by Lucas Migray – columnist
Last week I already talked about the best cities to live and work. But good job opportunities are not everything. Quality of life in a city also plays an important role in the decision to accept a job offer or not.
In the past, life in big cities was not particularly good. After the Industrial Revolution, many people moved to the cities because they had more opportunities to get a job in the factories. But the cities were dirty, with plenty of smoke and disease. Only with the Belle Epoque in France did this trend change.
Not only the cities became more beautiful, but also the working conditions became better over the years. Therefore, the quality of life also increased. Especially in Europe, great importance is attached to cities that are worth living in. It is therefore not surprising that European spots dominate the quality of life rankings.
Every year, the well-known consulting firm Mercer publishes a report naming the most livable cities in the world. In 2019, eight European cities have made it into the top 10, with six of them located in German-speaking countries.
1st place: Vienna, Austria
2nd place: Zurich, Switzerland
3rd place: Auckland, New Zealand/Munich, Germany/Vancouver, Canada
6th place: Düsseldorf, Germany
7th place: Frankfurt, Germany
8th place: Copenhagen, Denmark
9th place: Geneva, Switzerland
10th place: Basel, Switzerland
Although we already took a look at the city of Munich last week, I would like to take Munich as an example again today. So what is so special about Munich?
Liveable cities score points not only with clean air. They offer security, freedom and infrastructure. Although all German cities score highly on safety, Munich is the safest city in Germany with over a million inhabitants.
“Crime rates are low, law enforcement is efficient, and social and political conditions are stable,” explains Mercer expert Ulrike Hellenkamp. “In addition, Munich offers an excellent range of international schools, a good urban infrastructure and a wide variety of leisure activities – an aspect that exerts a strong attraction on younger expatriates.”
He goes on to say:
“Munich has made great efforts in recent years to attract talent and companies, for example by continuously investing in high-tech infrastructure. Another focus has been the promotion of cultural institutions. These steps have led to the capital of Bavaria moving up to third place in the overall ranking”.
Munich has been moving in an upward spiral for decades: many companies are settling in the state capital and the surrounding area. As a result, almost every school leaver has a perspective for training and employment. Prosperity contributes to people’s sense of security and the income from trade tax allows for a steady expansion of the infrastructure. These in turn are factors that attract companies.