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European cities punch above their weight in the top 10 for real estate investment intensity

German and Nordic cities performing particularly well in JLL’s latest City Investment Intensity Index

European cities are leading the way when it comes to pulling in more direct real estate investment in comparison to their economic size according to JLL's latest City Investment Intensity Index.

In the global study, six of the top ten cities for investment intensity are European, with Nordic and German centres performing particularly well. 

Of these six European cities, London, the world's most liquid and transparent real estate market, has maintained its position at the top of the Index for the last three quarters, whilst Munich comes 2nd , Oslo 4th, Frankfurt 7th, Copenhagen 8th and Stockholm 9th.

Vibrant and with strong technology credentials, the European cities leading the Index also share the qualities of being transparent and scalable with a good quality of life, factors which are increasingly being incorporated into investment strategies.  

Frank Porschke, Managing Director JLL Germany, comments "Munich and Frankfurt have strong records of innovation and sustainability, which together with healthy economic growth and job creation provides a significant competitive advantage and is helping them attract inward investment.  Both cities sit firmly among the Global Top 30 markets for direct commercial real estate investment. Frankfurt is Germany's top cross-border investment market and the 3rd most popular destination for foreign capital in Europe"

Daniel Gorosch, Managing Director JLL Sweden, comments: "Despite the Nordic countries' close cultural and economic ties, their real estate markets vary.  Nordic countries attract a large number of international investors and register very high transaction volumes due to their healthy economies and great liquidity.  Yield levels have reached an all-time low in the prime CBD areas which have driven investors to secondary markets.  The differences in yield levels between prime and secondary products are therefore declining.  The Nordics will most certainly continue to be one of the most stable and popular markets to invest in in the future."

Notes to editors:

The Index compares the volume of real estate investment over a three-year period relative to the economic size of a city, providing a useful measure of real estate market liquidity, as well as being a valuable barometer of a city's overall 'health' and ability to attract not only capital, but also talent and corporations.

Non-European cities which feature in the top 10 are Sydney (3rd), Honolulu (5th), Auckland (6th) and San Jose (10th).

Click here to view the full top 25 global Investment Intensity Index