Groningen once again tops the list of the healthiest cities in the Netherlands, while Rotterdam comes in second. Arcadis Gesonde Stud Index.
The index is based on data on air quality, noise levels and availability of public spaces, as well as accessibility to cities by bicycle, foot and public transport. Data covering 20 cities comes from public health agency RIVM.
Both cities had the same ranking in the most recent edition of the index two years ago. Emmen and Apeldoorn finished second and he third in the Healthy City Stakes, with Amsterdam and Zaandam closing in on Rotterdam at the bottom of the list. Utrecht and The Hague were 14th and he was 16th respectively.
All cities have become healthier over the past two years, researchers say, but the four largest cities have seen relatively small improvements.
They found that increasing greenery in public spaces became a priority and that development was boosted when walking became a more popular pastime after the pandemic. Demand for is also increasing.
Cities are also doing their best to combat heat stress caused by climate change, as well as reduce smog and air quality deterioration, researchers said.
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