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Vienna is world’s most liveable city: Quality of Living Survey by Mercer

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As per 20th annual Quality of Living survey by Mercer, Austrian capital Vienna has been named the world’s best city to live in for the ninth consecutive year.

About Quality of Living survey by Mercer:

Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey assesses living conditions in 231 cities of the world on 39 factors, grouped under 10 broad categories.

  • The 10 categories are: Political and social environment, Economic environment, Socio-cultural environment, Medical and health considerations, Schools and education, Public services and transportation, Recreation, availability of Consumer goods, Housing and Natural Environment.
  • Findings of this survey enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees appropriately when placing them on international assignments.
  • In this year’s edition, a separate ranking on City Sanitation has also been provided. This ranking is based on assessment of cities’ waste removal and sewage infrastructure, levels of infectious disease, air pollution, water availability and quality.
  • Founded in 1945, Mercer is world’s largest human resources consulting firm. Its headquarters is located in New York, US.

Highlights of 20th annual Quality of Living survey by Mercer:

Although Austrian capital Vienna has topped the list, German and Swiss cities are dominating the Top 10.Vienna is world's most liveable city - Quality of Living Survey by Mercer

  • San Francisco (overall rank 30th) is the highest ranking US city.
  • Singapore at overall 25th rank and Montevideo at overall 77th rank are the highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America, respectively.
  • Capital of Mauritius, Port Louis (overall rank 83) is the best African city on the list.
  • Capital of Iraq, Baghdad (overall rank 231) has been adjudged as the least liveable city.
  • Honolulu (capital of Hawaii) has topped the inaugural City Sanitation ranking while Port au Prince (capital of Haiti) is at the bottom.

Most Liveable Cities – Top 10:

1Vienna, Austria
2Zurich, Switzerland
3Auckland, New Zealand
4Munich, Germany
5Vancouver, Canada
6Dusseldorf, Germany
7Frankfurt, Germany
8Geneva, Switzerland
9Copenhagen, Denmark
10Basel, Switzerland
10Sydney, Australia