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Vienna named world’s best city to live for quality of life, but London, New York and Paris fail to make top rankings

London, Paris and New York place outside the top 35 on the list of 230 cities 

Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
Tuesday 23 February 2016 09:32 GMT
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Vienna has been named the best city in the world to live for its quality of life, beating New York, Paris and London – none of which even make it into the top 35 rankings.

The Austrian capital has topped the 18th Mercer Quality of Life survey, closely followed by Zurich and Auckland.

German cities dominated the top 10 with Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt all ranking highly.

Sydney and Vancouver were the only two other cities outside of Europe to make it into the top 10.

The annual survey assesses the socioeconomic conditions of a city in addition to health, housing and education to determine its place on the list, and is used as a tool by companies to determine where they should send staff.

Mercer includes a personal safety ranking based on internal stability, crime levels, performance of local law enforcement and the home country’s relationship with other countries.

The European cities with the best quality of life (Statista)

While Luxembourg, Bern, Helsinki and Zurich top the personal safety list, Paris, London, Madrid and Athens all rank in the 70s or below “as many suffered either terrorist attacks or social unrest in the last few years”.

Baghdad ranked as the worst city to live in both in terms of quality of life and personal safety, out of the list of 230 cities.

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