Economic information

BARCELONA is the 4th best European city in which to locate a business, (according to the European Cities Monitor conducted by Cushman & Wakefield) trailing only London, Paris and Frankfurt.

It is the centre of an emerging area of economic activity in Southern Europe, with 17 million people and 800.000 business.

With a long industrial tradition and a dense business fabric, Barcelona has a highly diversified economic structure. Its more traditional sectors coexist with new emerging ones, creating new clusters of knowledge, creating a dynamic and innovative city.

In 2011 Catalonia was home to more than 5.000 international companies and it received 135 foreign investment projects.

Taking into account the Distribution of Gross Value Added across business activities, Catalonia is Spain’s top autonomous region in the industrial sector, accounting for 23.6% of the total market. In terms of services, it is positioned second regarding National Gross Value added generated.