The 10 Best Cities with the best Quality of Life in the World

Mercer is one of the world’s largest HR consultancy firms. Mercer’s  survey of 231 cities helps companies and organisations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff. Over the years, It also become an important factor for people considering moving to another city for work. Survey “Quality of Living Index” provide the list of cities with best quality of life.

Survey also includes a city infrastructure ranking that assesses each city’s factors like political, economic, environmental, personal safety, health, education, electricity, telephone, drinking water, mail services and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from their local airports.

This year, Austrian capital Vienna tops the list. Vienna is ranked first for the eighth consecutive year. While Baghdad is again considered the worst place to live.

Let’s have a look on the list of Best Cities with the best Quality of Life.


Basel (Switzerland) and Sydney (Australia)

Basel is small city of just around 165,000 people is located in the border triangle between Germany, France and Switzerland. While in sydney, English, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek and Vietnamese are the main languages spoken. It has the 7th largest percentage of foreign-born individuals in the world and immigrants account for 75 percent of Sydney’s annual population growth.


Copenhagen (Denmark)

According to the World Happiness Report 2013, compiled by the Earth Institute of New York’s Columbia University, Copenhagen is the happiest city in the world.


Geneva (Switzerland))

Geneva is is home to many cultural, historical and natural attractions while also being the hub of banking, technology and tourism. With 40% of its residents coming from outside of Switzerland, Geneva is highly educated city in the world.


Frankfurt (Germany)

Frankfurt was the centre of the Holy Roman Empire where kings – and later emperors – were crowned. This city is home to two of the EU’s highest skyscrapers – the Commerzbank (259 m) and the tower of the Exhibition Centre.


Dusseldorf (Germany)

Düsseldorf may be Germany’s business and financial centre, but with a population of under a million it’s only the seventh largest city in the country. It is known for its fashion industry and art scene.


Vancouver (Canada)

Vancouver has the 4th largest cruise ship terminal in the world. It has the highest real estate prices in Canada, also it has the mildest climate in Canada.


Munich (Germany)

Munich is Germany’s third largest city. Munich is known as the second largest publishing center worldwide, with about 250 publishing houses in the city. Well known writers from the area include Rainer Maria Rilke and Thomas Mann.


Auckland (New Zealand)

Auckland is the largest Polynesian city in the world and is also known as “the city of sails”. It has high levels of personal safety. Auckland was the capital of New Zealand for 25 years from 1842-1865


Zurich (Switzerland)

The city is known as the urban hub of Switzerland, which regularly tops not just Mercer’s list, but others as well for being one of the best city to live in the world.


Vienna (Austria)

This is ranked first for eighth consecutive time. East of the Danube River, Vienna is the seventh-largest city by population within city limits in the European Union and is rich in culture.

Mercer 2017 Quality of Living City Rankings

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