For the third year running, Amsterdam has been named the 11th most liveable city globally on the highly-regarded Mercer Quality of Living Rankings.
Amsterdam: high scores internationally
The Mercer Quality of Living survey is conducted annually to help multi-national companies decide how much to pay employees on international assignments. This year’s ranking covers 230 cities from around the world, and takes a number of different factors into account, such as political stability, crime, banking services, media freedom, medical services, schools and education, sports and leisure, housing, and the environment. The survey also helps cities assess the factors that can improve their local quality of life, as this can be an important variable for potential employers and employees.
A leading European city
Satisfyingly for the city, Amsterdam is the only Dutch city to make it onto the list. The most liveable city in the world is named again by the survey as Vienna, for the seventh year in a row. European cities dominated the list, with seven places in the top ten. According to the survey’s media team, ‘despite recent security issues, social unrest and concern about the region’s economic outlook, European cities continue to offer some of the world’s highest quality of living’.
Amsterdam: safe and entrepreneurial
Amsterdam also came in at 16th place in terms of safety in the new Mercer survey. Likewise, a recent report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit found that Amsterdam is among the safest cities in the world. It ranked fifth on the global index, and second in Europe, also scoring highly in terms of personal safety, infrastructure and digital security, business environment, and the level of democracy. Amsterdam also came in at second place in a recent European survey of 35 major EU cities in terms of how well they support digital start-ups and scale-ups. The city frequently ranks highly on these international surveys and reports, for example for its quality of life, innovation, transport, labour pool, and competitiveness.
Find out more about Amsterdam’s entrepreneurial spirit in our Amsterdam city guide: Carl Goes Amsterdam.