QUALITY OF LIFE IN VARIOUS PLACES AROUND THE WORLD
presents a very different reality from country to country.
cinema, books and news in general can help us understand the differences between
the world's various locations, but
travelling is the
only easy and efficient way of understanding its diversity.
And it can
suddenly happen that we realise how profoundly different, interesting and
attractive other realities can be, to varying degrees, in relation to our own.
certain point in life one can ask oneself if it is time to change the place in
which one lives or, at least, to spend some time in other parts of the world.
question rises from the peculiar sensation that time is unique and will pass and
that it is better, where possible, to spend it in the best place available.
It is a
question of quality of life or, rather, simply living well.
When a town
has a high quality of life, it means the majority of its population can
benefit from a series of political, economic and social advantages which let
them easily and discreetly develop their own human potential and conduct a
relatively serene and satisfying life.
be, for example, that a rich and elderly couple decide to establish themselves
in the best place on Earth to spend their last years, or another similar
various official classifications, on which more information can be by following
the links at the bottom of this article.
To define the
quality of life in a city or state, it is necessary to observe different aspects
and criteria; besides, classifications which take several sectors into account
can sometimes have ramifications.
which usually dominate the ranking are those such as the Swiss Zurich and
Geneva; Vienna, in Austia; Singapore generally and as far
as infrastructure is concerned; Japanese cities such as Tsukuba,
Yokohama or Tokyo; Chinese cities such as Hong Kong, the
special administrative region of the People's Republic of China; Canadian cities
such as Vancouver (often in first place), Toronto and Calgary.
the USA such as New York, Atlanta and Pittsburgh; cities in
New Zealand like Auckland; cities in Australia like Sydney,
Melbourne or Perth; and those in France such as Paris often
of note could be Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and
Berlin in Germany, Copenhagen in Denmark, and London, England.
principal function of a city is to transform power into structure, energy into
culture, dead elements into living art symbols, and biological reproduction into
social creativity" - Lewis Mumford, town planner.
As far as
regards the best countries of the world, we can denote the following as
coming first according to the various criteria: Norway, Australia, Iceland,
Japan, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Sates,
Canada, Luxembourg, Belgium.
standard of living in the United States of America (USA) is perhaps the highest
in the world, but since the crisis of 2008 the population has often
encountered problems with security and livelihood maintenance.
ranked highly in the past but has dropped several positions recently: one of the
disadvantages is a very high cost of living; what is more you are likely to lead
a stressed lifestyle and may often have to remind yourself of the joys in
life, while mindfulness of these is very much alive among the populations of
South East Asia such as
Thailand or South America such as Brasil.
however, deserves a particular mention as it is a unique city, and different to
almost any city in England.
the most beautiful cities of the world we can cite
Paris, New York,
Sydney, London, Rome,
Bangkok, Barcellona, San Francisco, Venice, Cape Town, Istanbul,
Melbourne, Hong Kong, Singapore, Kathmandu, Prague, Vancouver, Buenos Aires, Rio
de Janeiro, Berlin, Montreal, Edinubrgh, Hanoi, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Florence,
Dublin, Mexico City, Krakow, Toronto, Cairo, Chicago, Madrid, Munich, Athens,
Vienna, Marrakech, Perth, Shanghai, Stockholm, Seattle, Saint Petersburg,
Moscow, Salvador da Bahia, Pechino, Helsinki, Auckland, Manila, Chiang Mai,
Zanzibar, Bombay, Siena, Lubiana, Seoul, Taipei, Panama, Berna, Dubai,
Hiroshima, Santo Domingo, Miami, Oslo, Detroit, Jakarta, Fez.
- New York
a very individual city: if we were to take cities such as San Francisco
(USA), Toronto (Canada), Vancouver (Canada), Detroit (USA) or New York (USA) and
put their centres together, we would probably have a vague idea of how Tokyo is.
actually say that the skyscrapers of New York, for example, are the symbol of
the city but are not representative of it, as the skyscraper zone stretches
only so far, with the remaining buildings being normal shops or houses with
truly incredible, as it is almost entirely tall buildings or skyscrapers,
streets which cross over each other maybe at the fourth or fifth floor in a knot
which the train goes through on the first level, the metro on the second, with
two more on top for cars and if you live on the twentieth floor you have cars
passing by beneath your window! A stratified society, metro lines plunging below
the earth, manmade islands, raised levels, centreless, or with many centres,
points where the city becomes denser as if through magnetism or something
the city of trees, renaissance artworks and antiquity. A volatile
city where life and art melt into each other, where the clouds part as
soon as the rain finishes to make way for a brilliant sun and sky. Walking
through the central zones of the Eternal City will always provoke an
aesthetic joy, while in the evening we are spoilt for choice between the
popular dishes of eateries and the more chic restaurants.
- Rio De Janeiro
- Cittą del Capo
- San Francisco
- Hong Kong
CHOOSING A LIVING DESTINATION
personally had to choose a place to live on a permanent basis, I would
direct myself towards the city with the highest quality of life and livelihood
possibilities, and would go to the "world's most beautiful cities" only
occasionally, on vacation.
there are then other factors which influence all of us when choosing a
permanent living location, such as work and proximity to family.
eyes of the various criteria, Italy is not rated particularly badly nor
very highly: summed up, Italy still offers a good life but the beautiful
South is unfortunately still in a negative position compared to the North.
often damaged by immorality, chaotic street traffic, pollution, unfair
management of public resources, lack of respect for one's neighbour (who is seen
as an enemy and not as an object of respect as he is englobed in the same
community and is therefore a precious thing), unemployment, corruption and
bureaucracy, overly high prices, excessive taxation due to a lack of correct
management of public wealth, and public transport which is often inefficient and
However, Italy has seas and lakes the colour of sapphires, stupendous mountains
and beaches, 60% of humanity's artistic treasures and an almost
Italy seems to have a healthcare system which ranks second in the world (the
first would appear to be France's).
most famous Italian cities we can safely cite Rome, Venice,
Florence and Milan (as Italy's business and fashion capital).
most famous products characteristic of Italy we can cite pizza,
espresso coffee, vineyards and wine, and opera.
what should I
look for when leaving my home town?
all areas, full respect for the rules of education and communal living,
excellent public transport, a crime and violence rate close to zero, speedy
bureaucracy, a satisfyingly pleasant appearance and the possibility to enjoy
yourself, helping you be more efficient and live more efficiently.
every time I go and visit a city in Italy, I return home somewhat more stressed
than when I left: statistically the probability of coming home with increased
stress and anxiety levels is quite high.
We have only
one life, and stress is certainly lesser when we encounter problems from the
environment we happen to be in if it provides a higher quality of life: in
this way we are free to live better, work better, and reach higher states of
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QUALITY OF LIFE IN ITALY: A RANKING OF ITALIAN CITIES
classification criteria includes standard of living, the work and business
situation, public services and the environment, law and order, population and
opportunities for free time.
most highly ranking cities according to these criteria we find the following
cities...Aosta, Belluno, Bolzano, Sondrio, Trento, Trieste, Milano, Siena,
most favourable cities we may cite Milan, Rome and Turin (in twentieth,
twenty-eighth and sixty-sixth place respectively).
best regions (according to the 2008 Sole 24 ore list) are the Valle
d'Aosta, Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Emilia Romagna (with
its clean and crime-free cities such as the splendid Ferrara), the Marches, the
Veneto, Lombardy and Tuscany.
Giuseppe W Pellegrino
Mercer's Quality of Living
Durata e qualitą della
vita nel mondo
libertą nel mondo
Qualitą della vita in Italia secondo il Sole 24 Ore
Qualitą della vita in Italia
Aosta prima in qualitą della vita
- La qualitą della vita nel
mondo : Social watch : rapporto 2001, Bologna : EMI,
- Fuligni, Paolo 1948
La metropoli umana : economia e politica per la qualitą
della vita nelle cittą di oggi / Paolo Fuligni, Paolo
Rognini, Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2007
- Una cittą in salute :
healthy urban planning a Milano : un approccio e un
programma per una cittą pił sana, vivibile, ospitale /
Paola Bellaviti (a cura di), Milano: FrancoAngeli, 2005
- La qualitą della vita:
filosofi e psicologi a confronto : atti del Convegno
ideato e diretto da Giancarlo Trentini e Carmelo Vigna / a
cura di Alberto Peratoner e Alberto Zatti, Milano :
- La cittą dell'uomo:
contributo all'analisi della qualita della vita a Lecce e
nel Salento / introduzione a cura di Mario Signore,
Lecce : Milella, 2001