Hamburg counts among the ten most liveable cities worldwide, according to the Global Liveability Survey by Britain’s The Economist magazine Thursday (August 16, 2017). Melbourne in Australia came first for the seventh time running followed by Vienna and Vancouver. The Global Liveability Ranking ranks lifestyle challenges in 140 cities worldwide according to health services, culture, environment, education and infrastructure and other criteria. Hamburg scored particularly well this year similar to 2016.
Movers and shakers
A total of 30 factors were used to gauge the quality of life as well as the continued threat from global terrorism. Amsterdam, which has seen a decline in crime rates in recent years, moved up the ranks, as did Reykjavik. The rise is believed to stem from growing tourism and well as redevelopment in the Icelandic capital.
Winning aspects of Hamburg
Hamburg scored 95 out of 100 points compared to Melbourne, which won 97.5 points. The Hanse city scored all 100 points in terms of infrastructure and health services, 93.5 points in culture and environment and 91.7 points in the education criteria. The city scored 90 points in terms of stability after most residents of Hamburg said they feel relatively safe.
Hamburg moving up ranks of cities
In March, Hamburg was the only German city ranked by the Smart Meetings travel and event magazine among the top three global cities ahead of London, Sydney and Singapore. Smart Meetings lauded the Elbphilharmonie, the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH) and the funky St. Pauli district as key tourism factors.
In January, the New York Times Hamburg counted Hamburg among 52 Places to Go in 2017. The Hanse city was described as “a haven for architecture and design”. The opening of the Elbphilharmonie had led to Hamburg’s inclusion and as the only German city in the ranking.
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