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Vienna tops quality of life survey

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3. June 2010

Vienna retains the top spot as the city with the world’s best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2010 Quality of Living Survey.

The survey, by management consultancy Mercer, said Western European cities had fared well despite the global economic downturn, with Zurich coming in second place, followed by Geneva in third position.

Germany's Düsseldorf was ranked sixth and Munich and Frankfurt were tied in sixth place. In total, there were 16 European cities among the top 25 in the world.

Mercer conducts the ranking to help governments and multi-national companies compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. The rankings are based on a point-scoring index, which sees Vienna score 108.6 and Baghdad 14.7. Cities are ranked against New York as the base city, with an index score of 100.

Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer, commented: “As the world economy becomes more globalised, cities beyond the traditional financial centres are emerging as attractive places in which to expand or establish a business. Cities in many emerging markets, such as in the Middle East or Asia, have seen a significant influx of foreign companies and their expatriate employees in recent years.”

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