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The Best Cities to Live in

The ‘Quality of living rankings’ list by Mercer, one of the world’s largest HR consultancy firms, has this year unveiled a top ten which consists largely of European cities.

Featuring destinations with the best quality of life, the list again had Vienna on number one for the eighth consecutive time.

The Austrian capital with its coffee houses, wine taverns and historic architecture, offers the highest quality of living out of 230 cities based on criteria such as political stability, crime, currency exchange, recreational facilities, housing and climate. The report said, “With 850 parks and green spaces and 100,000 trees lining the streets, Vienna leads the way in Europe, with virtually no other major city able to claim anywhere near the same amount of public green spaces.”

Ranked second was Zurich, followed by Munich, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Copenhagen, and Basel, a newcomer on the list, and the two non-European cities Auckland and Vancouver finished the top ten.

Mercer has stated that their annual ‘Quality of living rankings’ publication is a way of helping multinational companies compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. In compiling the list, 450 cities have been assessed, with Mercer taking into account the following metrics:

  • Political and social environment
  • Economic environment
  • Socio-cultural environment
  • Medical and health considerations
  • Schools and education
  • Public services and transportation
  • Recreation
  • Consumer goods
  • Housing
  • Natural environment