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An annual survey conducted by Management Consultancy Mercer saw Vienna dominate the list as the only city in the world with the most excellent quality of living. The survey was carried out on 215 cities, and it saw 10 European cities garner the top 10 positions. Mercer attributes Vienna’s number one position to the political and social developments in Austria.

Zurich, which had previously occupied the first position, came second, followed closely by another Swiss city – Geneva. Vancouver, Auckland, New Zealand and Canada all settled in the fourth position. Frankfurt, Munich and Düsseldorf were the only German cities that made it to the top 10. The last two cities were Switzerland’s Bern and Australia’s Sydney.

In U.S. rankings, Honolulu, Washington and New York occupied positions 29, 44 and 49 respectively while London settled on the 38th position. Despite infrastructure developments in Baghdad, Iraq, and all the efforts by its authorities to encourage foreign investment, the city was contented in the last position.

Compared to last year’s list, Beijing has gone 3 notches higher to settle at position 113, and Singapore (Asia’s top scoring city), settled at position 26. Puerto Rico’s San Juan gained the highest ranking in Central and South America, to settle at 72, and Montevideo took the 79th position.

In a separate infrastructure ranking, Singapore came first, followed closely by Munich, Copenhagen and Tsukuba, while Baghdad again closed the list.

The Worldwide Quality of Living Survey is an annual survey conducted to help governments and corporations invent international employee packages. Mercer’s senior researcher, Slagin Parakatil said in a statement that due to the present financial crisis, cosmopolitans are looking to evaluate their transnational assignment policies, all in the name of cost-cutting. The rankings are arrived at based on 39 things that determine the quality of life such as housing and political stability.

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