07.04.2021

Tallinn was recognised as the Place of the Future

The Cognizant Centre for the Future of Work highlighted Tallinn as one of the 17 cities in the world where jobs of the future are created.

The latest codex published by Cognizant reveals the top cities where the jobs of the future are emerging in the current age of automation, algorithms and artificial intelligence, and what makes these places the hubs of innovation and new ideas. Cognizant calls Tallinn a digital powerhouse for Europe, where the goal of the government has been to quickly digitize the society, the Internet access is a fundamental human right and children learn programming at school.

"I am very pleased that Tallinn has been recognised as one of the world’s 17 most outstanding cities of the future," said Mayor Mihhail Kõlvart. "Our long-term strategy "Tallinn 2035" sees the future Tallinn as a green, smart and open global city, with a human friendly urban space for forward-facing people who value their heritage."

The report notes that Estonia ranks among the top three countries in Europe in terms of the number of start-ups per capita. Tallinn is an international city that offers a wide range of opportunities for remote working with the help of a brilliant digital infrastructure. In addition, Cognizant lists a good availability of free wireless internet connection, a high data security level and the possibility to start a business quickly and easily from one’s PC as the strengths of Tallinn.

The report specifically highlights the creative quarter of Telliskivi, the transformation of the architecture during the previous regime, the area of ​​Noblessner Harbour, the Old Town and the strategic location of Tallinn near Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Russia.

In total, the report has highlighted 21 out of 150 possible locations where Cognizant estimates that future history is already being written. The list includes both large and small places that share the desire and preconditions to create future jobs.

The report claims that in addition to Tallinn, the Places of the Future are Atlanta, Portland and Sacramento in the United States, Toronto in Canada, São Paulo in Brazil, Dundee in Scotland, Lisbon in Portugal, Silicon Wadi in Israel, Lagos in Nigeria, Nairobi in Kenya, Wellington in New-Zealand, Songdo in South Korea, Da Nang in Vietnam, the district of Haidian of the Chinese capital Beijing, Shenzhen in China and the city of Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala.

In addition to cities, future work locations include Outer Space, Virtual Space, the new digitally connected Hanseatic League, and the conditional Remotopia that connects all computer-enabled locations of remote work.

The Cognizant Centre for the Future of Work codex is available here: https://www.cognizant.com/whitepapers/21-places-of-the-future-where-is-the-future-of-work-codex5484.pdf

Recently, Tallinn has also received other international awards: at the end of last year, the Intelligent Community Forum in New York announced Tallinn to be the most intelligent community of the year, and last month, Tallinn ranked 12th among the 50 smartest cities in the world, elected by the Eden Strategy Institute of Singapore.

Cognizant is an acclaimed international consulting firm of U.S. origin that advises companies on how to adapt their business, its management and technology models to the digital age. Cognizant is one of the 100 largest companies on the NASDAQ stock exchange and its share is included in the S&P 500 index of the most important US listed companies. The Cognizant Centre for the Future of Work explores the change in working as new technologies, new business models, and new employees emerge. The centre conducts original research and analysis of work trends and dynamics and collaborates with a wide range of thinkers from fields of business, technology and science.