Ireland is the best Western European country to invest in, while Dublin and Limerick are No 3 and No 9, respectively, when it comes to metropolitan areas, The Global Best to Invest Report reveals. Ireland also ranked ninth in terms of projects by country.
Site Selection has just released its sixth annual Best to Invest rankings of nations and metro areas for investment-attraction activity in 2013.
China, with 235 projects, takes the No 1 spot in the report’s Project by Country list. Ireland, with 57 projects, is at No 9. Rounding out the top 5 are Germany (196 projects), the UK (197), Mexico (136), and Spain (124).
"Capital investors only invest where they are confident they will earn a meaningful return, and these locations deliver that confidence," Site Selection wrote in its report on Best to Invest.
Following Ireland in the best Western European countries to invest in list are the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, and Portugal.
The full list of the top Western European metro areas for investment – in which Ireland is the only country to obtain more than one spot – is:
- Barcelona, Spain
- Birmingham, UK
- Dublin, Ireland
- Madrid, Spain
- London, UK
- Vienna, Austria
- Erfurt, Germany
- Athens, Greece
- Limerick, Ireland
- Antwerp, Belgium
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