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Hamburg ranked 14th among the world's most liveable cities

"The Economist" confirms the high quality of life in Hamburg once again and names the Elbe metropolis best of all German cities. 140 cities tested world-wide.

Hamburg is one of the top 20 cities in the world. In the annual ranking of “The Economist” featuring the most livable cities in the world, the Hanseatic city came in 14th place in 2014, and not for the first time. Also in 2009 and 2011, it has been ranked 14th, and for more than five years, the Elbe city has been grouped in the world’s top 20 cities.

30 criteria evaluated

Like Melbourne, named the globe’s most liveable city the fourth year in the row by “The Economist”, Hamburg also convinced in the survey by its rich cultural landscape, leisure facilities, and diverse educational choices along with the dynamics of its economy and the low crime rate in the city-state. In total, 30 criteria are being evalued in the ranking, with points from one (unbearable) to 100 (ideal) being attributed.

Liveable and “smart”

Hamburg is not only one of the world’s most liveable cities, but also one of the top ten smart cities in Europe. The Elbecity was ranked eight in the survey of U.S. climate strategist Boyd Cohen. His ranking lists Europe‘s most innovative, environmentally-friendly and sustainable cities. Awarded the European Green Capital designation in 2011, Hamburg has been ranked 17th by Mercer in 2012 and eighth by Numbeo as one of the world‘s most liveable cities. As best practice of the wide-scale transformation Hamburg embarked on in recent years, Cohen quotes HafenCity, with 157 hectares Europe’s largest urban regeneration project.

Best quality of life in Germany’s North

Next to Hamburg, only Frankfurt ranked 18th made it into the Top 20. The German capital Berlin followed on the 21st rank, Munich (29) and Dusseldorf (32) at quite a distance. In total, 140 cities were considered in the ranking.

The Economist Intelligence Unit,

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