Outlook: Stable
Action date: 11/12/2021
Rating action: Affirmed


We maintain our credit rating on Barcelona city council at A- with a Stable outlook. The city of Barcelona is one of the leading economies nationally with a population of 1.6 million and a GDP of € 78,500 million at the end of 2020. GDP per capita in 2019 was € 52,960. The rating is based on the maintenance of the socioeconomic and financial risk profile compared to the previous review. Despite the impact of the crisis on the Barcelona economy (-11.6%) and the increase in the unemployment rate (10.6%), we expect the reactivation of the Barcelona economy mainly from the second half of the year, also relying on solid public finances. However, our rating is limited by the challenges related to the duality of the labour market and the aging population.


Date last rating: 11/12/2021
Date first rating: 06/21/2019