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Smart Cities: here is the ranking of the most “smart” cities in the world in 2021

A so-called smart city no longer refers to the sole technological prowess implemented on its territory. In the post-pandemic context of Covid-19 and in the face of the climate emergency, cities are proving to be “smarter” than others and better meet the expectations of their fellow citizens in search of well-being. These smart cities, or smart cties, are at the forefront of health issues and societal challenges.

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Singapore tops the Smart City Index 2021 ranking, which lists the cities most involved in technology, but also in ecological, health and societal issues. The Asian city is ahead of Zurich and Oslo. So many cities which, according to their inhabitants, have perfectly managed the Covid-19 crisis and tend to quickly become resilient.

The latest data collected indicates that environmental concerns are ultimately strongest in the relatively wealthy cities . More generally, access to better quality air and to more health services have become a priority since the start of the pandemic . In fact, the Covid-19 crisis has dramatically changed the way that leaders in big cities view the challenges ahead. In addition to the climate emergency, health-related factors are also becoming a priority.

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The wavelengths of visible light range from about 380 nm (purple) to 780 nm (red). The visible spectrum is light of the pandemic experience, it is therefore urban design and planning that must also be adapted to these new challenges to make them definitively resilient cities, in all areas.

To what extent does your city appear “smart” to you since the Covid-19 pandemic? © Institute for Management Development IMD

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Top 10 smartest cities in the world in 2021

1. Singapore
2. Zurich (Switzerland)
3. Oslo (Norway)
4. Taipei (Taiwan)
5. Lausanne (Switzerland)
6. Helsinki (Finland)
7. Copenhagen (Denmark)
8. Geneva (Switzerland)
9. Auckland (New Zealand)
10. Bilbao (Spain)

Note that three French cities appear in the Top 50, including Lille, Bordeaux being the best ranked (32 e ), and that Paris only stands out in 61 th position. Regarding North America, it is New York (12 e ) which appears to be a good student. In the Middle East, it’s Abu Dhabi (28 e ); in Eastern Europe, Moscow (54 e ); in Latin America, Buenos Aires (98 e ) and in Africa, Cairo (104 e ).

L ‘ Smart City Index is produced by the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (Sutd). This report ranks 118 cities around the world based on how citizens perceives the technology can improve their lives, in addition to the economic and social data taken from the United Nations Human Development Index. The report surveyed 120 residents of each city in July 2021, or nearly 15,000 residents in total.

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