Latest Rankings

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American Cities of the Future 2019/20 - the winners

New York continues to reign as leader of fDi’s American Cities of the Future 2019/20 ranking. 

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American Cities of the Future 2019/20 – FDI strategy

A more detailed look at fDi's judges’ top five American Cities of the Future 2019/20 for FDI strategy. 

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Island Economies of the Future 2019/20 – the results

Cyprus is ranked first in fDi’s Island Economies of the Future rankings.

Rankings schedule


Competition closing date

Publication date

Asia-Pacific Cities of the Future 2019/20  CLOSED August 2019
Fintech Locations of the Future 2019/20 CLOSED August 2019
Global Free Zones of the Year 2019 28.6.19 October 2019
Tourism Locations of the Future 2019/20 26.8.19 December 2019
European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/21 30.9.19 February 2020

Global Free Zones of the Year 2019

Could your free zone be fDi’s Global Free Zone of the Year


In October 2019, fDi Magazine will crown its 2019 Global Free Zones of the Year, recognising the most promising free zones across the world.

We are looking for those free zones which offer the best investment environments and prospects for business expansion and economic development.

We are inviting investment promotion agencies, free zone operators, local and regional governments, as well as economic development units to supply additional information about their free zones, by completing a short survey detailing your zone’s occupancy rates and incentives.

Click here to enter

Closing date for submissions: 7th June 2019
Publication date: October 2019

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European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/21

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In February 2020, fDi Magazine will publish its ranking of the economic, financial and business strengths of cities and regions in the Europe region – ‘European Cities and Regions of the Future 2020/21’. We are searching for those locations with the most promising prospects for inward investment, economic development and business expansion. We invite those charged with economic development and investment promotion to complete the following survey, detailing their strategy for attracting investment.

Could your city come out on top?

fDi Magazine will be ranking cities and regions in six categories:

·         Economic Potential

·         Human Capital and Lifestyle

·         Connectivity

·         Business Friendliness

·         Cost Effectiveness

·         FDI Strategy

Don’t miss this opportunity to tell us why an investor should consider YOUR location as a destination.

Our team of researchers will be benchmarking the investment potential of cities and regions across the continent using data from both our specialised online databases, fDiBenchmark and fDi Markets, among other sources.

In order to analyse the most recent FDI promotion activities of locations, we invite local, regional and national levels of investment promotion agencies, economic development units, governments, governors and mayors to supply additional information regarding their current investment promotion activities in order to help enhance their city’s competitiveness in the rankings.

There is no cost to submit.

Application Link: CLICK HERE
Closing Date: Monday, 30th September
(Extension available on request) 
Publication Date: February 2020
For more information contact:

Previous Rankings

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Sri Lanka retains crown as fDi’s most diversified island economy

Sri Lanka and New Zealand hang on first and second place in fDi's Diversification Index for island economies.

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From Locations

Singapore tops fDi’s Smart Locations of the Future 2019/20 ranking

Singapore is fDi’s first Smart Location of the Future, followed by London and Dublin in second and third place. Naomi Davies reports.

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Singapore tops fDi's first biotech rankings

Singapore has been named fDi's first Biotech Location of the Future for its impressive record of job creation, low corruption levels and IP protection. 

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Asia-Pacific leads global list for BPO

The Philippines and India guide Asia-Pacific clear of the competition to take the crown as the leading region for greenfield FDI in BPO. Jonathan Wildsmith reports.

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fDi's Investors of the Year 2018: IWG takes Amazon's crown

Global office providers are top of the fDi Investors of the Year 2018 ranking.

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fDi Global Cities of the Future 2018/19 – the winners

Singapore has been crowned fDi’s Global City of the Future for the third year in a row, while London and Dublin have retained their positions in second and third, respectively. Cathy Mullan reports.

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fDi Strategy Awards 2018 – the winners

Investe São Paulo has been named fDi’s Investment Promotion Agency of the Year, while organisations from across the globe are recognised. 

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Top fDi Performers 2018

In a year-end tally, fDi finds that Dubai dominated our rankings throughout 2018, with the most appearances in the league tables, followed by London, Paris, Dublin and Singapore

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From Rankings

fDi’s Global Free Zones of the Year 2018 – the winners

A look at the finest free zones in the world as judged by fDi's panel of experts. 

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From Locations

Nation Brands ranking 2018

The US is once again Brand Finance's most valuable nation brand, while China, Germany and the UK witnessed strong brand growth too.

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Digital Economies of the Future 2018/19 – the results

London’s success in attracting major technology companies has helped it to land fDi’s award for best digital economy.

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fDi’s Latin American States of the Future 2018/19 – the winners

São Paulo ranks first in an inaugural study of states in Mexico and South America. 

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