• Country: Spain
  • Population: 1,641,656
  • Member of Covenant of Mayors?: Yes
  • Politician Who Signed: Xavier Trias, Mayor
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Main Contact

  • Contact: Joan Battle i Montserrat, ICT/eGovernment department
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City introduction

Barcelona is the capital and largest city of Catalonia, as well as the second most populous municipality of Spain. With a population of 1.6 million within city limits, its urban area extends to numerous neighbouring municipalities within the Province of Barcelona, home to around 4.7 million people.

In 1986, Spain enters the European Community. The same year, Barcelona is chosen as host city of the 1992 Summer Olympics. These two events will foster the development of Barcelona: a large urban regeneration process is accompanied by a greatly increased international reputation as a touristic destination, due in particular to its eigh UNESCO World Heritage Sites.


Beyond the smart city

Barcelona has long been a leader in the smart city movement: incorporating smart sensors and big data analytics into parking and transportation services, waste management, measuring air quality and parkland irrigation.

In 2014, Barcelona was awarded with the first European Capital of Innovation prize for ‘introducing the use of new technologies to bring the city closer to citizens’.

Each year, Barcelona hosts Europe’s largest exhibition fair for smart city solutions: the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC). During the 2016 edition, Barcelona City Council presented its ‘Barcelona, Digital City’ plan, a roadmap for technological sovereignty for 2017-2020, centred on the values of an open, equal, circular and democratic city. Headed by the Commissioner for Technology and Digital Innovation, Francesca Bria, ‘Barcelona, Digital City’, starts a new participatory process for the common construction of public policies on technological innovation in the city, based on real issues perceived by sectors of the public or groups affected by these policies.

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