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15 Surprising Global Technology Cities

When it comes to technology hubs around the world, the usual suspects are pretty well known. Silicon Valley, Seoul and Tokyo are usually among the first names to spring to mind.

But as technology becomes more pervasive around the world, more countries are actively wooing tech companies to set up divisions (or headquarters) in their burgeoning tech centers or foster home-grown talent through startups.

For the past couple of years, the UN's World Intellectual Property Organization has put out the Global Innovation Index, which ranks countries on everything from infrastructure to educational assets to determine their innovation capabilities and results.

Virtually all of the top countries had notable technology hubs — though not all of them were names you'd expect to hear when you think of tech centers. Here's a look at some of the up-and-coming cities in the tech world.

By Chris Morris
Posted 10 Oct. 2012

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