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Amsterdam safest city in EU, 6th in the world: Safe Cities Index

October 3rd, 2017

Amsterdam is the 6th safest city in the world and the safest city in Europe, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's third annual Safe Cities Index. The top 10 includes three European cities, four East Asian cities and not a single American city.

The Safe Cities Index ranks 60 major cities around the worlds on 49 factors, including infrastructure, healthcare, cyber threats and personal safety. The factors are divided into four categories - Digital Security, Health Security, Infrastructure Security, and Personal Security.

Amsterdam received an overall score of 87.26. Tokyo, the safest city in the world, scored 89.80. The Dutch capital scored well across the board, making the top 10 in three out of the four categories.
Amsterdam got its highest position in Digital Security (against cyber threats), coming in 4th place with a score of 85.79. In this category, Amsterdam is first in Europe. In Infrastructure Security (including the ones that are climate driven) the Dutch capital came in 6th place worldwide and 4th in Europe with a score of 96.05. European cities with better infrastructure security than Amsterdam are Madrid, Barcelona and Stockholm. And in Personal Security (from terrorism to urban crimes and other forms of violence) Amsterdam got 10th place worldwide and 2nd in Europe with a score of 87.42. Only Stockholm scored better in Europe.

Amsterdam's worst category is Health Security. The Dutch capital came in 12th place world wide, and 6th in Europe. Explanation of Health Security: As they look to protect their citizens, another priority for policymakers is to ensure that their cities offer adequate access to healthcare, whether that is provision of emergency services and hospitals or the operation of social care services. However, cities also need to deliver a healthy urban environment in the form of traffic management schemes, the provision of green spaces and other measures.

Top 10 Safest Cities in the world

  1. Tokyo
  2. Singapore
  3. Osaka
  4. Toronto
  5. Melbourne
  6. Amsterdam
  7. Sydney
  8. Stockholm
  9. Hong Kong
  10. Zurich

Source: Janene Pieters, October 17, 2017, nltimes.nl

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