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Vilnius ranks among the top 5 cities whose inhabitants are most satisfied with their urban environment

Parade in traditional Lithuanian Song Celebration
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Parade in traditional Lithuanian Song Celebration

A survey run by the European commission showed which European cities‘ inhabitants are most satisfied with their city. The most pleased were the residents of Oslo, Zurich, Aalborg (Denmark), Vilnuis and Belfast. Vilnius found itself higher in the questionnaire than cities such as Copenhagen, Stockholm, Munich, Malaga and Hamburg. Travel On Spot suggests choosing a few of these cities to visit this summer.

It came as no surprise that the Norwegian capital Oslo, the Swiss capital of finance Zurich and the Danish city Aalborg found themselves on the list. In these cities, about 99% of inhabitants are satisfied with their lives thanks to the economical situation, job opportunities, the clean and tidy environment, clean air, cultural event, good welfare system and so on. Despite this, the levels of satisfaction among dwellers of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and Northern Ireland‘s biggest city Belfast reach a surprising 98%. The capitals of the other Baltic states found themselves in the middle of the table.

Two beautiful nordic girls at Oslo harbour
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Two beautiful nordic girls at Oslo harbour

The 200-page survey questioned 98 inhabitants of European cities several questions regarding rent prices, the city‘s environment, the region where they live, the neighbourhood, hospitals, shopping centres, cultural events, safety, ecology, quality of air, green space, job opportunities, the economical situation and the integration of foreigners.

In many of these areas, Vilnius didn‘t quite come at the top of the list, however the city, and also the other Baltic cities‘ attitudes towards their urban lives had improved much since the 2012 questionnaire. Repaired streets, tidy parks, improving economical situation, good job opportunities, improved safety, and a more lively cultural environment... these are all reasons for increased satisfaction among those living in Lithuania‘s capital.

Panorama of Vilnius
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Panorama of Vilnius

Those living in Europe‘s biggest cities – London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin – expressed more dissatisfaction with their environment. Western European cities‘ biggest problems were high rent and house prices, bad traffic and public safety problems. What‘s more, 1000s of tourists every year arriving to the already overcrowded cities cause additional problems concerning cleanliness and order.

Palermo, Sicily
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Palermo, Sicily

Among the least satisfied inhabitants were those of as many as three Italian cities. For a country which, thanks to its historical and architectural heritage, world-famous cuisine and natural beauty, is considered a paradise for tourists, some of its citizens, namely the locals of Palermo, Naples and Rome, are strongly dissatisfied with their urban environment. Here the citizens are polarised into two opposing camps of opinion in almost every point of the questionnaire, from rubbish collection to feeling safe and job opportunities. Aside from these points lingers the threat of a deep economic crisis analogous with the one felt by the Greek capital Athens.

Istanbul
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Istanbul

Despite this, the least satisfied urban dwellers are those of Istanbul. Even though it's a beautiful, historical, intriguing city connecting Europe and Asia, 16 million people living in one place gives rise to many infrastructural, safety, economical, social and cleanliness problems. That's why it is said that, although it's well worth visiting Instanbul in your life, living there is quite a challenge.

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