Europe is well known for hosting some of the biggest financial hubs in the world. From London to Brussels and Frankfurt, there a fair few cities that are guiding the economic fortunes of the continent and indeed the world.
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Below are the top business hubs in Europe:
No shock at all with this one. The capital of the UK has the financial and business centres of Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street and Aldgate buried within the hustle and bustle. From the HQ of corporate brands like JP Morgan, HSBC, Barclays and so many more, it’s no surprise that this is one of the guiding forces in the economic world.
The City of Light is also the City of Business (although not officially). One of the centres of the Eurozone and a historical capital of culture, commerce and finance, Paris is gradually becoming the key hub for financial services (especially after Brexit). La Defense is the largest business district in Paris, with some of the biggest companies in the world having their HQ there or within other areas. These include AXA, BNP Paribas, Société Générale, Crédit Agricole and Groupe BPCE.
Germany’s financial capital (not THE capital), Frankfurt has risen in importance since the financial crisis of 2007-08. The city has the highest concentration of jobs in Germany and is the HQ of the European Central Bank as well as the major banks of Germany like Deutsche Bank, DZ Bank, KfW Bankengruppe, Commerzbank and Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen. It’s no wonder Frankfurt is known as Bankenstadt (“City of the Banks”).
Known as the centre of administration for Belgium and the European Union, Brussels is one of the most recognised business hubs on the continent. Schaerbeek is the business district of the city and as such has all the big names for any business traveller to do their business. There is also the Brussels Stock Exchange that was founded by decree of Napoleon Bonaparte in 1801.
The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is a leading financial city and the second most competitive in Europe. Some of the county’s biggest companies have HQ there including ABB, UBS, Credit Suisse, Swiss Re and Zürich Financial Services. The Swiss Stock Exchange can also be found within the city making it an obvious pick for business and corporate travellers.
Another top financial centre in Europe, Amsterdam has the oldest stock exchange in the world. The Zuidas is its business district and you can find large corporations and banks within the area or nearby such as AkzoNobel, Heineken International, ING Group, ABN AMRO, TomTom, Delta Lloyd Group, Booking.com and Philips.
The capital of Ireland, Dublin is the economic hub of the nation and is home to a variety of multinational corporations, especially in the IT sector. Some of the companies you can find here are Amazon, Ebay, Dell, Facebook, Zynga, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Indeed, Twitter, Google, EMC, Microsoft, Oracle, Fleetmatics, PayPal, SAP, Symantec, and Yahoo. Given its huge economic expansion since 1997, the fact that it is now a big business hub is impressive if not to say unprecedented.
Nowadays most people associate Rome as a growing city of business and finance as opposed to an Empire that conquered most of the then known world (although it’s fair to say that a lot of tourists still do). EUR is the business district of the city and contains corporations and multinational companies such as Confindustria, the Archivio Centrale dello Stato, the SIAE, the ICE institute, Eni company, Unicredit, Poste Italiane, INAIL, INPS, and many others.