The organisation that compiles the European Digital Cities Index (EDCI) ranked Tallinn 20th out of 35 European cities, placing it higher than most capitals in southern Europe as well as Central and Eastern Europe.
The top five in the ranking that maps digital business
environments were London, Amsterdam, Stockholm, Helsinki and
Copenhagen. The only city in a country that joined the European
Union in the last wave that placed higher than the Estonian
capital was Prague, the capital of the CzechRepublic. Several
large industrial and research centres also achieved a better
result than Tallinn, including Munich (10th place),
Cambridge (11th), Oxford (13th),
Barcelona (14th) and Stuttgart (16th).
Tallinn received first-place points for its connection to the
local market, coming in ahead of London (2nd place),
Luxembourg (3rd) and Stockholm (4th).
According to the compilers of the index, the connection between
the information technology field and the local market is
important regardless of the fact that these companies are often
targeting global markets. Starting in one city, these
companies can develop step-by-step by expanding geographically.
“A strong position on the local market can provide startups
with a noteworthy stimulus for growth,” the explanatory notes
for the rankings state.
Tallinn also achieved a high, fourth place for a lifestyle that
promotes entrepreneurship. Prague placed first in this
category. Tallinn’s digital infrastructure was deemed worthy of
6th place (1st place went to Bucharest)
and placed 7th in the category dealing with the
predominant entrepreneurial culture (London placed first).
Tallinn’s general business environment merited 19th
Tallinn received its worst marks for access to capital and
competent skills – Tallinn placed 28th in both
categories – as well as knowledge spillover, where Tallinn