Vienna offers the world’s highest quality of living – again

We’ve Wien here before. Vienna once more tops Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey, for the 8th year in a row, coming ahead of six other European cities in the top 10:

  1. Vienna
  2. Zurich
  3. Munich
  4. Auckland
  5. Dusseldorf
  6. Vancouver
  7. Frankfurt
  8. Geneva
  9. Copenhagen
  10. Basel

According to Mercer, the data was largely analysed between September and November 2016. Regionally, Vancouver is the city with the highest quality of living in the Americas, Singapore is top in Asia-Pacific, and Dubai is highest in Africa and the Middle East.

Alongside the 2017 survey, a city infrastructure ranking was awarded that assessed things like access to electricity, phone and mail services, as well as public transportation, traffic congestion and the rage of international flights from local airports. Singapore – also a sovereign state, as well as a city –  was named best worldwide for infrastructure. This might not be a surprise:  Changi is announced year after year as the world’s best airport.

Looking at the top 10 list, all of these cities have something in common…but I can’t quite put my finger on it. They have smaller populations (London, while not enormous, is 40th for Quality of Living) and are relatively unhurried. Could it be the presence of mountains? Austria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Germany and Canada, all with snow-capped peaks, have cities in the top five. (I’m only half-joking.)

They also offer a degree of consistency. Barring disaster, Vienna will be the world’s best in 2018, and cities in Nordic countries, Canada, Australia and New Zealand will again show high rankings. European cities will continue to dominate the rankings, even amidst political and economic turbulence.

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