Hamburg remains number one in the latest ranking of Germany’s ‘smartest’ cities. Munich is a close second, with Dresden his third. Nuremberg, Aachen and Düsseldorf made the top ten. However, Germany remains average within her EU.
Hamburg takes the top spot again this year.smart city indexThis ranking measures the progress of digitalization in Germany’s major cities. Hanseatic cities retained their lead with 86.1 out of 100 points, a much smaller lead from the previous year. For the first time he was second with 85.3 points and Dresden with his 81.6 points he was third.
Last year’s second-placed Cologne ranked fourth with 79.4 points. Karlsruhe slipped from his 3rd place to his 14th place (73.5 points). New to the top ten are Nuremberg (6th / 77.6 points), Aachen (7th / 77.3 points) and Düsseldorf (9th / 76.6 points). These three cities each moved him up 10 places. The top 10 includes Stuttgart (5th / 78.1 points), Bochum (8th / 77.0 points) and Darmstadt (10th / 75.3 points). Berlin finished 11th with 75 points.
Nuremberg in the previous two sections
The Smart Cities Index covers all 81 German cities with a population of 100,000 or more. Five areas were analyzed: management, IT and communications, energy and environment, and mobility and society. For example, parameters such as online citizen services, shared offers, environmental sensors, broadband availability are included in the evaluation.
Cities that are less advanced overall may also come out on top in individual subject areas. Nuremberg (6th) is the best in digital administration, and the Franconian metropolis is also ahead in mobility. Gelsenkirchen (17th) ranks first in IT and Communications, and Hamburg (1st) ranks first in Social.
The index is not without controversy among local authorities. Last year, the city of Moers complained about its low ranking. Bitkom counted administrative services, such as digitized vehicle registration, as ‘not digitized’ that municipalities in the district could not provide at all.
Germany only EU average
In the European context, Germany remains average despite increased investment in the corona crisis.Currently Indicators of the digital economy and society Of the European Commission (DESI), the Federal Republic is only 13th among its 28 member states. In 2021 she is again in 11th place, with Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands topping the list.
As far as companies are concerned, the situation does not look very good.youngest EIB report Germany ranks only 14th according to the European Investment Bank, which also uses the United States (7th) for comparison.The main reason for this is its modest infrastructure and correspondingly less use of the latest digital technologies. After all, the Federal Republic is still classified as “strong”. Finland and Malta were her two most digitized countries last year, followed by Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden.