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Oliver Walter  Identity Verified
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May 31, 2010

Mercer (I think they are Human-Resources consultants) has just published a survey with its ratings of the quality of life in 221 cities around the world. You can see Mercer's own summary here:
http://www.mercer.com/qualityofliving
According to this survey, the cities with the best quality of living include (with their numerical rankings):
1. Vienna
2. Zurich
3. Geneva
4. Vancouver
5. Auckland
39. London
221. Baghdad

To assess the quality of living, about 30 criteria were used, listed here:
http://www.mercer.com/referencecontent.htm?idContent=1380465
and they included (just a few examples) crime, hospital services, public transport, food, housing, climate.
Based instead on solely ecological criteria (water, waste, atmosphere, congestion) the ranking is rather different, including
1. Calgary
2. Honolulu
3. Ottawa
13. Auckland
19. Zurich
25. Geneva
44. Vienna

Rankings 1-50 are shown here:
http://www.mercer.com/qualityoflivingpr#City_Ranking_Tables

Oliver


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I would choose... May 31, 2010

Cambridge, U.K.

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I thought so... May 31, 2010

Michael J.W. Beijer wrote:
Cambridge, U.K.

When I saw that, I thought "I bet he lives in Cambridge!"


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I'd choose May 31, 2010

Vallée d'Aoste! But Lisboa has a good quality of life too

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Calgary is a great city to live in but ...... this past weekend it was still snowing!

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Uppsala Sweden

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xxxJon O  Identity Verified
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Vienna, really?? Jun 1, 2010

I currently live in Vienna and if this is the best the world has to offer, oh dear! 13C and rainy on 1st June.
I whisper it gently, but it seems to me that most of the cities near the top of the list are in places which one might regard as somewhat......boring.
If this ranking were termed the 'Comfort of Living Index' then perhaps its results might ring more true.

[Edited at 2010-06-01 09:26 GMT]


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Different criteria Jun 1, 2010

Jon O wrote:
I currently live in Vienna and if this is the best the world has to offer, oh dear! 13C and rainy on 1st June.

Well, here in north-west greater London it's 14C and rainy today, but it's not always like that. Earlier this year it has been -5C and a week or two ago it was 27C.
Jon O wrote:
I whisper it gently, but it seems to me that most of the cities near the top of the list are in places which one might regard as somewhat......boring.
If this ranking were termed the 'Comfort of Living Index' then perhaps its results might ring more true.

On one of the two web pages I mentioned, it does point out that the report concerns "quality of living" not "quality of life", and this report is in particular for companies who want to send staff to work in different countries and are considering, for example, how much to pay them. It claims "Mercer has designed an objective way of measuring quality of living for expatriates based on factors that people consider representative of quality of living."
To my knowledge, Vienna has at least good public transport, shopping, theatre and opera. I remember being there just after the new combined tram/underground system opened a new station near the Votivkirche in 1961 (perhaps 1962?).


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Quality of living Jun 1, 2010

Comparing the cost of housing versus its quality, the weather conditions and the travel and entertainment opportunities - I would trade my current location (London,UK) for Cape Town (RSA) immediately. Yet Europe still seems safer and closer to my homeland (Czech Republic). So I´d say the topic should be specified according to preferences or even age groups of individuals.

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