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Vienna named top city for quality of living
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Vienna named top city for quality of living

17/03/17Culture

According to the latest Mercer Quality of Living Survey, Vienna has been awarded the top city in the world for overall quality of living.

The consultancy’s survey aims to provide multinational organisations, government agencies and municipalities on the best cities for sending expatriates on assignment.

Ilya Bonic, senior partner and president of Mercer’s career business, said: “Economic instability, social unrest, and growing political upheaval all add to the complex challenge multinational companies face when analysing quality of living for their expatriate workforce.

“For multinationals and governments, it is vital to have quality of living information that is accurate, detailed, and reliable. It not only enables these employers to compensate employees appropriately, but it also provides a planning benchmark and insights into the often-sensitive operational environment that surrounds their workforce.”

The majority of cities on the top ten on the list are European and include: Zürich, Switzerland (2); Munich, Germany (4); Düsseldorf, Germany (6); Frankfurt, Germany (7); Geneva, Switzerland (8); Copenhagen, Denmark (9); and Basel, Switzerland (10).

City infrastructure was ranked separately, assessing factors such as each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, telephone and mail services, and public transportation as well as traffic congestion and the range of international flights available from local airports. Singapore was followed by Frankfurt and Munich, Germany both in 2nd place.

Slagin Parakatil, principal at Mercer and responsible for its quality of living research, said: “The success of foreign assignments is influenced by issues such as ease of travel and communication, sanitation standards, personal safety, and access to public services.

“Multinational companies need accurate and timely information to help calculate fair and consistent expatriate compensation – a real challenge in locations with a compromised quality of living.

“Cities that rank high in the city infrastructure list provide a combination of top-notch local and international airport facilities, varied and extended coverage through their local transportation networks, and innovative solutions such as smart technology and alternative energy. Most cities now align variety, reliability, technology, and sustainability when designing infrastructure for the future.”