If you ever feel like our capital ain't worth a hoot in hell compared to the other world capitals, you're in for a surprise. Out of an incredible hundred an thirty-three cities, Prague placed 13th in the quality of life ranking. Consultancy company D&L Partners determined the ranking of the cities based on the new PISCA index. It took into account various criteria, such as the availability of housing, medical care and access to education. Particular emphasis is placed on social and economic justice. With its ranking, Prague surpassed larger cities such as Amsterdam and even London.
Our capital has earned a beautiful 13th place in the ranking, mainly thanks to the high level of safety and medical care. According to the company D&L Partners, Prague has one of the densest networks of medical practises in the world. Our Slovak neighbors in Bratislava ended on the 21st place in the survey, which is also remarkable.
The first place in the ranking was taken by the city of Zurich, followed by Vienna on the second, silver place. No surprise there, a these two cities have been appearing at the forefront of similar quality of life surveys for a long time.
A huge surprise in the survey, however, was the ranking of several large and rich world metropoleis. Who would have expected London to fall all the way down to the 33rd place, or the magnificent New York to land on the 38th place. According to the authors of the ranking, this result suggests that the richest cities may not be considered to be the most successful in some ways. Quite a paradox, right?
The fairy tales from the book One Thousand and One Nights might be beautiful, describing the splendor of Cairo in a magical and colorful manner, but this city ranked last in the chart. If you were planning to move to the capital of Egypt, back off while you still can. The next few dozen places at the tail of the chart were occupied by cities from Asia, Africa, and South America, which, according to the society, are suffering from great poverty or inequality.
And what criteria did the research take into account? The society assessed the quality of life in the cities mainly on the basis of three pillars. The first pillar concerned income levels, as well as the inequalities that exist in the cities and the opportunities their inhabitants have. The second factor was concerned with the ways in which different population groups can participate in society. The last pillar measured the quality of the infrastructure, the availability of housing or sufficient job opportunities.
And where does all of this lead us? To a pretty simple conclusion. Let's be glad for what we have, because many metropolises and other large cities may well envy us, the people of Prague!