For the ninth consecutive year, Vienna is the city with the highest quality of life in the world, according to Mercer’s Quality of Living report. Bucharest ranks 107 out of 231 analysed cities.
The Romanian capital offers a better quality of life than Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, Kuwait City, Mexico City, Istanbul, Sofia, Belgrade or Kiev.
The Austrian capital is followed by Zurich (2), Auckland and Munich in joint 3rd place. In 5th place Vancouver completes the top five and is the highest ranking city in North America. Singapore (25) and Montevideo (77) are the highest ranking cities in Asia and Latin America respectively.
Mercer’s authoritative survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive and is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. In addition to valuable data on relative quality of living, Mercer’s surveys provide hardship premium recommendations.
”Despite economic volatility in Europe due to uncertainty around Brexit as well as increased political volatility in the region overall, many of its cities still offer the world’s highest quality of living and continue to remain attractive destinations for expatriates on assignment,” according to 20th annual Quality of Living survey.
Baghdad, Bangui (Central African Republic), Saana (Yemen), and Damascus (Syria) are the lowest-ranked cities for quality of living, all of these cities being penalized for problems of political instability, extreme poverty and extreme climate conditions.