As reported by Bilbao City Council, «the prestigious British publishing group (Financial Times) recognizes the potential of capital of Biscay as attractive destination for foreign direct investment.»

The report «European Cities and Regions of the Future, 2016-2017» puts Bilbao as the fourth best European city for investment in the field of metropolitan areas with a population between 200,000 and 750,000 people.

This ranking, biannual and produced by «fDi Intelligence», assesses the economic strength of cities, the business community and financial dynamism.  There are 2 categories «fDi Overall» and «fDi» Strategy » which are divided into five ranges, depending on the number of inhabitants. Bilbao improves its position in» Mid-Sized» «fDi Strategy» categories comparing with the report 2014-2015 when it appeared in seventh position.

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