Vienna, Austria’s grand capital on the Danube river, offers the highest quality of life of the world’s cities, topping for the seventh straight year a livability list compiled by consulting firm Mercer, Reuters reported.
Hong Kong tied with Detroit, Michigan, at No. 70. Singapore came in 26th.
The survey of 230 cities is aimed at helping companies and organisations to determine compensation and hardship allowances for expatriate staff.
It uses dozens of criteria, such as political stability, healthcare, education, crime, recreation and transport.
Global centres London (39th), Paris (37th), Tokyo (44th) and New York City (tied with Tokyo) lagged behind most big German, Scandinavian, Australian and Canadian cities.
At 73rd, Seoul was slightly behind Hong Kong. Taipei was 84th. Shanghai (101st) was the highest-ranked mainland Chinese city, and Beijing trailed at 118th, edging out Guangzhou at 119th. Shenzhen was 137th, tied with Nanjing.
Vienna’s 1.7 million inhabitants benefit from the city’s cafe culture and museums, theatres and operas.
Rents and public transport costs in the city are cheap compared with those in other western capitals.
Switzerland’s Zurich, New Zealand’s Auckland, Germany’s Munich and Canada’s Vancouver rounded up the top five most pleasant cities to live in.
Baghdad was again ranked lowest in the world. Waves of sectarian violence have swept through the Iraqi capital since the American-led invasion in 2003.
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