Cardiff has been surveyed as the 3rd most liveable city in Europe, but what makes Cardiff such a great place to live?
Cardiff has climbed in the Quality of Life in European Cities Survey to become the third most satisfied city in Europe. The recent survey, which judges cities based on a number of elements such as job opportunities and city facilities, has seen the Welsh capital climb from sixth place to share the top three position alongside Stockholm and Copenhagen, with Oslo and Belfast holding the top spots. Conducted by the European Union to gain a real insight into the development of Europe’s urban population, the survey also interviews residents regarding their happiness with their home city. Cardiff’s rise in the survey comes at a time when the city is undergoing massive population growth, becoming one of the most rapidly increasing areas in the UK despite the general financial downturn of recent years.
Cardiff residents reported a general satisfaction level of 95% with living in the city, alongside high contentment with the local job and housing markets. Recent shopping developments at St David’s helped the city excel in shopping experience, alongside more established locations. Castle Arcade, Cardiff’s Victorian arcade-style centre, has been the cities established home of shopping since its creation in 1887, and is now home to a wide range of established high-end boutiques. The choice and variety of the Welsh city now rivals European capitals among shoppers, marking the city as the best in the UK for consumers.
In a move to revitalise the city, a number of sporting and cultural developments have been recently completed. 2012 saw the grand reopening of the Sherman Cymru, an artistic space offering theatrical performances, dance workshops and musical performances with a dedicated bar and restaurant, forming a hub for Cardiff’s burgeoning artistic community. Welsh sport has found a natural home in Cardiff, with Principality Stadium regularly hosting international rugby matches, the International Sports Village holding world tournaments in white water rafting, canoeing and kayaking, and a host of other sporting facilities offering everything from yachting to ice skating. The British Olympics of 2012 saw a large amount of further development, meaning that Cardiff now boasts international-level facilities.
Alongside new developments, increasing happiness and a focus on cultural improvement, Cardiff holds a wealth of historical tourist and exploration opportunities. The city has a collection of beautifully preserved castles, with Cardiff Castle at Bute Park dating back to the Roman occupation, offering visitors the opportunity to experience a guided tour featuring history from Norman soldiers to wartime shelters against the backdrop of a large city centre park.
With such a great city on their doorstep the residents of Cardiff owe it to themselves to keep their home liveable as well. Britefox Cardiff is full of advice to help Cardifians make their home reach its full potential.
Cardiff’s advance in the European satisfaction ratings comes after a twenty-year period of investment and planning. With plans to provide further exciting opportunities for residents, the Welsh capital may well climb even higher in future polls.