Cluj-Napoca boasts as the city with the highest quality of life in Romania in 2019 and ranks 106th out of 226 cities worldwide, reads the latest world Numbeo Index.
Therefore, according to the index, Cluj-Napoca overtakes such Romanian cities as Timişoara (126), Iaşi (143) and Bucharest (168), but also some big cities around the world like Toronto (110), Brussels (111), Madrid (112), Los Angels (113), Seoul (124), Barcelona (135), New York (140), London (163), Paris (164).
The ranking took into account the indexes of purchasing power, safety, health care, cost of living, property price to income ratio, traffic commute time, pollution and climate.
Cluj-Napoca located in the heart of Transylvania, is the fourth most populous city in Romania and is also considered the unofficial capital of the historical region of Transylvania.
Today, the city is one of the most important academic, cultural, industrial and business centres in Romania. Among other institutions, it hosts the country’s largest university, Babes-Bolyai University, with its famous botanical garden, nationally renowned cultural institutions, as well as the largest Romanian-owned commercial bank. Cluj-Napoca held the titles of European Youth Capital in 2015 and the European City of Sport in 2018.
Cluj-Napoca is home to an intense cultural life, including the visual arts, performing arts and nightlife. The city’s cultural scene dates back to Roman times: the city started to be built in that period, which has left its mark on the urban layout (centered on today’s Museum Square) as well as surviving ruins.
Cluj-Napoca is also an important economic centre in Romania, with famous local brands becoming well known in Romania and worldwide: Banca Transilvania, Farmec, Jolidon, Ursus breweries, Terapia Ranbaxy, but what has mostly gained momentum in the past decade here is the software/ IT activity, with Cluj-Napoca dubbed as Romania’s technopolis or Romania’s Silicon Valley.