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Ranking: Hamburg among the ten most liveable cities worldwide

Hamburg is the only German city among the ten most liveable cities worldwide. Categories like healthcare, culture and stability were analysed

Hamburg is among the ten most liveable cities worldwide, according to a ranking by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist, Britain’s leading business magazine, and published in mid August 2016. Melbourne in Australia topped the ranking again. Vienna in Austria and Vancouver in Canada came second and third this year. Once a year, scientists take a closer look at lifestyle challenges in larger cities worldwide on behalf of The Economist. The Hanseatic city was able to improve its standing among the 140 cities surveyed.

Ranking considers 30 factors

Which factors determine liveability in a city? The researchers outlined 30 factors including healthcare, culture, environment, education, safety and infrastructure. Living costs were excluded and the rising fear of terrorist attacks was added to the ranking.

This so-called “stability” factor was the reason for Hamburg’s improved ranking. Sydney, for instance, dropped due to a perceived heightened terrorism threat, according to the authors. A similar perception would have also lead to a decline in the positions of Frankfurt and Berlin.

Hamburg’s strong points

Hamburg scored 95 out of 100 points in terms of liveability. Melbourne, on the other hand, came first with 97.5 points. The Hanseatic city achieved full marks in the categories “infrastructure” and “healthcare” (100 points) and also excelled in the “culture and environment” as well as “education” categories (93.5 vs. 91.7 points). In terms of “stability”, most residents of Hamburg said they felt relatively safe from terrorism and crime and the city scored 90 points in this category.

Sources and further information:
Link to ranking: pdf of study on tagesschau

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Hamburg increasingly popular among tourists

Hamburg is proving a real tourist magnet with its maritime flair, the port, Alster Lake, big, spectacular events, a wide range of museums, cultural events, fashionable creative district and many other attractions. In the first three months of 2016, the Hanseatic city had an increase of 9.8 per cent in overnight stays over the same period last year. Guests from Germany and abroad clocked up a total of 2.7 million overnight stays, according to Statistikamt Nord. New flight connections and additional port of calls by cruise ships are adding more impulses to the market.
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Working and living in Hamburg

The Hanseatic city ranks as a particularly good, verdant city with a an especially high quality of life. The so-called location factors are increasingly important for the economy. Hamburg places great emphasis on obtaining and keeping well-trained personnel and professionals. An innovative start-up scene with a good infrastructure, co-working spaces, founders’ initiatives and financing offers contribute to the city’s creative spirit and potential for innovation. This is enhanced by a vast range of cultural events and facilities such as museums, theatres, gastronomy, bars and trendy pubs. International events and, of course, the upcoming opening of the Elphilharmonie next year have pushed Hamburg up the international rankings and into the Top 10.

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