BARCELONA was ranked as a more desirable place to live than Madrid in The Global cities study.
The coastal city ranked 26th, while the capital came 30th in the overall ranking for 64 global cities.
Barcelona beat Madrid in all of the rankings other than ‘Quality of life and diversity’.
Overall, London beat both Spanish cities – coming 22nd – and shone ahead for ‘Economic vibrancy and competitiveness’, ‘Environmental friendliness and sustainability’, and ‘Good governance and effective leadership.’
England’s capital lagged behind in ‘Domestic security and stability ranking’ and ‘Quality of life and diversity’.
Geneva and Zurich in Switzerland were the over all winners, coming first and second respectively, following by the Asian country and city, Singapore in third place.
Copenhagen in Denmark came fourth followed by Finland’s Helsinki.
Luxembourg came sixth, Stockholm in Sweden seventh and Berlin in Germany and Honk Kong were joint eighth.
The Australian cities of Auckland and Melbourne got joint tenth place.
The worst city was Jakarta in Indonesia followed by Manila in the Philippines and Moscow in Russia.
The top three cities for the ‘Economic vibrancy and competitiveness’ category were Luxembourg, Copenhagen and Geneva.
Stockholm, Geneva and Zurich came tops in the ‘Environmental friendliness and sustainability’ ranking.
The ‘Domestic security and stability’ category went to Singapore, Hong Kong and Copenhagen.
Geneva, Zurich, Stockholm and Copenhagen were tops for ‘Quality of life and diversity’.
Best scores went yet again to Geneva and Zurich, this time for ‘Good governance and effective leadership’, along with Singapore in third place.
By Nicole Hallett