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Vienna again the world's top city for quality of life

25. February 2016

For the 7th time in a row Austria’s capital city was named the world’s best city to live in by the 18th Mercer Quality of Life Study.

Vienna defended its first place in the ranking against Zurich and Auckland, which also made it to the medal ranks this year. Munich and Vancouver complete the top five. Copenhagen, which was recently named one of the happiest places in the world, was ranked 9th. Currently the worst places to live are Damascus and Baghdad which are positioned at the bottom of the list.

The annual survey carried out by Mercer , one of the world's largest HR consultancy firms, compares 230 cities worldwide based on 39 criteria such as political, social and economic climate, medical care, public services and transportation, housing or education. It is used as a tool by companies to determine where they should send their employees and how much the expats should be paid.

Vienna scores highly in a number of categories. It provides a safe and stable environment to live in, high social standards, a high level of public utilities and transport facilities, and good recreational facilities. Especially the affordable housing is a major plus in Vienna and according to the World Bank , Austria has one of the highest figures for GDP per head in the world. Furthermore, the capital city with its 1.8 m inhabitants is a hub for companies wanting to do business in central Europe. Vienna is renowned worldwide for its first-class cultural offerings and enjoys a rising popularity as a tourist destination, with a record of 14.3 m overnight stays in 2015. The city on the Danube river is simply beautiful, but see for yourself… “A Taste of Vienna