A funny thing happened when pollsters for the European Union started asking questions of people in the small Danish city of Aalborg just over a year ago: Nearly every single person they talked to said they were satisfied to live there.
Aalborg, though, was not an outlier in the survey. Ninety-eight percent of people in Hamburg and 97 percent of people in Zurich also described themselves as satisfied residents of their respective cities. In Stockholm and Amsterdam, the figure was 96 percent; in Vilnius and Berlin, 93 percent; in Paris, 88 percent; in London, 87 percent. The statistic was lowest in Athens (Athina in Greek), but even there, a majority of people there said they were satisfied. These results are reported in the chart above.
On the whole, 80 percent of those surveyed said they were satisfied with where they live, but the researchers asked other questions, too. The public transportation system in Palermo is very unpopular, they found, while people in Helsinki are very pleased with the Finnish capital’s sports facilities.
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