City Overview

Edinburgh, capital of Scotland is a European centre of commerce, culture and innovation.

Edinburgh is one of the fastest growing and most productive cities in the UK. The city is home to many international companies and The Financial Times fDi Magazine named Edinburgh as the "Best Mid-Sized European City of the Future" for 2014/15.

The expertise of the city’s financial services sector, rapid growth in technology & software and pioneering discoveries in life sciences is a key attraction for global investors, such as the UK Green Investment Bank, Amazon Development Centre and Toshiba Medical Visualisation Systems. Edinburgh continues to be one of Europe’s most attractive visit destinations with average hotel occupancy rates among the highest in Europe.

Edinburgh's workforce is one of the most highly qualified in the UK with 55% of working age residents educated to degree level or above. Innovation is underpinned by an abundance of talent and an unparalleled concentration of world leading research activities. The city is home to five higher education institutions, among them the University of Edinburgh ranked in the top 25 universities worldwide.

Edinburgh is a beautiful and compact city with a rich history and thriving cultural scene. The city’s festivals attracted combined audiences of more than 4.5m in 2015, on par with the FIFA World Cup, and generated £313m for the Scottish economy. It is ranked the UK's best place to live by uSwitch. These qualities are helping to attract, and retain, a highly skilled workforce that is driving the city’s growth.

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