March 20 2014

Thessaloniki, Greece is the European Future City of 2014

FDI magazine of Financial Times organized the annual international competition regarding the best future cities. Thessaloniki was elected as the European future city of 2014 as far as human resources and lifestyle are concerned. 

Thessaloniki's Umbrellas Sculpture

The results of the European Cities of the Future 2014 competition were announced on February 15th, 2014. 468 cities participated, including forty-six mid-sized. Thessaloniki was the one to be voted as the “Best Mid-Sized city for human capital & lifestyle.”

The main criteria for this particular category were, among others, the labor force, the educational level, the number of universities, the students, the number of doctors and the quality of life. The magazine included in its survey for the first time, not only the residents of the city, but also those of the surrounding villages.

Main Library

This award is considered a great honor for the city of Thessaloniki. “All the effort that the municipality and businesses have put into the transformation of the city into a more outward-looking place have been fruitful. Thanks to that award, the citizens of Thessaloniki have been reassured about the high educational level of the universities and private schools,” as the deputy mayor of Economics and Entrepreneurship, Hasdai Capon, has stated.

Aristotle University

Generally, in this competition, the FDI organizes several criteria for the European future cities to take into consideration and are classified into certain categories, such as dynamics of economy, working environment, human resources, business-friendliness and strategies promoting foreign direct investments.

Has your city ever been voted as European Future City? Did that bring any profound changes in the city and its citizens? Have you ever visited a European Future City?

The original article, published in Greek, can be found here.

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Dafni Dimitriadi

Dafni Dimitriadi is a student of Architecture at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. Her numerous experiences in participating in architectural competitions have helped her understand the importance of research and design. She is interested in building and urban design restoration and aims to continue her studies in order to gain more knowledge related to these fields. She is an active volunteer and has participated in many interesting projects, including Open House Thessaloniki. She currently lives in Thessaloniki and through her blogs aims to explore developments associated with architecture and urban design.

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