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Basel has secured 13th place overall in a PwC ranking, but it notched up second position for transport systems and infrastructure. It also performed well for cost of living.
London scored the top spot, followed by Paris, Toronto and Singapore. Zurich came in 5th position, Geneva 17th and Bern 20th.
The study ranked international cities according to criteria including the economy, adaptability and quality of life, with Basel finding itself in the top five for four categories.
For transport systems and infrastructure, Basel ranked second thanks to its “continuous improvements and expansions”, explained PwC. As well as good availability, the city’s public transport system was described as offering “relatively cheap rates”.
The index found commuting in Basel to be easier than in other cities worldwide. “Factors contributing to this ease of commuting include the fact that no distances are too long, so there are fewer traffic jams than in other cities,” said PwC.
Basel also notched up second place for cost of living, while for sustainability it ranked third, and for health and safety, fifth.