- Austria’s capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world
- Mercer’s survey helps companies and organizations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff
The city of Vienna in Austria remains the city with the highest quality of life in the world.
In the annual ranking of the consulting firm Mercer, the Austrian capital ranks first ahead of the Swiss city of Zurich, Munich is in third place while Iraq’s capital of Baghdad remains the worst.
Vienna, which has a population of 1.8 million, has held the top rank for the ninth year in a row; mainly due to its vibrant cultural scene, comprehensive healthcare and moderate housing costs.
According to the survey of 231 cities, Europe has eight of the world’s top 10 most pleasant cities: Germany and Switzerland each have three cities in the top 10, while New Zealand, Canada and Australia each have one, Reuters reported.
Mercer’s survey helps companies and organizations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. Its criteria include political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport.