According to Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey, Amsterdam’s quality of live has improved, coming in 11th overall in the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living rankings. Previously, the city reached the 12th place.
The Quality of Living Survey
Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey — conducted to help multinational organizations compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments — ranks cities in Western Europe, New Zealand and Canada among the best in terms of such quality factors as political/social/economic environment, medical/health considerations and education. The latest edition of the survey, released in early 2014, also recognizes several emerging cities that have been investing heavily in their infrastructures to improve their quality of living and compete for expats with the highest-ranked cities.
The survey was conducted released early 2014 about 2013.
The survey assesses approximately 460 cities worldwide, of which 223 are ranked through a cross-comparison of 39 factors.
These factors are grouped into 10 categories and include concepts such as economic environment, schools and education, political and social environment and public services and transportation.
Top 5 cities 2014 (ab0ut 2013)
- Vienna, Austria
- Zurich, Switzerland
- Auckland, New Zealand
- Munich, Germany
- Vancouver, Canada
European cities 2014 (about 2013)
Overall European cities enjoy a high quality of living compared to those in other regions, with very high standards of infrastructure and health care as well as political stability and low crime levels. Düsseldorf and Frankfurt e.i. came at sixth and seventh place in the global ranking.
But those cities that received the lowest rankings in the region are found mostly in Eastern Europe (among the lowest ranked Tbilisi, St. Petersburg and Minsk), although these locations are trying to improve their infrastructure and internal stability.
Improved quality of life in Amsterdam thanks to better infrastructure
Mercer’s Antoni van Huissteden attributes higher position in Amsterdam’s ranking to improvements in accessibility within the city. For years, Amsterdam has been working to enhance infrastructure, but this made many parts of Amsterdam a kind of construction site.
However, further development on the North-South metro line has improved this situation in the past year and the reopening of the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum has contributed to a cultural flourishing in the city.
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