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European cities attract the most real estate investment relative to their size, says JLL

• Investment Intensity Index identifies 12 European cities in the top 30 globally for investment relative to a market’s economic size

Europe's presence can be strongly felt in a ranking of markets which attract the most real estate investment compared to their relative economic size, with 12 of the top 30 located in the region, according to JLL's Investment Intensity Index.

Oslo (1) tops the Index as a small but highly sought-after market thanks to active domestic investors. London, in second position globally, remains a favoured investment destination. Munich (3) and Edinburgh (4) round off the global top four.

European cities are seen as a safe-haven for investment dollars and continue to attract investor demand as they demonstrate high levels of transparency and sustainability together with robust technology, infrastructure and liveability credentials.

Hannah Dwyer, Head of Research at JLL Ireland said "After a 15th place finish last year, Dublin has now moved into the top 10 and is placed firmly as a world class investment location. As pricing has intensified in many of the larger global cities, New World Cities such as Dublin have increased their profile to investors as they are perceived to have better value. Dublin is a consistent, liquid market that has open and transparent operating processes, with dynamic clusters of business activity. It offers scalable real estate investment opportunities, and by ranking in 7th place, it means that it is 'punching above its weight' in terms of attracting real estate for a market of its size".

"This rise in Dublin's ranking in the last decade has happened through technology advancements and its ability to transform and adapt to a constantly changing socio-economic landscape" added Dwyer.

Other favoured New World Cities in Europe include Frankfurt (6), Copenhagen (9), Stockholm (13), Amsterdam (19) and Berlin (24).

Dublin in the top 5 for cross-border investment intensity

European cities also dominate a ranking of the markets which attract the most cross-border investment compared to their economic size, comprising 10 of the top 12 in the Index. London (1) retains its position as the world's most active cross-border market, followed by Edinburgh (2), Frankfurt (3) and  Munich (4).  Dublin rounds off the global top 5, highlighting the city's attraction as a destination for international capital.


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About the Investment Intensity Index

JLL's Investment Intensity Index compares the volume of direct commercial real estate investment in a city over a three-year period relative to the city's economic size. The Index provides a measure of real estate liquidity, as well as a useful barometer of a city's overall economic health, highlighting the cities which are punching above their weight in terms of attracting real estate investment.

Covering 150 cities around the world, this latest edition identifies the 30 cities which top the ranking for real estate investment relative to their economic size. We also reveal the top cities for cross-border investment intensity, identify the leading 'Emerging World Cities' and provide a breakdown of which cities are attracting the most intensive investment activity in the office, retail, hotel and logistics sectors.


About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $136 billion. At year-end 2016, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 77,000. As of December 31, 2016, LaSalle Investment Management has $60.1 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit