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May 30, 2010 – Comments (15)

I have spent most of my life living in or very close to Düsseldorf. Apparently it is not considered the worst place to live in ...


Quality of Living worldwide city rankings 2010 – Mercer survey



Europe has 16 cities amongst the world’s top 25 cities for quality of living. Vienna retains the highest ranking both for the region and globally and is again followed by Zurich (2), Geneva (3) and Düsseldorf (6). The lowest-ranking Western European cities are Leipzig (64) and Athens (75). In the UK, London is the highest-ranking city at 39, followed by newcomer to the list Aberdeen (53), Birmingham (55), Glasgow (57) and Belfast (63).
Levels of quality of living continue to improve in Eastern Europe, with most index scores increasing slightly. Prague is the highest-ranking city at 70 and its index score increased from 93.9 to 94.8 in 2010. Budapest follows in position 73 and Ljubljana in 77.
In the eco-city index, Nordic cities fare particularly well with Helsinki (3) the highest-ranked in the region, followed by Copenhagen (8) and Oslo in joint ninth place with Stockholm. “Nordic cities do particularly well because the modern parts of most of them have been designed with potential environmental impacts in mind,” said Mr Parakatil. Aberdeen (19) is the highest-ranking UK eco-city, followed by Belfast (30), Glasgow (47), London (63) and Birmingham (64).




Also see this post on Düsseldorf and some "Düsseldorf companies" (the best known of those might be Vodafone, hehe ...) and this one.

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#1) On May 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

Some other cities that "made the cut" and I have spent some time in are Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Amsterdam, London, Frankfurt (somewhat similar to Düsseldorf, not as nice though, hehe ...), Munich.

I think the "best places to live in" in Germany are Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg.

more great cities to live in.

London, Madrid, Málaga, Milan, Nice, Paris, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna.

I might also like living in Venice. And Florence ...

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#2) On May 30, 2010 at 1:18 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

Cities mentioned above I have spent more than a few weeks in.

Düsseldorf, Málaga, Berlin.

Cities mentioned above I have spent a few days in.

Paris, Rome, Florence, Madrid, London, Venice, Amsterdam.

My favourite cities in the U.S. might be New York, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco.

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#3) On May 30, 2010 at 1:26 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

So. A few great companies come from the Düsseldorf area (see the earlier posts (1,2). And living in quite a few European cities is pretty good. And that obviously helps companies "attract/keep" good people. The European VMware main offices are in Munich for example ...

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#4) On May 30, 2010 at 1:28 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

Oh, Brussels would be okay to live in as well. As would be the usual suspects in Switzerland (Zürich, Geneva) I guess ...

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#5) On May 30, 2010 at 1:38 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

Maybe if ATPG shares reach a split adjusted price of greater than 200 USD I should buy Schloß Benrath (in Düsseldorf) and live there. I really need to buy some far out of the money call options next week (see this post), hehe ...

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#6) On May 30, 2010 at 2:00 PM, clubbervision6 (27.23) wrote:

I have been living in Brussels for 6 years and I am not very excited about it! The city is dirty and dangerous, it doesnt deserve beeing the capital of Europe! Let alone the hudge political problems which paralyze many initiatives! I drive to Dusseldorf very often, its not far and its a very beautiful city! But even nicer than Dusseldorf is Munich, a city with a very high standard of living, among the highest in Germany! I would also like to live in Hamburg, Zurich, Vienna, Prague and Barcelona or Madrid. 

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#7) On May 30, 2010 at 2:05 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

Yes, Barcelona is very high on my list as well. I have not spent a lot of time in Brussels yet, but I did like it when I was there. I happen to like quite a few cities that most others consider "dirty", like Liège (very close to Aachen and Maastricht), Marseille, Naples, ...

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#8) On May 30, 2010 at 2:49 PM, JakilaTheHun (99.91) wrote:

America pretty much sucks in this department.  Sprawl, lack of public transit, pollution, and miserable commutes put us worlds behind the great European cities. 

Of all the cities in the world I'd like to visit (and possibly live in), I think Perth, Australia would top the list.  Germany seems fantanstic, but so, so cold!  (At least to a Southerner in the U.S).  

I've always wanted to visit Barcelona, as well.  In fact, I had thought about pursuing my MBA there, but decided against it due to various reasons.  

If Chicago weren't so cold, I would consider living there.  Probably my favorite of the big American cities otherwise. 

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#9) On May 30, 2010 at 3:27 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

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#10) On May 30, 2010 at 3:31 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

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#11) On May 31, 2010 at 12:38 PM, clubbervision6 (27.23) wrote:

In Belgium Liege is not considered a dirty city! And do you know why? Because they have Charleroi and Arlon, which look much, much worse! Of course that compared to Maastricht and Aachen, Liege is a shame!! I lived in Cologne, Bucharest, Belgrade, Munich, Luxembourg, Brussels and Philadelphia, and Munich is by far the nicest of them all! The weather in not the best, but the quality of life is very high. And you are not far from Austria (the Alps!) and Italy. In anyway, if you come from Quebec, in Munich you will feel like in Dubai!














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#12) On June 01, 2010 at 12:02 PM, TigerPack1 (33.55) wrote:

Doubled my real world ATPG stake around $9.50 this morning... added it to CAPS picks and have been adding to the mutual fund practice thing the last few days. 

Maybe it goes to $5-7 a share first... but long-term oil reserves and production already owned make ATPG a fine takeover candidate for a larger oil company.

Earnings and cash flows yearly, could easily eclipse sub-$10 price in 3-5 years.

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#13) On June 01, 2010 at 12:22 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

I have added to my position as well (see here and here).

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#14) On June 28, 2010 at 7:52 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

Düsseldorf region statistics.

Düsseldorf statistics.









(from here)

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#15) On December 02, 2010 at 5:47 PM, portefeuille (98.91) wrote:

a few "Düsseldorf images" are here.

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