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2007 Fast Cities

SEOUL, South Korea

Population > 9.6 million

Leading indicator > No. 4 patent generator in the world

Fast companies > Samsung Electronics; LG Electronics

Seoul is South Korea's "center of gravity," says think tank Demos. No longer just a hub for copycat technology, the city benefits from terrific basic education, as well as both the Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and Seoul National University, which together attract most top Korean students. Add in high broadband penetration, research-obsessed industrial chaebol, a new wave of entrepreneurs in their thirties, and an unusually cosmopolitan generation of scientists trained in the United States, and you have a supercity in the making.

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