongside the economic one;

4. A new section shows that EU regional policy funds could further support socio-economic


5. A new version of the monitor online enables cities to engage in data collection 

For more info:

EUROCITIES staff contact

Julie Herve