Swiss cities retain top quality of life status

Swiss cities retain top quality of life status

Swiss cities retain top quality of life status

The capital of Austria, Vienna, ranked for the tenth consecutive year as the best in the world.

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Three Swiss cities feature in the top 10 of the latest Mercer quality of living rankingexternal link, which once again is top-heavy with European metropolises.

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The Mercer rankings are based on 39 factors across ten categories including political and social environment, socio-cultural environment (including censorship and limitations of personal freedom) recreation, housing, economic environment, public services and transport, the natural environment, availability of consumer items and health and education systems. Mercer is the world's largest human resources consulting firm headquartered in New York City. Elsewhere, Uruguay's capital Montevideo was the highest ranked in South America, while Port Louis, Mauritius, was Africa's top city.

Copenhagen is the only Danish city included in the 231-city ranking.

Globally, Vienna tops the ranking for the 10th year running, closely followed by Zürich and Vancouver.

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Mercer said the Venezuelan capital "saw life standards fall after significant political and economic instability" that led to a shortage of basic goods and an institutional crisis where the Parliament, which is not recognized by the Nicolás Maduro regime, proclaimed opposition leader Juan Guaidó as country's interim president in January.

At the same time, Baghdad ranked 231st as the city with the worst quality of living.

The safest city in Europe was Luxembourg (1), followed by Basel, Bern, Helsinki and Zurich in joint second. In the Middle East region, Dubai ranked 74, Damascus ranked 225 and Sanaa ranked 229. According to the survey, Phnom Penh is in the lowest rank in terms of personal safety.

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