Nine out of ten Nicosians happy with life in the capital

Nine out of ten Nicosians happy with life in the capital

A newly published report by the European Commission on the quality of life in European cities claims that nine out of ten people were satisfied with life in their city in 2019, including Nicosians.

 

A newly published report by the European Commission on the quality of life in European cities claims that nine out of ten people were satisfied with life in their city in 2019, including Nicosians.

Only 3.47 per cent of residents surveyed in the capital said life was bad in Nicosia, and 5.45 per cent said they did not know or did not want to reply, which leaves more than 90 per cent with the verdict it is “good to live in”. In fact, roughly 21 percent said life was ‘fair’, 38 was ‘good’ and 32 ‘very good’.

Some of the responses may have more to do with society rather than with the city itself. For example, people were asked if they could receive help from relatives or friends if they needed someone to talk to, to which 84 per cent said they could. More than 80 per cent agreed they could also count on financial help.

The vast majority, 94.5 per cent reported they had not been mugged in the past 12 months, and 92 per cent said no money has been stolen from them during the past year.

Some 83 per cent agreed it is a good city for elderly people, and 87 per cent think it is good for families with children. Just 56.7 per cent of interviewees however believe it is a good place for gays and lesbians to live.

Since it is such a good place for the elderly and families, how safe do people feel about walking in their own neighbourhood at night? Some 23.5 per cent said it was not.

When it comes to the city itself, 29 per cent believe it is not safe to walk at night.

House prices are considered problematic with 45 per cent saying it was not easy to find good housing at reasonable prices in Nicosia.

Sixty-five per cent thought it was not easy to find a good job in the city. Only 62 per cent are satisfied with cleanliness, and 46 per cent are not satisfied with public spaces such as parks and gardens.

The report is the result of 58,100 interviews conducted in 83 cities. 700 of them were interviewed in Nicosia.

The surveys covered cities from the European Union, EFTA and member candidate countries such as Turkey.

General results reflect some of the issues Cypriots find problematic.

“Nine out of 10 people are satisfied with living in their city, the rate being higher in non-capital cities and lower in cities with more than one million inhabitants. Northern European cities show the greatest satisfaction,” the European Commission announced.

“Fifty per cent of respondents think it’s easy to find a job in western and northern EU cities compared with 20 per cent in southern EU cities. Finding good housing at a favourable price seems to be easier in smaller and non-capital cities, with Athens showing the best opportunities for that among capitals, where some 60 per cent of respondents said it is easy.”

“More people feel safe in small cities, and again satisfaction is higher in northern and western cities vs southern ones. Scandinavian cities reporting highest trust in others and walking alone, the lowest rates are in Sofia, Athens and Rome.”

 

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