Linköping offers good quality of life
It is possible to ascertain how residents experience life quality in an urban environment and compare the responses city by city. This is indicated by a major European study on life quality in six cities, including Linköping.
Six comparable European cities were included in the study QualityCities. The other cities were Evora (Portugal), Joensuu (Finland), Roskilde (Denmark), Speyer (Germany) and Tönsberg (Norway). All are middle-sized cities close to a university.
Linköping residents rank security factors, neighborhood environment, living conditions, and access to health care as contributing to a good life quality. But other factors are also named, such as a good job market, educational opportunity, living standard and environmental policies.
They are less satisfied with the situation in the public school system, citing too few teachers, with street and road maintenance, with high housing costs, integration policies and the dialogue between citizens and politicians.
"An objective has been to find a satisfactory method for measuring life quality," explains Jan Axelsson who headed up the two-year european project within the research framework 'Life quality, Townspeople, Technology' at LiU. "Civil authorities often use standard multiple-choice forms for this type of survey, where the optional responses are given. In these cases, it is easy to miss the factors that actually concern the residents of their city.
The QualityCities study has asked the townspeople to state the life quality factors that most concern them and tell how they rank their city with regard to these. Different cultures, not surprisingly, have different opinions on what is important. Residents of Linköping and Evora, for instance, do not necessarily have the same priorities.
"A secondary objective of the poll is to compare how the respondents in the different cities measure their life quality even though they may measure differently. That will help us understand the intercultural aspects and allow us to learn from each other," concludes Jan Axelsson.
Last updated: 2009-06-03