If you're looking for a better quality of life, less pollution, more space, silence, tranquillity and a sense of security, you're best off heading to Western Europe. Those are the findings of a study by the company Zipjet, which has recently "examined the overall mental health" of 150 cities around the world on the basis of the main factors associated with stress, including urban aspects, pollution, finance and personal well-being.
Luxembourg is the second least stressful city
According to this study, Stuttgart is the least stressful city in the world. Hot on the heels of the capital of Baden-Württemberg, Luxembourg comes an impressive second in the list of cities where people can enjoy a stress-free lifestyle, with an overall score of 1.13 out of 10. According to those responsible for the study, a low score indicates a low stress level.
To produce this ranking of most and least stressful cities, the company analysed quality of life in 150 cities on the basis of the following criteria: city (density, green spaces, public transport, etc.), pollution (noise and light pollution, etc.), finance (unemployment, social security, purchase power, etc.) and people (physical and mental health, gender equality, etc.). So traffic jams, green spaces, security and financial status are all factors that have a direct impact on how stressed out we feel.
In general, Germany is the strongest performer in this ranking, with three other German cities coming in the top 10. Hanover is in third place, followed by Munich in fifth and Hamburg in ninth.
When it comes to the most stressful cities, unsurprisingly those countries experiencing war or poverty are in the lead. Baghdad tops the ranking of most stressful cities. The Iraqi capital is followed by Kabul (Afghanistan), Lagos (Nigeria) and Dakar (Senegal).(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)