News of: Tuesday, April 11 2006,
Amsterdam has ended on the 13th place on the list of world cities with the highest quality of living, according to the research organization Mercer.
This is down one place from the 12th position last year, and 3 places from the year before that.
In the European Union Amsterdam is listed 3rd position, after Vienna (Austria) and Copenhaguen (Denmark).
In Europe as a whole, Amsterdam ranks 5; Zürich and Geneva (both Switzerland) are again number 1 and 2 in Europe.
In the Worldwide Quality of Living Survey (carried out annually), Baghdad (Iraq) is again the least attractive city, of the 215 cities investigated.
The analysis for quality of life is done on the basis of 39 criteria, among which politics, economy, environment, social factors, and also education, personal safety, and health care. The list is created by interviews amongst international companies.