Facts and Stats: Quality of Life in European Cities – and their View on Foreigners

Since it annoyed me that I nowhere found a simple table of the survey of the European Union about the quality of life in european cities, I just post it here. For now, it is only one big JPG I extracted from the original study because the sole data is not yet published in an Excel table. Keep in mind that the survey was done by asking the people who live in the city how they think about their city – which is not wrong or bad but just good to know.

Furthermore, I looked at the findings on foreigners which are – in my opinion – even more interesting. See below.

In general (with some main findings first):

„In all except 8 cities (Athina, Athens surroundings, Napoli, Palermo, Miskolc, Marseille, Istanbul and Ostrava), at least 80% of respondents say that they are satisfied to be living in their city.“

„Aalborg (99%), Hamburg (98%), Zurich, Oslo, Kobenhavn and Groningen (all 97%) record the highest levels of satisfaction. By contrast, satisfaction is below 75% in Athina (52%), Athens surroundings (59%), Napoli (65%), Palermo (71%) and Miskolc (73%).“

Quality of Life in European Cities. Source: EU survey Quality of Life in cities (PDF)

Quality of Life in European Cities. Source: EU survey Quality of Life in cities (PDF), page 19

On foreigners:

„In all but 5 of the cities surveyed, a majority of respondents agree that the presence of foreigners is good for the city. In 49 cities, at least 70% of respondents agree with this statement.“

The highest levels of agreement are in Cluj-Napoca (91%), Luxembourg, Krakow and Kobenhavn (all 89%), while Athina (26%), Athens surroundings (27%), Lefkosia (35%), Liege (46%) and Irakleio (48%) recorded the lowest levels of agreement.

On the question of whether foreigners are well integrated, only 6 cities recorded a level of agreement of 70% or over, and in 28 cities less than half of respondents agree. Among these 28 cities, 11 are EU capitals.“

The highest levels of agreement with this statement are in Cluj-Napoca (76%), Antalya (75%), Diyarbakir (74%), Ljubljana (73%), Groningen (71%) and Luxembourg (70%). The lowest levels of agreement are in Athina (14%), Athens surroundings (17%), Malmo (26%), Berlin (30%), Dortmund (36%), Stockholm (38%) and Antwerpen (39%).“

„In many cities, the level of agreement regarding the benefit of the presence of foreigners is significantly higher than regarding their integration. In 53 cities, the difference is at least 10 points, and in 16 cities it is at least 30 points.“

„However, compared to 2009 more people now agree that the presence of foreigners is good for the city and that foreigners are well integrated.“

Foreigners are good for the city. Source: EU survey Quality of Life in cities (PDF)

Foreigners are good for the city. Source: EU survey Quality of Life in cities (PDF), page 67

Integration of foreigners. Source: EU survey Quality of Life in cities (PDF)

Integration of foreigners. Source: EU survey Quality of Life in cities (PDF), page 72

What I wondered the most was: WHAT THE FUCK IS CLUJ-NAPOCA?

I never heard before of the second most populos city in Romania. Here it is:

That's where Cluj-Napoca lies. Source: Google Maps

That’s where Cluj-Napoca lies. Source: Google Maps

According to the Wikipedia entry over 400,000 people live in the city and the surroundings.

And here is a nice PR video about the city with a speaker who has got quite a Romanian accent. Amongst other things it shows one of „the biggest Romanian nightclubs that can host up to 1,000 people“ – and some GoGo Dancers. Now click the video:

Yeah, „Cluj-Napoca waits for you!“.

Still, I haven’t found out why the city ranks so high in the survey. It’s Friday night and there is no expert available now. I have to come back to this. But maybe someone can tell me something about it. Any Romanians from Cluj-Napoca around?

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3 Kommentare zu “Facts and Stats: Quality of Life in European Cities – and their View on Foreigners

  1. Hi,
    I’m a freelance translator living in Cluj-Napoca. What would you like to know about it?
    And yes, the English used in the video above is abysmal :)

    Cheers!
    Florin

    • Hi,

      Thanks!

      Just wanted to know why Cluj-Napoca is so immigrant-friendly. To be precise: Why do so many people think the foreigners are so well integrated? Ann idea?

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