2017 was the eighth time the poll has taken place but was the first time that Gdansk was short-listed. The three-week competition saw more than 425,000 votes cast by people in 170 different countries. Gdansk finished third in the poll, won incidentally by Porto, and was the only Polish city in this year’s vote.
Gdansk proved particularly popular with voters in Denmark, Norway and Germany as well as more surprisingly Portugal, Spain and Japan. Gdansk President Paweł Adamowicz stated he believed that there were several reasons for Gdansk’s success. "Of course it was important to mobilise first of all the vote from Gdanskians and from our many friends in Poland, Europe and around the world who spoke and encouraged others. I also think that thanks to the organisation of such events as the Gdansk Millennium celebrations or Euro 2012 we believe we know how to change our city not just in order to live well here, but also to make it attractive to tourists. More and more Gdansk people feel ambassadors of their city, creating that "something" that makes people come to us and then want to come back again.”