The survey was conducted in a total of 79 European cities. In four of these, an additional sample provided extra data, which allowed analysis of the perception of quality of life in “Greater Paris”, “Greater Lisbon”, “Greater Athens” and “Greater Manchester”. We refer to '83 cities' throughout the report, although a more accurate terminology would be '79 cities and 4 Greater cities. A complete list of these cities is included in the annexes.
This survey included all capital cities of the countries concerned (except for Switzerland), together with between one and six more cities in the larger countries. In each city, around 500 citizens were interviewed.
This survey was carried out by the TNS Political & Social network in the 28 Member States of the European Union, as well as Turkey, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland, between 21st of May and 9th of June 2015. Some 40,798 respondents from different social and demographic groups were interviewed via telephone (landline and mobile phone) in their mother tongue on behalf of the European Commission, Directorate-General for Regional and Urban Policy. The methodology used is that of Eurobarometer surveys as carried out by the Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM “Strategy, Corporate Communication Actions and Eurobarometer” Unit).