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The 10 cities in the world with the best quality of life

Mercer, one of the largest human resource consulting firms, has released its annual survey of cities that offer the best quality of life in the world.

This ranking is one of the most complete of its kind.

It is established every year to help multinationals and other employers provide adequate benefits to their employees when they are sent on an international assignment, according to Mercer.

Without too much surprise, London, New York and Paris are not at the top of the rankings.

Mercer has examined 450 cities around the world on several criteria to list the cities offering the best quality of life:

  • The socio-political environment (political stability, crime, respect of the law ...)
  • The economic environment (exchange control, banking services ...)
  • The socio-cultural environment (accessibility and censorship of the media, restrictions on individual freedoms ...)
  • Medical and health situation (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, waste and wastewater management, air pollution ...)
  • Schools and education (levels and availability of international schools ...)
  • Public services and transport (electricity, water, public transport, congestion ...)
  • Entertainment (restaurants, theaters, cinemas, sports and leisure ...)
  • Consumer goods (food availability, daily consumption items, cars ...)
  • Housing (rentals, appliances, furniture, maintenance services ...)
  • Natural environment (climate, history of natural disasters ...)

230 cities are in Mercer's ranking.

Here are the top 10:

1. WINNER = Vienna, Austria[edit | edit source]

Vienna, Austria: NUMBER 1 in 2018

This city dominates Mercer's ranking 1st for the 8th time in a row. Located east of the Danube, Vienna is the 7th largest city in terms of population within the city limits within the EU. There is a very rich cultural life.

2. Zurich, Switzerland[edit | edit source]

The city is known as the economic and cultural core of the country, which regularly ranks at the top of the rankings of places offering the best quality of life in the world.

3. Auckland, New Zealand[edit | edit source]

The city is located near two major ports and is at the top of this ranking, thanks to its well-balanced economy and idyllic environment. It is also a very safe place.

4. Munich, Germany[edit | edit source]

Munich is the economic heart of Germany and is often at the top of the Mercer rankings.

5. Vancouver, Canada[edit | edit source]

This city is one of the densest and ethnically diverse in Canada, with 52% of the population having no English for first language.

6. Düsseldorf, Germany[edit | edit source]

The West German city is known for its fashion industry and art scene. It still ranks well in Mercer's ranking, with a good balance in the ten parameters taken into account by the firm.

7. Frankfurt, Germany[edit | edit source]

This business center is home to some of the most famous salons in the world, including the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is also a hive for professional services jobs.

8. Geneva, Switzerland[edit | edit source]

The city is considered the world's center of diplomacy. It is home to some of the richest people in the world. It is an incredibly safe place and its inhabitants have a high level of education.

9. Copenhagen, Denmark[edit | edit source]

The city has recently been cited as one of the best places to live happily on Earth. Originally, Copenhagen is a fishing village but has turned into a city with a strong urban and cultural development. She is known for her work-life balance.

10 ex aequo. Basel, Switzerland[edit | edit source]

The small town, located in the border triangle between Germany, France and Switzerland, has about 165,000 inhabitants. It offers beautiful landscapes and economic strength.

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