The Global Cities Investment Monitor 2016 report by KPMG places Barcelona in eighth position among the top urban areas of the world for attracting greenfield foreign investment projects in the period 2012-2016, with more than 500 projects that allowed Barcelona to gain two positions with respect to the results of 2010-2014. In 2015, the city was in 11th global position, which beat its results in 2014 (12th). The Barcelona area received more than a third (36%) of all inward foreign investment projects going to Spain, the same weight as London has compared to the UK.
Moreover, according to the European Cities and Regions of the Future 2016/17 report by fDi Magazine, Barcelona stood out for being the top urban area in terms of their strategy for attracting foreign investment, while ranking third best city in the south of Europe and tenth in terms of connectivity. For its part, Catalonia won first place in the overall classification of regions for attracting foreign investment, as well as amongst the regions of southern Europe.
Also, according to the Attractiveness Survey Europe 2016 by Ernst and Young, Barcelona is the 5th most attractive city in Europe for international investment after London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam, but ahead of Munich, Frankfurt, Madrid, Rome and Brussels, results based on the analysis of a 1,469 surveys of experts and potential investors.
Moreover, foreign productive investment1 in Catalonia was 4,873.8 million € in 2015, representing an increase of 60.4% and the second highest figure in the data series close to the maximum reached in 2010 (4,945 million €). The growth experienced in FDI in Catalonia is clearly higher than at the Spanish level, where this indicator recorded an increase of 17.8% compared to 2014.
1Productive foreign investment does not take into account holding companies, which are companies established in Spain, whose objective is to hold shares in foreign companies. The operations of these companies represent a transfer between the same corporate group. The existence of entities holding foreign securities is due to tax optimization strategies within the same group.