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1. European Youth Capital in 2015

European Youth Forum awarded Cluj-Napoca the title of European Youth Capital in 2015. This strategic program represents an important step for our city towards the title of European Capital of Culture in 2021.
By becoming the European Youth Capital in 2015, Cluj-Napoca, the “heart of Transylvania”, has been awarded the chance to fully showcase its youth-related cultural, social, political and economic life and development in 2015 and beyond. The program is a complex one and will bringing together different social actors interested in reflecting the rich cultural diversity of our city and of the entire region, as part of the European cultural diversity.



2. Cluj-Napoca, the Capital of Tolerance

According to the audit of city life in the European Union, conducted by Eurostat in 2014, Cluj-Napoca ranked first as the most tolerant city in Europe when it comes to welcoming foreigners to move to their city. The study shows that over 90% of Cluj citizens believe that the foreign presence has a positive impact on the city. Also, 76% believe that the foreigners are well integrated into the community.



3. Cluj-Napoca, the Friendliest City in Europe

The “Quality of life in cities” report, done by Eurostat, shows that Cluj-Napoca is ranked first on the list of the friendliest cities in Europe towards foreigners. The study was conducted in 79 cities in the European Union and the data reflects the situation as of 2014.



4. Cluj-Napoca, the City with the Cleanest Air in Europe

According to a study that analyzed top 100 largest cities in the European Union, done by “Respire” Association in partnership with “We Demain” magazine, Cluj-Napoca is the least polluted city in Europe. The study gathers together the records of all European stations for measuring the quality of the air.



5. Cluj-Napoca, the City that will Shake Up the Art World in the 21st Century

Prestigious newspapers, such as The New York Times (Cluj-Napoca is called a “hub for art”) and blogs-Huffington Post (one of the twelve global cities that will “shake up the Art World in the 21st Century”), have included Cluj-Napoca on a very exclusive list of cities that will have an important saying about the future setting of contemporary art. This can also be noticed in that fact that a team of young artists brought a breath of fresh air to contemporary art and transformed our city’s former paintbrush factory into a creative space.



6. Cluj-Napoca, Economic Capital of Transylvania

Within the “Forbes Romania – Best Cities of Business 2014” Gala, the prestigious economic magazine awarded Cluj-Napoca the title of “Economic Capital of Transylvania” in 2014 for the economic development of the city in recent years.



7. Cluj-Napoca, first among growth poles concerning the absorption of European Funds

According to a study conducted by KPMG consulting company and the Management Authority for the Regional operational Programme (AM POR), Cluj-Napoca was named the most attractive growth pole in Romania. The city was also named as a good practice example at European level regarding the way in which it managed to absorb the funding for growth poles.