Swiss cities hold their places among world's best for quality of life

REUTERS  Leonhard Foeger  File

REUTERS Leonhard Foeger File

Despite a housing crisis, Dublin is as good a place to live in as it was this time previous year, a new survey from Mercer indicates, which also reveals that Dublin is the top ranking city across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The survey is based on 39 factors, which are grouped under 10 categories including, healthcare, education, transport and housing. Singapore (25) and Montevideo (77) were the highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America respectively. The results demonstrate that Dublin remains an attractive location for global businesses to send their employees", said Noel O'Connor, consultant at Mercer Ireland, adding, "Companies sending expatriates overseas need to get the full picture of conditions on the ground in order to compensate their employees appropriately for any decrease in living standards.

"In addition to valuable data on relative quality of living, Mercer's surveys provide hardship premium recommendations for more than 450 cities throughout the world; this year's ranking includes 231 of these cities", notes the official survey. Asian cities also scoring in the top 100 were Seoul at 79th, Taipei at number 84 and Kuala Lumpur at 85th. Dubai and Abu Dhabi top this ranking in MENA as well, also surpassing other cities around the world such as London, Paris and Los Angeles. Mercer has not yet revealed if its ranking changed this year.

"Multinational companies need a full picture of conditions on the ground to help calculate fair and consistent expatriate compensation - a real challenge in locations with a compromised quality of living", said Mr Thissen.

Auckland ranked fifth and Wellington sixth for city sanitation, with Honolulu taking first place, followed by Helsinki and Ottawa in joint second. Munich jumped to the 3 position because of "a concerted effort to attract talent and businesses by continuously investing in high-tech infrastructure and promoting its cultural facilities".

Vienna in Austria was the ranked the city with the best quality of living for the ninth year in a row‚ because it provided "high security‚ well-structured public transportation and a variety of cultural and recreation facilities".

While Vienna tops the ranking, London is placed in 41st place, Edinburgh comes in at 46th and Belfast is 68th.

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