Almost 60% of Barcelonans are dissatisfied with air quality and noise, according to a European Commission survey carried out in more than 80 urban centers throughout the European Union.
Although 90% of those surveyed say they are comfortable living in the Catalan capital, only 20% believe that the quality of life has increased in the last five years. In addition to dissatisfaction with pollution and noise, 80% of Barcelonans find it difficult to find a job in the city. In fact, Barcelona is among the European urban centers analyzed where residents perceive the labor market situation with the greatest concern.
It is a widespread trend in southern cities, where only one in five people see no complications in looking for work. On the other hand, in northern towns, such as Prague, Munich or Oslo, seven out of ten citizens do not detect difficulties in the workplace.
However, the people of Barcelona do approve of other advantages of the city such as the quality of the culture, the trust between neighbors or tolerance with the LGTBI community. 80% of those surveyed are satisfied with the city’s cultural facilities, a perception that is above the average for southern Europe and in line with the Nordic cities.
Specifically, more than 90% of those surveyed think that Barcelona is a good city for the LGTBI community.