Which is the most intelligent city in the world?

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Revealed! The 7 most intelligent cities in the world
Revealed! The 7 most intelligent cities in the world

If you're not just a fly-and-flop traveller, and are interested in a city's 'smarter' side, you might be interested to know where to find the cities with the cleverest people in the world.

A survey carried out by the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has named the seven most intelligent cities in the world.

Unfortunately, UK cities didn't make an appearance in the list, which sees around 400 cities from around the globe vie for the accolade annually, according to the Daily Mail.

NBC News reports that the entrants are whittled down by a team of academic leaders, firstly to around two dozen, before the final seven are chosen.

ICF Founder Robert Bell then visits each of the seven cities to check out and verify their credentials before one of them is awarded the most intelligent city in the world for 2013.

According to their website, ICF co-founder Lou Zacharilla announced the list at the Pacific Telecommunications Council's annual conference in Honolulu, Hawaii.

She said: "The Intelligent Community Forum named the 2013 Top7 Intelligent Communities of the Year. The Top7 list includes three from North America, two from Taiwan and two from Europe.

"The Top7 communities of 2013 have made innovation – based on information and communications technology – the cornerstone of their economies and fostered economic growth through high-quality employment, while increasing the quality of life of their citizens."

The top 7 Intelligent Communities of the Year are (in alphabetical order):

Columbus, USA
Oulu, Finland
Stratford, Canada
Taichung City, Taiwan
Tallinn, Estonia
Taoyuan County, Taiwan
Toronto, Canada

The final results, which will reveal which of these is the "most intelligent" of all will be released in June.

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