What the inhabitants of 82 European cities say about their everyday life

The satisfaction of the inhabitants of 82 European cities has been swept through the latest published surveys by the European Statistical Office, which provide demographic information on the European capitals, the quality of life in them and the economic and labor data related to their inhabitants.

Answers to these questions – and not only – arise from the most recent published surveys of the European Statistical Service, which provide demographic information on European capitals, the quality of life in them and the economic and labor data related to their inhabitants .

Health services, unemployment, education and training are considered to be the most important issues by residents of most cities. These three aspects are ranked above security, public transport, road infrastructure, air pollution, housing, social services and noise.

In 63 cities, health services are listed as one of the three most important issues and identified as the top issue in 27 cities. Unemployment is listed as one of the three most important issues in 52 cities and ranked 23 in top, while in 59 cities education and training are among the three major issues and in 18 cities it is the highest.

Life in the cities

Overall, there is a high level of satisfaction with the cities where those who are asked live. In 77 of 83 cities, at least 80% of respondents said they were happy with their lives there, with Vilnius being the capital city with the highest levels of satisfaction (98%). On the contrary, satisfaction is 71% in Athens, which, however, compared to a similar survey in 2012, recorded the largest increase (+15).

Public transportation

In about 40 cities, at least three-quarters of respondents say they are satisfied with public transport. Highest levels of satisfaction are recorded in Vienna (95%) and Helsinki (93%), and the lowest in Rome (30%), with Athens accounting for 72%.

Health care

The level of satisfaction from healthcare services is at least 80% in 34 cities, mainly Belgian, German and French, with Amsterdam’s first capital (91%). However, at least half of the respondents in 16 cities are unhappy, including 7 EU capitals: Athens (satisfaction: 33%), Warsaw, Budapest, Bucharest, Riga, Bratislava and Rome.

Educational infrastructure

In 17 cities, at least 80% of respondents are satisfied with the educational facilities, with Dublin being the first to 83% and Zurich in the second place. This leads us to think that this Swiss city is a perfect place for a student and cosmos values can make the relocation there way easier. The lowest places are Sofia (47%) and Bucharest (48%), while Athens is down 54%, compared with the previous survey of 2012, is the capital with the largest increase (+11) in scale of satisfaction.

Economic situation

In 14 cities, more than 85% of respondents are satisfied with their household’s financial situation. Highest levels of satisfaction are recorded in Stockholm (90%) and lowest in Athens (33%).

Finding a job

For the most part, residents of most cities say they have difficulty finding a job. It is easy to say that 72% of the Prague residents can find work, while the inhabitants of the cities of Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece who share the same opinion are less than 15%, with Athens at 10%.

Roof rental

In 45 cities, more than half of respondents disagree that it is easy to find good shelter at reasonable prices. This difficulty is particularly grave in the capitals, with nine of them more than 80% of the respondents perceived difficulties, with Paris (95%) the top. Only in Athens more than half of respondents (62%) agree that it is easy to find a good roof at a reasonable price.

Integration of aliens

In 47 cities, more than half of respondents agree that aliens are well integrated, while in 14 cities the same opinion has at least 2/3 of respondents. The highest levels of agreement with this statement are recorded in Zagreb (77%) and the lowest in Athens (21%).

Effectiveness of administrative services

In 50 cities, the majority of residents consider administrative services to help people effectively, including Luxembourg (80%). In contrast, in 15 cities at least half of respondents disagree, with Rome (27%) at first. Athens is close to 42%. Since 2012, positive attitudes have been greatest in Prague (+14) and Athens (+11).