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Quality of Slovak urban life assessed

ONLY 23 percent of Slovaks are happy with the quality of life in their cities, with 63 percent perceiving the quality to be just standard, according to a recent survey conducted by the AKO agency via telephone in March 2011.

ONLY 23 percent of Slovaks are happy with the quality of life in their cities, with 63 percent perceiving the quality to be just standard, according to a recent survey conducted by the AKO agency via telephone in March 2011.

“The most important factors in judging the attractiveness of a city are its environment, safety, access to health care, cleanliness and waste management,” said Lucia Ftáčniková of AKO when presenting the survey results, the TASR newswire wrote.

Ftáčniková said Slovak urban dwellers are mainly happy with shopping, and culture and nightlife, two areas in which respondents did not see a need for improvement. However, more than half of respondents reported feeling an acute need for improvement in health care, public transport, roads, parking, living expenses, personal safety and housing prices.

The survey also found that 60 percent of those surveyed were born in the city where they currently reside, which Ftáčniková said indicates the low mobility of many Slovaks.


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