Cluj-Napoca is “the Heart of Transylvania”

The city where you want to be. The most progressive city in Europe and the city with the cleanest air in Europe. A place where the quality of food is incredible, a place that loves art, film and music, a place that welcomes young entrepreneurs to start their projects, a city you’ll fall in love with. The answer is: CLUJ NAPOCA.

With one of the most vibrant economies in the country and a population of around 330,000, Cluj, is today a vibrant cultural and educational city. Cluj-Napoca is the second largest city in Romania, after the capital Bucharest. Due to the 11 universities present here, the city is considered one of the best places to study in, from this part of Europe. Every year, more and more university graduates are calling Cluj-Napoca their “home”, thanks to the wide array of career opportunities available to them. Cluj-Napoca is “the Heart of Transylvania”: a cosmopolitan European city and an important destination for business in South-Eastern Europe, a city with a remarkable potential for foreign investments.

1. European Youth Capital in 2015

European Youth Forum awarded Cluj-Napoca the title of European Youth Capital in 2015. 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 December 2012.

7. IT Paradise of Romania

According to Forbes Romania’s top “Best Cities for Business 2015”, Cluj-Napoca is ranked 3rd city for Business in Romania and grabs the title of “IT Paradise of Romania”. And the catchphrase goes: The development of Cluj IT sector is about to consolidate the city’s position as “economic capital of Transylvania”.

The recent establishment of Cluj Innovation Park as a future hub for innovative and high-tech businesses plays a major role in the development of the city in the direction of technology innovation and information technology.

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.