The Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranks 231 major cities around the world on quality of life. Countries with cities commonly ranked in the top 50 include Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden and the United States. Vienna has been ranked first for eight consecutive years.
The quality of living survey is conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments. The survey also identifies those cities with the highest personal safety ranking based upon internal stability, crime, effectiveness of law enforcement and relationships with other countries.
Western European cities dominate the top of the 2017 Quality of Living Rankings, with Vienna remaining in the number one spot for the eighth year in a row. London, Paris, Tokyo and New York City fail to make the top 30.
These are the 10 cities ranked as having the best quality of living in the world.
1. Vienna (Austria)
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. There are more than 35,000 allotment gardens in the city.
2. Zurich (Switzerland)
Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zürich. Crime rates are low.
3. Auckland (New Zealand)
Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. There are a large number of beaches within easy reach for residents.
4. Munich (Germany)
Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria, on the banks of River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. The city is a German powerhouse with some of the best infrastructure in the world.
5. Vancouver (Canada)
Vancouver is a coastal seaport city in Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. The city is committed to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
6. Dusseldorf (Germany)
Düsseldorf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the seventh most populous city in Germany. The city has a vibrant art and fashion scene.
7. Frankfurt (Germany)
Frankfurt am Main is a metropolis and the largest city in the German state of Hesse and the fifth-largest city in Germany, with a 2015 population of 731,095 within its administrative boundaries, and 2.3 million in its urban area. Wages are high – median monthly earnings are more than 4,000 euros.
8. Geneva (Switzerland)
Geneva is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich) and is the most populous city of Romandy, the French-speaking part of Switzerland. A true international city – 41 percent of the population are foreigners.
9. Copenhagen (Denmark)
Copenhagen is the capital and most populous city of Denmark. A city of cyclists – there are more bikes than cars.
T-10 Basel (Switzerland)
Basel is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. The small city of just around 165,000 people is located in the border triangle between Germany, France and Switzerland, and has beautiful surroundings and a strong economy.
T-10. Sydney (Australia)
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. The city represents 7 percent of the country’s economy, with finance and financial services the largest employer with 22 percent of all workers.
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