Amsterdam offers remarkable quality of life

Amsterdam has been named as one of the world’s best cities for quality of life. The 2018 Quality of Living ranking from multinational HR consultants Mercer ranked Amsterdam as the world’s 12th best city for the second year in a row. Vienna, the capital of Austria, took top spot for the ninth year running, followed by Zürich, Auckland and Munich, which tied for third. Amsterdam was the only Dutch city to make the ranking, which judges cities on a variety of factors, including infrastructure, sanitation standards and climate. It also looks at other issues that can affect people living abroad, including the ease of communications and crime rates.

Amsterdam excels in rankings

Though Amsterdam ranked highly in the economic climate and schools and education categories, a rise in traffic problems had a negative impact. Mercer also conducted a cost of living survey in 2018, with Amsterdam ranking as the world’s 50th most expensive city. Amsterdam and the Netherlands also excelled in business rankings in 2018, with the city being named as the world’s healthiest in one survey.

Europe continues to attract business and investment 

Despite political tensions across Europe, the survey showed that many of the continent’s cities still offer an excellent quality of life, attracting internationals from around the world. However, cities in emerging markets are making steady gains, even when faced by financial and political concerns of their own. In Amsterdam, long-term investment in infrastructure and recreational facilities is having a positive impact, luring multinational businesses and overseas talent.

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