Tuesday 26 March 2019

Dublin re-enters top 10 best places for expats to live - but has 'the slowest city centre in all of Europe'

Dublin has re-entered the list for top liveable conditions after dropping off in 2017, but is one of the slowest city centre's in Europe. (stock image)
Dublin has re-entered the list for top liveable conditions after dropping off in 2017, but is one of the slowest city centre's in Europe. (stock image)
Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

DUBLIN has re-entered the top ten most liveable cities in Europe - but it has also some of the worst traffic in Europe, new research has shown.

The Irish capital is now on par with northern European cities like Luxembourg for liveability conditions, according to ECA International’s annual Location Ratings Report.

Cities around the world are evaluated annually and merited on their performance for a variety of factors, including availability of health services, housing and political tensions.

Ireland dropped off the list in 2017 due to a shortage of suitable housing for expats, but an improvement in 'personal safety' boosted its rankings this year.

According to Neil Ashman, Senior Location Ratings Analyst at ECA International, a general opinion from the expat community is that they feel safer in Dublin after dark.

Dublin is also the 23rd most liveable location for Asian expats, beating out Hong Kong.

"Dublin has a strong international expat community, which is why it also scores well for Asian expats versus cities such as Hong Kong that suffered disruption and considerable damage caused by Typhoon Mangkhut in September," Mr Ashman said.

However, a separate report by global company Inrix, who specialise in transportation analytics, found that drivers in the capital spent around 246 hours in traffic last year.

"Dublin has the distinction of having the slowest city center in all of Europe, where speeds dip as low as 6 MPH," the report said.

The city ranked in 24th place on the list of the most congested cities in Europe.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for a top spot in Europe to live, Copenhagen, Denmark and Bern, Switzerland offer the best liveability standards for European expats, scoring at the top of ECA’s ranking for over seven years.

"Cities in Scandinavia, Switzerland and the Netherlands have offered good liveability across the board for many years now; with factors such as excellent infrastructure, reliable transport systems, and a high level of healthcare all contributing to their consistently excellent liveability score," Mr Ashman said.

Outside of Europe, Canada has proven to be the most attractive country for Europeans to migrate to.

Australia and New Zealand also scored highly for European expats, with Singapore the top city in Asia.

Check out the 20 most liveable locations for European expats below;

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. Bern, Switzerland
  3. The Hague, Netherlands
  4. Geneva, Switzerland
  5. Stavanger, Norway
  6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  7. Eindhoven, Netherlands
  8. Basel, Switzerland
  9. Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
  10. Gothenburg, Sweden
  11. Dublin, Ireland
  12. Aarhus, Denmark
  13. Rotterdam, Netherlands
  14. Zurich, Switzerland
  15. Bonn, Germany
  16. Munich, Germany
  17. Vienna, Austria
  18. Hamburg, Germany
  19. Stockholm, Sweden
  20. Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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