These are Germany’s smartest cities

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These are Germany's smartest cities


The digital association Bitkom has once again chosen the “smartest” cities in Germany. We’ll tell you what’s behind it and why Hamburg was able to secure first place again.


According to the digital association Bitkom, Hamburg remains the city with the highest degree of digitization.


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According to the digital association Bitkom, Hamburg remains the city with the highest degree of digitization.


With the Smart City Index, the digital association Bitkom has tried since 2019to determine the degree of digitization in major German cities. To this end, the makers look, among other things, at what the online accessibility of the city administration looks like, how well a city is positioned in terms of Internet infrastructure, how high the proportion of electric vehicles is, whether there are sharing options for local transport and how the urban digital industry is well positioned.

Smart City Index: The results for 2020 at a glance. (Graphic: Bitkom)

As last year, Hamburg remains in the lead on points and can thus defend its title as the “smartest” city in Germany. According to the digital association, the Hanseatic city is particularly well positioned to face the competition, especially in the areas of mobility and digital citizen participation. The authors of the Smart City Index praise the multimodality app from the Hamburg transport company.

Smart City Index: Munich and Cologne can catch up

Munich was able to rise significantly. While it was only enough for fifth place in 2019, the Bavarian capital jumps to second place in the new edition of the Smart City Index. Cologne can grow even more. The carnival stronghold improved by five positions and ended up in third place. Cologne is also a national leader when it comes to digital infrastructure.

In a comparison of the federal states, Baden-Württemberg scores points. The in Smart-City-Index recorded cities of the green and black ruled country score better than the average on average. In North Rhine-Westphalia, however, it is the other way around. There is no difference between East and West Germany. According to Bitkom, the eastern German cities are generally worse positioned in the area of ​​digital infrastructure, but they can often compensate for this deficiency with particularly well implemented options for digital citizen participation.

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