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18th Mercer Quality of Life survey released; Vienna ranked best city for quality of life, Baghdad worst

The survey of 230 cities helps companies and organizations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff.

Feb 24, 2016 16:00 IST
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18th Mercer annual Quality of Living survey was released on 23 February 2016. The survey of 230 cities helps companies and organizations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff.

The list compiled by consulting firm Mercer said Vienna, Austria's grand capital on the Danube River offers the highest quality of life of all cities in the world. On the other hand, the Iraqi capital Baghdad, once more took its place at the bottom of a live ability list.

The study says that despite recent security issues, social unrest, and concern about the region’s economic outlook, European cities continue to offer some of the worlds’ highest quality-of-living.

Seven Indian cities were ranked in the list and they are  
• Hyderabad – rank 139
• Pune – rank 144
• Bangalore – rank 145
• Chennai – rank150
• Mumbai – rank 152
• Kolkata – rank 160
• New Delhi – rank 161

Top 10 countries include

Rank

City

Country

1

Vienna

Austria

2

Zurich

Switzerland

3

Auckland

New Zealand

4

Munich

Germany

5

Vancouver

Canada

6

Dusseldorf

Germany

7

Frankfurt

Germany

8

Geneva

Switzerland

9

Copenhagen

Denmark

10

Sydney

Australia

Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey assesses quality of living conditions to help multinational companies and other employers fairly compensate employees when placing them on international assignments. Mercer compiles reports for each city, providing an overview of conditions and hardship premium recommendations.

It uses dozens of criteria such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport.

Global centers London, Paris, Tokyo and New York City did not even make the top 30. Switzerland's Zurich, New Zealand's Auckland, Germany's Munich and Canada's Vancouver followed Vienna. The best African entry on the list was South Africa's Durban at 85.

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