Tervuren named best place to live
9 May 2006, BRUSSELS — Tervuren has been named as the most pleasant Flemish municipality in which to live, while Antwerp was rated the worst.
9 May 2006
BRUSSELS — Tervuren has been named as the most pleasant Flemish municipality in which to live, while Antwerp was rated the worst.
The research by the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, said the top three best municipalities were Tervuren, Oud-Heverlee and Bertem.
In general, the municipalities in the region from Leuven to Brussels scored extremely high.
Antwerp was rated the worst municipality, followed by Ronst and Oostende.
On commission from magazine 'Knack', researchers calculated the livability in Flanders based on 31 variable statistics. Knack wants to conduct the study every two years.
Professor Thierry Eggerickx said it was a study into the objective scientific elements that stimulate happiness.
"It is not a study into the amount of happiness that the residents of a municipality experience," he said.
The livability index was divided into four categories; the quality of the houses, the living environment (parks, open space), the socio-economic conditions (employment, part-time work) and the availability of services (public transport, hospitals).
Certain parameters were not included, such as safety and the price of real estate.
The province of Flemish Brabant emerged as the big winner, with high scores around Leuven. The cities scored less, but scored well in terms of services.
The coastal region scored badly, particularly on the socio-economic front.
Dividing into categories, Lubbeek scored best for socio-economic well being, Kraainem for housing, Hoeilaart for living environment and Boom for services.
The 'rich' municipalities — such as Keerbergen, Sint-Martens-Latem and Bonheiden — also performed well, as had been expected.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news