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Hamburg rated 10th most liveable city in the world

The findings of a report released on Wednesday by The Economist’s Intelligence Unit (EIU) reveals that Germany’s Hanseatic city yet again - just like last year - ranks in tenth place.

Hamburg rated 10th most liveable city in the world
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Hamburg is one of the world’s most liveable cities, according to the 2017 Global Liveability Report, an assessment which benchmarks challenges to lifestyle across 140 cities around the globe.

The organization that conducted the research, The Economist’s Intelligence Unit (EIU), ranked Hamburg in tenth place last year as well as this year.

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Melbourne topped the list as the world’s most liveable city, whereas Syrian capital Damascus came in last place as the world’s least liveable city.

Each city in the report was assigned a score across a range of categories.

Hamburg scored 95 overall out of total rating of 100. In terms of specific categories, Hamburg got 90 points for stability, 100 points for health care, 93.5 points for the environment and culture, 100 points for infrastructure and 91.7 points for education.

With the opening in January of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie, a global attraction which is considered one of the world’s most stunning concert halls, it’s not surprising that the port city gained as many points as it did under the culture category.

“Hamburg has momentum at the moment. The opening of the Elbphilharmonie has brought entrepreneurial spirit to the city,” chief executive Rolf Strittmatter of the Hamburg Business Development Corporation told New European Economy earlier in 2017.

Many other German cities also made it onto the global ranking, though they weren't within the top ten. Frankfurt ranked in 21st place, Berlin in 23rd, Munich just slightly behind the capital city in 24th place and finally, Düsseldorf came in at 32rd place.

Looking specifically at how European cities compare in terms of liveability, Hamburg ranked higher than it did in the global assessment, coming in third place and trailing behind only Helsinki (2nd place) and Vienna (1st place).

Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich were all also ranked among the top ten most liveable European cities in EIU's report. 

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LIVING IN GERMANY

REVEALED: The most commonly asked questions about Germans and Germany

Ever wondered what the world is asking about Germany and the Germans? We looked at Google’s most searched results to find out – and help clear some of these queries up.

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Hasan Salihamidzic, the sports director of FC Bayern, arrives with his wife at Oktoberfest in full traditional dress. Photo: picture alliance/dpa |

According to popular searches, Germany is the go-to place for good coffee and bread (although only if you like the hard kind) and the place to avoid if what you’re looking for is good food, good internet connection and low taxes. Of course, this is subjective; some people will travel long stretches to get a fresh, hot pretzel or a juicy Bratwurst, while others will take a hard pass.

When it comes to the question on the bad Internet – there is some truth to this. German is known for being behind other rich nations when it comes to connectivity. And from personal experience, the internet connection can seem a little medieval. The incoming German coalition government has, however, vowed to improve internet connectivity as part of their plans to modernise the country.

There are also frequent questions on learning the German language, and people pointing out that it is hard and complicated. This is probably due to the long compound words and its extensive grammar rules, however, as both English and German are Germanic languages with similar words in common, it’s not impossible to learn as an English-speaker.

Here’s a look at some of those questions…

Why is German called Deutsch? Whereas ‘German’ comes from the Latin, ‘Deutsch’ instead derives itself from the Indo-European root “þeudō”, meaning “people”. This slowly became “Deutsch” as we know it today. It can be a bit confusing to English-speakers, who are right to think it sounds a little more like “Dutch”, however the two languages do have the same roots which may explain it.

And why is Germany so boring? Again, probably a generalisation, especially given that Germany has a landmass of over 350,000 km² with areas ranging from high rise, industrial cities to traditional old town villages and even mountain ranges, so you’re sure to find a place that doesn’t bore you to tears.

Perhaps it is a question that comes from the stereotype that Germans are obsessed with strict about rules, organised and analytical. Or that they have no sense of humour – all of these things being not the most exciting traits. 

Either way, from my experience I can confirm that, even though there is truth to German society enjoying order and rules, the vast majority of people are not boring, and I’m sure if you come to Germany you’ll meet many interesting, funny and exciting people. 

READ ALSO: 12 mistakes foreigners make when moving to Germany

When it comes to the German weather, most people assume a cold and cloudy climate, however this isn’t entirely true. While the autumn and winter, especially in the north, comes with grey skies and sub-zero temperatures, Germany can have some beautiful summers, with temperatures frequently rising above 30C in some places.

Unsurprisingly, the power and wealth of the German nation is mentioned – Germany is the largest economy in Europe after all, with a GDP of 3.8 trillion dollars. This could be due to strong industry sectors in the country, including vehicle constructions (I was a little surprised to find no questions posed on German cars), chemical and electrical industry and engineering. There are also many strong economic cities in Germany, most notably Munich, Frankfurt am Main and Hamburg.

READ ALSO: Eight unique words and phrases that tell us something about Germany

Smart and tall?

Why are Germans so tall? They are indeed taller than many other nations, with the average German measuring a good 172.87cm (or 5 feet 8.06 inches), however this may be a question better posed to the Dutch, who make up the tallest people in the world.

Why are Germans so smart? While this is again a generalisation – as individuals have different levels of intelligence in all countries – this question may stem from Germany’s free higher education system or their seemingly efficient work ethic. Plus there does seem to be some scientific research behind this question, with a study done in 2006 finding that Germans had the highest IQ in Europe.

So, while many of the questions posed about Germany and Germans on Google stem from stereotypes, we can confirm that some aren’t entirely made up. If you’re looking to debunk some frequently asked questions about France and the French, check out this article by our sister site HERE.

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