Urban Competitiveness Evaluation Indicies

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The US-based technology market research organization Strategy Analytics discovered that the United States and Singapore have an internet user rate of 88% and 60%, respectively. In Korea, this number is as high as 95%. Strategy Analytics explains that Seoul, a city of more than 20 million inhabitants (including its satellite cities), is a giant internet hotspot that offers cheap wireless internet connection virtually anywhere in the city, and praises Korea for its high connection rate. 

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    World Electronic Government : 1st place

    UN Survey 2008, 2012

  • 6

    World City Competitiveness Index : 6th place

    Mori Foundation Japan, 2012

  • 8

    Business Friendly Country : 8th place

    World Bank 2012

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    Competitiveness Index 2010: 9th place

    World City Competitiveness Report (Social Science Center, China)

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    Labor Productivity : 1st place

    OECD 2011

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    Global City Index : 8th place

    A.T.Kearney and Foreign
    Policy Magazine 2012

  • 5

    Convention-Friendly Cities: 5th place

    for three consecutive years (2010-12)
    UIA 2012

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    Economic Competitiveness : 3rd place

    Newsweek 2011

GPCI  The Mori Memorial Foundation

The Mori Memorial Foundation of Japan started disclosing GPCI in 2008. Announced every October, GPCI concerns major cities’ competitiveness as surveyed in 70 detailed indices in 6 sectors: economy, R&D, cultural exchanges, residence, environment, and transportation accessibility. The 70 detailed indices consist of 59 statistical data collected and 11 questionnaire-based surveys.

GPCI The Mori Memorial Foundation 그래프

Liveability EIU

Announced twice a year (February and August) by EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) affiliated with the British weekly Economist, livability concerns 30 indices in 5 sectors (Social Safety, Medical Service, Culture/Environment, Education, and Infrastructure) of 140 cities. 

EIU 그래프

Quality of Living by Mercer

Announced annually (March) by multinational consulting business Mercer, Quality of Life is based on the comparison and analysis of 39 items in 10 sectors (Political/Social Environment, Economic Environment, Sociocultural Environment, Medical Service/Health/Hygiene, Educational Environment, Public Service/Transportation, Provision of Respite, Consumables, Residential Environment, and Natural Environment) concerning 221 cities.

Quality of Living Mercer 그래프

Cities of Opportunity PwC & New York partnership

Announced annually by PwC and Partnership for New York City, Cities of Opportunity are based on 60 indices in 10 sectors (Intellectual Capital/Innovation, Technological Readiness, Transportation and Infrastructure, Demographics and Livability, Economic Clout, Economic and Social Cost, Culture and Leisure Assets, Health/ Safety/Security, Business-friendly Environment, and Sustainability and natural environment) concerning 27 major international financial/business cities.

Cities if opprtunity PwC&New York patnership 그래프

GCI AT Kearney & foreign policy

Announced annually by PwC and Partnership for New York City, Cities of Opportunity are based on 60 indices in 10 sectors (Intellectual Capital/Innovation, Technological Readiness, Transportation and Infrastructure, Demographics and Livability, Economic Clout, Economic and Social Cost, Culture and Leisure Assets, Health/ Safety/Security, Business-friendly Environment, and Sustainability and natural environment) concerning 27 major international financial/business cities.

GCIAT Keamey & foreign policy 그래프

Seoul’s business capacity as seen by non-Koreans

The globally-renowned consulting firm McKinsey conducted a survey of 108 foreign residents who have lived in Seoul for five to ten years on October 2010. It shows that Seoul has consistently improved its living conditions over the past decade. 

10years ago/5years ago/now

 

Transportation Infra

IT Infra

Natural environment
pollution and climate

Medical
public health service

Cultural
Environment

Capacity of Korea-based companies

R&D support infrastructure

“I would consider living in Seoul long-term”


“I would recommend living in Seoul to my friends”