5. Netherlands The Netherlands continues to progress in the rankings, moving up to 5th place this year. The improvement reflects a continued strengthening of its innovative capacity as well as the ... more 
5. Netherlands The Netherlands continues to progress in the rankings, moving up to 5th place this year. The improvement reflects a continued strengthening of its innovative capacity as well as the heightened efficiency and stability of its financial markets.

Overall, Dutch businesses are highly sophisticated (4th) and innovative (9th), and the country is rapidly and aggressively harnessing new technologies for productivity improvements (9th). Its excellent educational system (ranked 5th for health and primary education and 6th for its higher education and training) and efficient markets—especially its goods market (6th)—are highly supportive of business activity.

Above: The list of the world's best cities to live in combines Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) global 'liveability' rankings with new criteria that examine 'spatial characteristics'. According to the EIU ranking, Amsterdam was rated as the second best city. less 
1 / 6
ANI
Thu, Jul 5, 2012 4:00 AM EDT