Vienna, the majestic capital of Austria, won for the eighth year in a row the first place in the annual list of consulting firm Mercer, cities that offer the best quality of life, while Baghdad continues to be considered the worst city to live.
The research of 231 cities helps companies and organizations to calculate fees and living allowances difficulty for international executives. The company makes use of dozens of criteria such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport.
This year’s survey was conducted, according to the company website, between September and November 2016.
Global centers of London, Tokyo, Paris and New York have failed to even climb to the top 30 cities, staying behind of most major German, Scandinavian, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian cities.
Singapore is the highest graded city in Asia, in 25th place, while San Francisco in 29th place, the best city of United States. In Africa, the best is the South African Durban, in 87th position.
The 1.8 million residents of Vienna benefit from the culture of cafes and museums, theaters and multi-city opera theater. Rents and means of transport of the city, whose architecture is strongly influenced by its past in the heart of the Habsburg Empire, is cheap compared to other Western capitals.
Zurich, Auckland, Munich and Vancouver are below Vienna in the list of five most pleasant cities one can live.