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UN names Warsaw world's 19th most prosperous city


Harry
24 Oct 2012 #1
I keep telling you this place kicks ase!

A report by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme has ranked the Polish capital as the 19th most prosperous city in the world.

Some 95 cities were examined for the study, and in spite of the crisis, as many as 19 from the top 25 are in Europe, and nine of them are in the eurozone.

The City Prosperity Index (CPI) considers five key criteria: productivity, quality of life, infrastructure development, equity and social inclusion.
Vienna topped the list, followed by New York, Toronto, London and Stockholm. The leading Asian city was Tokyo, followed by Seoul at 24th.

Warsaw was the highest ranked of cities that were formerly part of the communist bloc of Central and Eastern Europe, coming ahead of Prague (23rd) and Moscow (25th).

Full article here: thenews/1/12/Artykul/116023,UN-names-Warsaw-worlds-19th-most-prosperous-city
Rysavy 10 | 308
24 Oct 2012 #2
SO .... criteria:if you had large immigration influx, have a settled, modernized city, have some growth and employment available and finally everyone is equally able not not afford overhead and draw benefits..you win? 0_o

If it was growth and employment alone, they woudl have to explain why native people go to work in other countries.

Okay; that is pessimist view, but I remember when Phoenix Arizona was a GREAT place until NAFTA. Not sure I'd wanna be on the list. Now it is near my broadcast time, so I take my grumpy self away.... throw some lime, vodka asn crushed ice in my lemons and make margeritas
delphiandomine 88 | 18,475
24 Oct 2012 #3
SO .... criteria:if you had large immigration influx, have a settled, modernized city, have some growth and employment available and finally everyone is equally able not not afford overhead and draw benefits..you win? 0_o

No. Nothing of the sort, as social inclusion has nothing to do with immigration.

Do try and keep your personal racism out of things.
Ziemowit 13 | 4,262
24 Oct 2012 #4
I am amazed how Warsaw has changed since the fall of communism in 1989. But as I'm here almost every day and cannot see the "big change" at one go, I asked my Dutch friends who since 1989 have been visiting Warsaw every 5 years about this change, and yes, they said the Polish capital has truly transformed itself over all those years, although they said there were places which basically have remained the same as before, like the camp near Warsaw West railway station where they camp in their camper while in Warsaw.
OP Harry
24 Oct 2012 #5
If it was growth and employment alone, they woudl have to explain why native people go to work in other countries.

It's significantly easier for the less well qualified to get jobs in parts of the UK than in Warsaw. And they think that because they have what are to them huge salaries, they'll have lots of money to spend.

Do try and keep your personal racism out of things.

That really would be ideal.

I am amazed how Warsaw has changed since the fall of communism in 1989. But as I'm here almost every day and cannot see the "big change" at one go, I asked my Dutch friends who since 1989 have been visiting Warsaw every 5 years about this change, and yes, they said the Polish capital has truly transformed itself over all those years,

Get some photos from the mid 1990s and look closely at the background.
NorthMancPolak 4 | 648
24 Oct 2012 #6
If it was growth and employment alone, they woudl have to explain why native people go to work in other countries.

Apart from my relatives, I've only met three people from major Polish cities: a nurse from Poznan (great bloke), and my ex-girlfriend and her son - both from Bydgoszcz (allegedly - I suspect "wiocha" myself, lol).

Of the remainder, none came from Warsaw or the major cities, but small towns/villages I'd mostly never heard of. That tells you a lot about the kind of people who move from Poland to the UK. Most of the educated big-city Poles can find work back home, even if they have to move to Warsaw to do it lol. Just like over here, really - if you want to "make it", you probably have to move to London.

I keep telling you this place kicks arse!

I've been saying it for years. Americans may knock it, but it's a city full of potential. Those who know, know. Those who don't know... get to know ;)


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