Hamburg, “Hidden Champions” Set Tone for German Smart Cities


September 2022

The 2022 Smart City Index, published every year by Germany’s digital trade association, Bitkom, features a few surprises, but not at the very summit. Coming out tops again, for the fourth straight year, was the northern German port metropolis of Hamburg with 86.1 of 100 points.

The Bavarian capital Munich was second with 85.5 points while Dresden in the east moved up three spots to place third with 81.6 points.

The rest of the top ten featured a number of cities that tend to fly a bit under the radar. The “hidden chapions” include Nuremberg (6th, 77.6 points), Aachen (7th, 77.3 points), Bochum (8th, 77 points) and Darmstadt (10th, 75.3 points). Cologne (4th, 79.4 points), Stuttgart (5th, 78.1 points) and Düsseldorf (9th, 76.6 points) completed the top ten.

The criteria were mobility, society, urban administration, IT and communications, and energy and the environment.

The list illustrates the continuing digital progress in Germany, said bitkom in its press release.

“None of the cities lost ground in digitalization compared to last year,” explained organization president Achim Berg. “The apex has gotten a lot broader. Whereas last year Hamburg was tops in four out of five categories, in 2022 we had a different winning city in each category. There is an immense drive toward digitalization among the cities.”

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