Based on 10 key metrics, the Top 50 Smart City Governments publication gives a unique perspective on smart city efforts by focusing on the specific models and initiatives that city governments directed towards tackling increasingly complex urban needs, whilst supporting their citizen’s needs and aspirations. In 2021, the top three smartest cities are Singapore, Seoul and London. Of Tallinn’s closest neighbours, Helsinki is ranked 5th, Moscow 14th and Stockholm 50th.
The ranking focused specifically on the role of city governments as the main driving force in smart city development. In addition to efficiency and the application of smart technologies in the city, the report published today sheds light on cities’ strategic efforts to promote innovation and support talent development.
More than 230 cities were evaluated and examined by Eden Strategy Institute, and city governments were invited to a Call for Proposals to submit supporting details, reports, and outcomes. Interviews were later conducted with smart city officials to validate facts and learn more in-depth about their unique challenges and pathways.
Singapore emerged top in the rankings alongside Seoul, London, Barcelona, and Helsinki; cities which are not only advanced in terms of technologies adopted throughout the city, but in their government’s efforts to bring the city population along their digitalisation journey.
The rankings this year also revealed several smart city trends and insights. An increasing number of cities have prioritised environmental sustainability in their agenda, recognising the importance and urgency of addressing the effects of climate change. Eighteen new cities were welcomed into the Top 50 list, including cities such as Tallinn, Oslo, and Moscow.
The full report, including detailed feature articles covering topics such as COVID-19, sustainability, data privacy, financing, and social inclusion; city as well as regional highlights; and detailed scores, is available for download on www.smartcitygovt.com.