For the second consecutive year, Prague has fallen sharply in the global ranking of so-called smart cities, which the Swiss institute IMD and the University of Technology and Design in Singapore (SUTD) based on opinion polls among the population of 118 world capitals. Prague is now in 78th place, while last year it was 44th and the year before it even occupied the 19th position. The ranking since its creation in 2019 is dominated by Singapore. In second place is Geneva, followed by Oslo.
At the same time, Prague was offended by the relatively high rating in the first year of the ranking due to the fact that the authors began to take into account some new categories, such as awareness of traffic jams and housing availability, said Kryštof Kruliš from the non-profit organization Consumer Forum. IMD institute. In compiling the rankings, the researchers asked about 15,000 inhabitants of the world’s cities 39 questions about how satisfied they are with life in the city as its leadership.
In Prague, people said that the highest priority for them was affordable housing, the traffic situation and corruption. In these areas, the Czech capital is doing the worst according to its inhabitants. For example, she received a very below-average mark on the question of whether it is problem-free to find housing with a rent not exceeding 30 percent of monthly income in the city. It also did poorly in terms of congestion or whether digitization had a positive effect on the quality of local authority services.