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Date Published: July 23, 2017, 2:38 p.m.

The city of Valencia currently counts on a total of 815,440 inhabitants and is the centre of a wide metropolitan area over 1,5 million inhabitants. It represents the 16% of the total population of the Valencia Region and is, demographically and economically speaking, the third biggest city in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona. It is located in the centre of the Mediterranean Corridor, with one of the most important ports in the Mediterranean region (5th port in freight transport).  

Valencia’s City Council is formed by more than 5,000 workers, being the most important areas: Mayor’s office, Economy and integrated projects area, Citizen safety area, Town planning, housing and urban quality area, Environment and sustainable development area, Human progress area upgrading of the public administration and Decentralization and citizenship participation area.

Social and economic indicators:

  • Population, 800,000 inhabitants
  • GDP : 97.333 Million Euros (2013, Valencia Region)
  • 3rd Spanish city with the highest economic activity
  • Located in the centre of the Mediterranean Corridor
  • 1st Spanish port in container traffic and 6th in Europe
  • 9 million sqm of industrial land
  • 5th European city in international events


Vision and experience on cities and technology

“Valencia is a go-ahead city and a pioneer in innovation. This is why we created the first Innovation Council in Spain many years ago and why we have been nationally acknowledged as a City of Science and Innovation. We are a member of the Spanish Smart Cities Network and lead the Government, Economy, and Business group to include projects such as that of electronic administration and enterprise. Furthermore, we were the first city to support and take part in the State Innovation Strategy (E2i) of the Spanish Government to give Spain an important position in world innovation.” Rita Barberá Nolla, Mayor of Valencia.