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Key Facts About Barcelona

Barcelona draws 9 million tourists and 20,000 international students annually, as well as nearly half of its residents from abroad. The city’s reputation as a Mediterranean center of culture and business attracts visitors from around the globe.

Barcelona is #21 on Innovation Cities™ Global Index and has progressive ideas when it comes to fostering growth. The city was one of the first to appoint a Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, who among many things has opened data sets to stimulate local businesses. It’s a great place to start a business as costs remain low, which bolsters innovation as entrepreneurs can afford to experiment. The city has produced myriad successful startups including:






Spain is also seen by ambitious entrepreneurs as the gateway to a dual market: Spain and Latin America. What’s more, the city of Barcelona hosts numerous, prestigious international events that attract experts and leaders from around the world, including Mobile World Congress, Smart City Expo World Congress, 080 Barcelona Fashion and Sónar+D, an international congress that fuses art and technology to enable the imagining of new futures. Business aside, Barcelona has tons to offer!


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