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Bucharest residents, among the most dissatisfied Europeans with public spaces
Bucharest - Royal Palace Square / photo source: commons.wikimedia.org

Bucharest residents, among the most dissatisfied Europeans with public spaces

Only half (56 percent) of the Bucharest residents are satisfied with the public spaces (markets, squares and pedestrian areas) in their city, Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, shows.

Europeans most dissatisfied with the public spaces in their city are the inhabitants in Valletta (41 percent), followed by those in Athens (49 percent), Rome (55 percent), Nicosia (56 percent) and Sofia (58 percent).

Nevertheless, in most capitals, inhabitants are generally satisfied with public spaces. At least 85 percent of inhabitants were very or rather satisfied with the markets, squares and pedestrian areas in their city if they lived in Luxembourg and Vienna (both 88 percent), Stockholm (87 percent), Ljubljana (86 percent) and Helsinki (85 percent).

”Generally speaking, please tell me if you are very satisfied, rather satisfied, rather unsatisfied or not at all satisfied with public spaces in your city, such as markets, squares and pedestrian areas?” This was the question asked to the inhabitants of 83 European cities in 2015.

Among these cities, Ventspils in Latvia came on top with 97 percent of its inhabitants responding that they were very or rather satisfied with the markets, squares and pedestrian areas in their city. Ventspils was followed by Rotterdam in the Netherlands (93 percent), Münster in Germany, Oviedo in Spain and Malmö in Sweden (all 92 percent), as well as Bordeaux in France (90 percent).

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