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Worldwide Quality of Living
Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities: Zurich is in second place, with Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel, a newcomer to the list, in 10th place. The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5). The highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America are Singapore (25) and Montevideo (79), respectively.
Mercer evaluates local living conditions in more than 450 cities surveyed worldwide. Living conditions are analysed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories:
  • Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.)
  • Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services)
  • Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom)
  • Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc.)
  • Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools)
  • Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transport, traffic congestion, etc.)
  • Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc.)
  • Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc.)
  • Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services)
  • Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)
    Worldwide Quality of Living (Top 10 Rankings 2009-2017)
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    1 Vienna
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    2 Zurich
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    3 Aukland
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    4 Munich
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    5 Vancouver
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    6 Dusseldorf
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    7 Frankfurt
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    8 Geneva
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    9 Copenhagen
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    10 Sydney
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    10 Basel
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