A UN study, reported here in Die Presse.com, has ranked Vienna as the most prosperous city in the world. Just behind are the cities of New York, Toronto, and London. The study which considered productivity, quality of life, infrastructure and sustainability, placed seven European cities in the top ten.
Another study, here in der Standard.at, highlights that a majority of Austrians are proud of their country. An interesting aspect of the survey is that supporters of the governing coalition (SPÖ – Social Democrats and ÖVP – conservatives) tend to be happier with the country than supports of the FPÖ (Far-Right) or Team Stronach (right of centre). Green Party supports tend to be more cautious of the whole ‘national pride’ concept.
I rather like the answers in the survey regarding which stereotypes and professions represent Austria. Top of the list is the countries winemakers.
I wish you all a happy Austria National Day from the world’s number 1 city, in a country of (mostly) happier citizens, deep within the EU & the Eurozone 🙂