Dublin shares second spot among most innovative cities in Europe

Dortmund comes top with Dublin sharing second place with Malaga in Spain

Dublin has been awarded joint second place in an EU awards ceremony marking the most innovative cities in Europe.

Dortmund was named as the European Capital of Innovation, followed by Dublin and Malaga in Spain, which shared second place, and Vilinius in Lithuania, which came next in the ranking.

The awards, which began in 2014, recognise cities’ long-term efforts to create an environment that enables and embraces innovation.

Cash prize

Dublin and Malaga share a €100,000 cash prize while Dortmund has been awarded €1 million for taking home the lead award.


Previous winners of the lead award include Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Athens, Nantes and Leuven.

Vantaa in Finland was awarded the European rising innovative city' prize at the EU's European Capital of Innovation Awards, followed by Cascais in Portugal and Trondheim in Norway.

“I am honoured to highlight these cities that are the real test beds for innovation. They co-create bottom-up initiatives to achieve more sustainable urban development,” said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation.

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor is a former Irish Times business journalist