23 January 2024

Stavanger named one of the world’s most livable cities

We are very pleased to announce that a recent survey by ECA International identifies Stavanger as one of the world’s most livable cities, and notably the most livable city in Norway.

Each year, ECA International conducts a comprehensive ranking of places worldwide, focusing on the living conditions for expats in 500 different cities.

The consulting firm assesses a range of factors including the accessibility of healthcare services, housing conditions, availability of social networks and leisure activities, cost of living, air quality, personal safety, as well as social and political tensions.

Stavanger has secured a prestigious position on the podium among 500 potential cities, standing alongside Bern in Switzerland and Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

– We believe that this prestigious acknowledgment will hopefully benefit the whole region of Rogaland, attracting attention and opportunities that contribute to the area’s growth and prosperity, director at the Stavanger Region European Office, Runa Monstad said.

At the top of the list is Bern, earning extra points for clean air and low crime rates, followed by Eindhoven, a well-known technology and design hub, home to the tech-giant Phillips. 

The Norwegian energy capital, Stavanger, secures the third position, outperforming other potential Norwegian candidates such as Oslo, Bergen, and Tromsø.

Smaller cities are doing well

– It is not surprising to see smaller European locations like Eindhoven, Stavanger, Rotterdam, Gothenburg and The Hague in the top ten. They tend to have excellent facilities and infrastructure, as larger cities do, but they also benefit from lower crime rates and air pollution levels than big cities, Neil Ashman, Senior Location Ratings Analyst at ECA, said in a press release.

Geneva takes the fourth spot, followed by Copenhagen. Two Dutch cities, Rotterdam and The Hague, follow closely. It’s not until the seventh position that the Swedes make an appearance with Gothenburg, followed by Amsterdam in the ninth position and Basel in the tenth position



Håkon Langeland