The Scottish capital was ranked alongside Paris and Copenhagen, which topped the categories for bigger populations, in the European Commission findings.
Researchers took the “cultural pulse” of 168 cities across Europe, examined how much the creative industries contributed to each economy and explored their efforts to attract talent and encourage participation in the arts.
Key factors taken into account included the range of arts venues, historic attractions and landmarks, the number of overnight stays recorded, and attendance at theatres, concerts and cinemas. The number of jobs in arts, culture, media and communications were considered, along with university rankings and the number of university graduates in subjects like arts and humanities.
This confirms what we already know – that Edinburgh is a leading UK and European cultural capital.Ian Campbell, Deputy Culture Convenor, The City of Edinburgh Council
The report states: “Edinburgh is internationally famous for its unique topography and historic architecture, with the medieval Old Town and neo-classical New Town featuring on the Unesco World Heritage Site list. “Edinburgh hosts 12 major festivals each year.
Overall, its festivals are among the biggest ticketed events in the world, and the Fringe festival is now the largest annual international arts festival.
Edinburgh also has a rich literary tradition dating back to the Enlightenment, which won the city the first title of Unesco City of Literature in 2004. “On the policy side, Edinburgh actively supports the growth of the cultural and creative sectors...