Prague ranked among world’s top 15 cities in 2019 Quality of Life survey
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Prague ranked among world’s top 15 cities in 2019 Quality of Life survey

How’s life in Prague?

According to new 2019 quality of life rankings by Deutsche Bank, it’s pretty good. And getting better.



Prague has surged into the top 15 cities in the world in new 2019 quality of life rankings published this week in Deustche Bank’s annual survey of global prices and living standards.

At #15, the Czech capital is ranked a full 5 places higher than it was last year, when Prague came in at #20.

To determine the overall quality of life, Deutsche Bank uses a number of sub-indices including Purchasing Power, Safety, Health Care, Cost of Living, Property Price to Income Ratio, Traffic, Commute Time, Pollution, and Climate.

In a measurement that will come as a surprise to no Prague resident, the Czech capital fared worst in the Property Price to Income Level index, coming in at #36 of the 55 cities ranked in the survey.

Property prices in Prague have notoriously surged over the past five years as the city struggles to build new additional housing to accommodate a growing population.

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Prague’s climate was ranked #35, which seems about right. Looking for the world’s top-rated weather? Auckland came in at #1.

In every other index except Purchasing Power (Prague rated #27), meanwhile, the Czech capital was ranked among the top 20 countries.

Prague fared best in the Safety index, coming in at #8, and the Traffic Time Commute index at #11, thanks (presumably) to the city’s excellent public transportation network.

As is usual in these kinds of surveys, European locations dominated the top-ranked cities for quality of life: 12 of the top 25 cities were in Europe, and four of the top five.

Leading Deutsche Bank’s 2019 quality of life rankings is Zurich, as the Swiss city moves up a position from last year’s rankings. Wellington, New Zealand, which was rated the world’s top city for quality of life in 2018, falls to number two in this year’s rankings.

Copenhagen, Edinburgh, and Vienna round out the top five cities for quality of life in 2019 rankings.

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These are the top 25 cities in the world for highest quality of life in 2019, according to Deutsche Bank:

  1. Zurich, Switzerland
  2. Wellington, New Zealand
  3. Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  5. Vienna, Austria
  6. Helsinki, Finland
  7. Melbourne, Australia
  8. Boston, United States
  9. San Francisco, United States
  10. Sydney, Australia
  11. Vancouver, Canada
  12. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  13. Frankfurt, Germany
  14. Tokyo, Japan
  15. Prague, Czech Republic
  16. Auckland, New Zealand
  17. Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  18. Berlin, Germany
  19. Stockholm, Sweden
  20. Oslo, Norway
  21. Chicago, United States
  22. Brussels, Belgium
  23. Singapore, Singapore
  24. Toronto, Canada
  25. Lisbon, Portugal

Lucas Němec

Prague-based author with two decades experience living in and writing about the Czech Republic for local and international sites and publications. Nakládaný hermelín enthusiast and frequent Club-Mate drinker.

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