Copenhagen falls back on global city index

New York finished top, followed by London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong

Copenhagen has dropped a spot in the most recent Global Cities Index published by the global management consulting firm A. T. Kearney.

The Danish capital has dropped four times on the trot in the biennial index, falling from 36 and 37 in 2008 and 2010 to 42 in 2012 and now again to 43 in 2014.

The Global Cities Index (here in English) examines a list of 84 cities and measures how globally connected they are across 26 metrics in the five following areas: business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience and political engagement.

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Susanne Hyldelund, the head of the official investment promotion agency within the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Invest in Denmark, contended that some of the material used for establishing the index was old, stemming from 2010, but admitted that there was work to be done.

“There is no doubt that we are challenged in the international competition of attracting foreign investors and talent,” Hyldelund told Berlingske newspaper.

For the fourth straight index, New York finished atop the ranking, followed by London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Stockholm placed best among the Scandinavian cities, placing 33.