Nordic cities not best for quality of life

Cities around world listed for safety and quality
Despite recent security issues and economic concerns, Europe’s cities continue to offer some of the worlds’ highest quality-of-living, according to a new quality of life survey. As ever, Scandinavia offers some of the world’s best conditions for residents, tourists and expats living here – but not as high as you might think.
Copenhagen placed 9th in Mercer’s 18th annual Quality of Living survey, which is aimed at companies sending employees to work overseas, Stockholm 19th, and Oslo and Helsinki joint 30th. However, the Nordic capitals placed well above, say, London in 72nd.
Safety in particular is a key factor for multinationals to consider when sending expatriate workers abroad, Mercer stressed. Other factors influencing the results include internal stability, crime, performance of local law enforcement, public services and transportation, and the countries’ relationships with other nations.
Vienna continues its reign at the top spot for overall quality of living, followed by Zurich (2), Auckland (3), and Munich (4). Vancouver (5) is North America’s highest ranking city and Singapore is the highest ranking Asian city, in 26th place.
Luxembourg tops the personal safety list, followed by Bern, Helsinki, and Zurich, all in 2nd place. Stockholm placed 6th for safety, Copenhagen 11th. Lowest for personal safety in Europe is Moscow (206), while Baghdad (230) and Damascus (229) are the world’s least safe cities.
Western European cities have some of the highest quality of living worldwide, with seven places in the top 10. In 69th place, Prague is the highest ranking city in Central and Eastern Europe. The lowest ranking cities in Europe are Kiev (176), Tirana (179) and Minsk (190).
Quality of Living remains high in North America, where Canadian cities dominate. In the United States, San Francisco (28) ranks highest, followed by Boston (34), Honolulu (35), Chicago (43) and New York (44). In Mexico, Monterrey (108) is the highest ranking city, whereas Mexico City ranks 127th. In South America, Montevideo (78), Buenos Aires (93) Santiago (94) are the highest ranking cities for quality of living; Bogota (130), La Paz (156) and Caracas (185) rank lowest.
The vast region of Asia has considerable variation in quality of living. In 26th, Singapore remains its highest ranking city; Dhaka (214) is lowest. Following Singapore in SE Asia are Kuala Lumpur (86), Bangkok (129), Manila (136) and Jakarta (142). Japanese cities rank highest in Eastern Asia, with Tokyo 44th.
New Zealand and Australia have some of the highest quality of living worldwide. Auckland ranks 3rd globally, Sydney 10th, Wellington 12th, Melbourne 15th. In the Middle East and Africa, Dubai (75) ranks highest followed by Abu Dhabi (81) and Port Louis (83) in Mauritius. Here’s the top 30:
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
11 Amsterdam Netherlands
12 Wellington New Zealand
13 Berlin Germany
14 Bern Switzerland
15 Toronto Canada
15 Melbourne Australia
17 Ottawa Canada
18 Hamburg Germany
19 Luxembourg Luxembourg
19 Stockholm Sweden
21 Brussels Belgium
21 Perth Australia
23 Montreal Canada
24 Stuttgart Germany
24 Nurnberg Germany
26 Singapore Singapore
27 Adelaide Australia
28 San Francisco United States
28 Canberra Australia
30 Helsinki Finland
30 Oslo Norway
TTG Nordic


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