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Hamburg ranks fourth in study on work-life balance

40 international cities rated in terms of professional and private life

A study of a healthy work-life balance in 40 global cities has ranked Hamburg fourth with 93.57 out of a possible 100 points. The U.S. company Kisi Inc, which conducted the study, put Helsinki in first place followed by Munich and Oslo in third position. The data-driven ranking highlights work, social affairs and quality of life in cities.

Hamburg’s City Stress Score

A total of 20 criteria, taken from the World Happiness Report compiled by the World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), were evaluated. These included weekly working hours, the duration of paid parental leave, health care, leisure activities and general satisfaction in relation to work, social affairs and the quality of life in the city. The Hanseatic city scored points based on a comparatively low “City Stress Score” and the number of holidays. While Japanese take an average of only 9.8 days off, residents of Hamburg take about 29.6 days off.

Three German cities in top 10

European cities performed significantly better in terms of work-life balance than Asian or U.S. cities. Three German cities reached the top 10 ranking namely Munich (2), Hamburg (4) and Berlin (6). This trend was recently confirmed by the Happiness Index compiled by Kununu, a subsidiary of Xing. Hamburg is home to particularly happy and satisfied employees, according to the index.

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