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Mercer Releases 2019 Quality of Living Rankings

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Global consulting leader Mercer in March 2019 released its annual Quality of Living Rankings. Mercer’s global Quality of Living Survey compared 230 cities considered to be global assignment destinations for expatriates across multiple factors. These included political and social envrionment, consumer goods availability, housing, public services and transport, medical and healthcare, natural environment, school and education and recreation.

The Top 10 ranked cities for 2019 are:

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Vancouver, Canada
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Auckland, New Zealand
  6. Düsseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Copenhagen, Denmark
  9. Geneva, Switzerland
  10. Basel, Switzerland

Regional breakdown:

  • Asia-Pacific:
    • Highest Quality of Living: Singapore (25), Tokyo (49), Kobe (49)
    • Lowest Safety: Karachi (226), Bishkek (211), Phnom Penh (199)
  • Middle East and Africa:
    • Highest Quality of Living: Dubai (74), Abu Dhabi (78)
    • Lowest Quality of Living: Sana’a (229), Baghdad (231)
    • Lowest Safety: Damascus (231)
  • Americas:
    • Highest Quality of Living: Vancouver (3)
    • Lowest Quality of Living: Detroit (72), Port-au-Prince (228)
    • Lowest Safety: Caracas (222)
  • Europe: 
    • Highest Quality of Living: Vienna (1), Zurich (2), Munich (3)
    • Lowest Quality of Living: Minsk (188), Tirana (175), St. Petersburg (174)
    • Highest Safety: Luxembourg (1), Basel, Bern, Helsinki and Zurich (joint 2nd)
    • Lowest Safety: Moscow (200), St. Petersburg (197)

Mercer’s research seeks to examine the practicalities of daily life for expatriate employees and their familes whilst on international assignments. The study also aims to help multinational organizations provide adequate compensation for globally mobile employees affected by multiple quality of living factors. 

For more info including the full list of city rankings, visit https://mobilityexchange.mercer.com/Insights/quality-of-living-rankings

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