Amsterdam safest city in Europe

Amsterdam has been ranked as the world’s fourth safest city – and Europe’s safest – in a new survey. The Economist’s Safe Cities Index 2019, a report from the magazine’s Intelligence Unit, ranks 60 cities across 57 indicators covering four main themes: digital security, health security, infrastructure security and personal security.

Amsterdam was rated the world’s fourth safest city after Osaka, Singapore and Tokyo. In the previous indexes from 2015 and 2017, Tokyo also had the highest overall score – while Amsterdam ranked sixth in 2017 and fifth in 2015. Copenhagen was the only other European city that made the overall top 10 – sharing the eighth spot with Seoul. Amsterdam tied with Stockholm as fourth safest city in terms of health security. Lagos, Nigeria once again placed last.

Amsterdam canals aerial view Cris Toala Olivares

Amsterdam excels in world rankings

According to the report, the results reflect how wealth and high levels of governmental transparency are key factors for high scores. “Overall, while wealth is among the most important determinants of safety, the levels of transparency – and governance – correlate as closely as income with index scores,” says the report’s senior editor Naka Kondo.

Amsterdam has been ranked highly in several different reports and surveys in the last few months. Just last month the Dutch capital was named the world’s best city for commuting. This year alone the city has also been named as one of the world’s smartest cities, one of Europe’s greenest capitals and as one of the world’s best cities for quality of life.

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