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European City tops Quality of Life Ranking for the 8th Year in a Row


The latest city rankings place Vienna in 1st place, for the 8th year in a row, for the quality of living.

Mercer, the global consulting company, revealed its 19th annual Quality of Living survey. In it, they assessed cities around the world based on city infrastructure, including factors like the supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports.

The best overall quality of living can be found in the Austrian capital with a number of Western European cities following close behind, Zurich (2), Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and a newcomer to the list, Basel (10).

The best ranking cities in Eastern Europe are Prague (69) followed by Ljubljana (76) and Budapest (78). The ranking positions remained stable over time, with two exceptions, Brussels (27), dropping six places because of terrorism-related security issues, and Rome (57), down four places due to its waste-removal issues.

Despite political distress in many parts of the continent, many of its cities offer some of the best quality of living in the world. This renders the trust of international companies to deploy employees in high-ranking cities.

Economic instability, social unrest, and growing political upheaval all add to the complex challenge multinational companies face when analysing quality of living for their expatriate workforce,” said Ilya Bonic, senior partner and president of Mercer’s Career business in a press release. “For multinationals and governments it is vital to have quality of living information that is accurate, detailed, and reliable. It not only enables these employers to compensate employees appropriately, but it also provides a planning benchmark and insights into the often-sensitive operational environment that surrounds their workforce.”

Other high-ranking cities around the world are Vancouver (5), Toronto and Ottawa follows in 16th and 18th place respectively, whereas San Francisco (29) is the highest ranking US city, followed by Boston (35), Honolulu (36), New York (44), and Seattle (45).

In the Asian-Pacific region, Singapore keeps its highest ranking position,  Kuala Lumpur (86) follows Singapore; other key cities include Bangkok (131), Manila (135), and Jakarta (143).

New Zealand and Australia continue to rank highly too: Auckland (3), Sydney (10), Wellington (15), and Melbourne (16) all remain in the top 20.

A detailed report on each city surveyed can be found here.