Auckland usually holds its own in global lifestyle surveys, but according to fDi magazine, New Zealand's biggest city also scores well when it comes to business.
The foreign direct investment magazine, owned by The Financial Times Ltd, rated Auckland sixth for business friendliness and seventh overall (up from 10th place in the last fDi rankings).
The increase can be attributed to a jump in Auckland’s foreign direct investment. Auckland boasts more than 600 international companies based in the city.
“Auckland’s ability to speak with one voice for the whole region has been a major factor in the two year result. Our vision for Auckland is driving New Zealand’s economic prosperity by leading the successful transformation of Auckland’s economy. It’s a vision for Auckland, but one with real significance for the whole country”, said Clyde Rogers, general manager business and sector development for Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).
Today there are 1.4 million people living across Auckland, expected to increase to two million by 2030.
The survey ranked Singapore as the top city with the highest GDP per capita of the 141 countries surveyed. Shanghai came in second while Seoul finished up third.