10 most connected cities in the world

Summary:Here are the cities with the fastest, most accessible Internet.

Being a connected city doesn't just mean faster Internet speeds, it can also benefit innovation and tourism and support the local economy and civic aspirations. But some cities put more of an emphasis on their connectedness than others.

A new report from UBM's Future Cities, looks at the 10 best "Internet cities" in the world, based on five criteria: Internet speed; access to citywide Wi-Fi (fast and free being a plus); openness to innovation; support of public data; and security and data privacy.

Based on these factors, here are the world's 10 most connected cities (in no particular order):

  • Seoul
  • Hong Kong
  • Tokyo
  • Prague
  • Amsterdam
  • Montreal
  • Seattle
  • Geneva
  • Stockholm
  • Vienna

Europe has the most connected cities, followed by Asia, and North America. Only one city is in the United States -- hardly a surprise since the U.S. doesn't even crack the top 10 of countries with the fastest Internet .

Any cities you're surprised didn't make the list?

Read more: Future Cities

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Topics: Innovation

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Tyler Falk is a freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was with Smart Growth America and Grist. He holds a degree from Goshen College. Follow him on Twitter.

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