Copenhagen beats popular European cities such as London, Barcelona and Stockholm in a recent survey of the most livable cities in the world.
Copenhagen ranks number nine in the world according to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey, which ranks cities by the quality of life they offer expatriate executives and their families across the world.
- The rating reflects the fact that we have much to offer when it comes to providing a good base for expats coming to work in Denmark. I think one of the most important things to emphasize is the good work-life balance in Denmark, where the management structure is mostly flat and informal, and everybody can speak out their opinion. Also, the Danish welfare state provides its citizens with high standards of social welfare such as free education and healthcare, says Pia Olsen Dyhr, Minister for Trade and Investment in Denmark.
Copenhagen beats Stockholm and Oslo
In Europe, Vienna takes the lead in the rating followed by Zürich. Bern shares a ninth place together with Copenhagen, which gets the highest ranking of all Scandinavian cities. For instance, Stockholm is ranked number 20, Oslo is number 33 and Helsinki is number 35.
Mercer, a provider of advice to multinational companies on international assignments, conducts the yearly survey to help governments and multinational companies compensate their employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.
The survey covers 221 cities in the world where living conditions are evaluated according to different factors such as the political and social environment, public services and transportation, health and sanitation and more.
It is far from the first time that Denmark gets good ratings in international surveys.
Denmark consistently ranks very high on the World Bank’s “Doing Business” index, which compares business regulation in 183 economies in the world.
In the 2012 report, Denmark ranks number five globally.