Vienna tops the list for the world’s most liveable cities for the seventh year running in the Quality of Living rankings by consulting firm, Mercer.
In a list whose top spots are dominated by European cities, the Austrian capital scored top marks among some 230 cities surveyed for factors including political stability, crime, currency exchange, recreational facilities, housing and climate.
Following Vienna into the top ranks from Europe are Swiss cities of Zurich and Geneva, German cities Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, and Denmark’s Copenhagen. Auckland (New Zealand), Vancouver (Canada) and Sydney (Australia) finish off the top 10 as the only non-European cities.
Closer to home, Singapore fared pretty well as the top Asian city in 26th place, followed by the Japanese cities of Kobe, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo and Yokohama – all tied in 32nd place.
North America proved to have a higher quality of living compared to other continents overall, with Canadian cities dominating the regional list, Toronto (15th) and Ottawa (17th) followed Vancouver in 5th, while American cities San Francisco, Boston and Honolulu got 28th, 34th and 35th respectively.
Among the highest-ranked cities in the Middle East and Africa are Dubai (75th), Abu Dhabi (81st), Port Louis (83rd), Cape Town (92nd) and Johannesburg (95th).
Featured image from Rosewood Vienna.