Vienna named world’s number one city for quality of life. Where is London on the list?

New York and Paris fail to make top 35

Vienna

The Belvedere Palace in Vienna

In 1981, the hit single Vienna by Ultravox made it to number 2 in the UK singles chart, only being kept off the top spot by John Lennon’s solo single Woman.

Today, Lennon is gone, Ultravox have probably split up, but Vienna’s success lives on. And not only as the title of a popular song, but as a wonderful cultural destination.

The Austrian capital city has been named the world’s number one city for quality of life.

So if you want to be happy during your one chance at being alive, then perhaps it is time to learn German, sell the London pad, and get on down to Vienna, the centre of which is so bloody nice, it is a Unesco World Heritage site.

German-speaking cities dominate the top of the quality of life rankings, with Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt all hanging around the top of the list.

The highest English-speaking city is Auckland in New Zealand, at number three, and Vancouver in Canada at number five.

Other notable entries include Paris at number 37, and poor old London spluttering its way onto the list at number 39.

Still, at least New York came after us, at an embarrassing 44th place.

The international study, by Mercer, examines social and economic conditions, health, education, housing and the environment to give an overall ranking to each city.

It is influential and is used by international firms to help them assess where to locate and how much their staff should be paid.

Mercer said: “Vienna has ranked top in the last seven published rankings.

“It scores highly in a number of categories; it provides a safe and stable environment to live in, a high level of public utilities and transport facilities, and good recreational facilities.”

Best places to live in the world

Source: Mercer quality of living city survey

1ViennaAustria
2ZurichSwitzerland
3AucklandNew Zealand
4MunichGermany
5VancouverCanada
6DusseldorfGermany
7FrankfurtGermany
8GenevaSwitzerland
9CopenhagenDenmark
10SydneyAustralia
11AmsterdamNetherlands
12WellingtonNew Zealand
13BerlinGermany
14BernSwitzerland
15TorontoCanada
15MelbourneAustralia
17OttawaCanada
18HamburgGermany
19LuxembourgLuxembourg
19StockholmSweden
21BrusselsBelgium
21PerthAustralia
23MontrealCanada
24StuttgartGermany
24NurnbergGermany
26SingaporeSingapore
27AdelaideAustralia
28San FranciscoUS
28CanberraAustralia
30HelsinkiFinland
30OsloNorway
32CalgaryCanada
33DublinIreland
34BostonUS
35HonoluluUS
36BrisbaneAustralia
37ParisFrance
38LyonFrance
39BarcelonaSpain
39LondonUK
41MilanItaly
42LisbonPortugal
43ChicagoUS
44New YorkUS
44TokyoJapan
46SeattleUS
46KobeJapan
46EdinburghUK
49Los AngelesUS
49YokohamaJapan
51Washington DCUS
52MadridSpain
53BirminghamUK
53RomeItaly
55GlasgowUK
56PittsburghUS
57PhiladelphiaUS
58OsakaJapan
59AberdeenUK
60LeipzigGermany
61MinneapolisUS
62NagoyaJapan
63DallasUS
64BelfastUK
65HoustonUS
66MiamiUS
67AtlantaUS
68St. LouisUS
69PragueCzech Republic
70DetroitUS
70Hong KongHong Kong
72Pointe-a-PitreGuadeloupe
73SeoulSouth Korea
74San JuanPuerto Rico
75DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
76LjubljanaSlovenia
77BudapestHungary
78MontevideoUruguay
79VilniusLithuania
79WarsawPoland
81Abu DhabiUnited Arab Emirates
82BratislavaSlovakia
83Port LouisMauritius
84TaipeiTaiwan
85DurbanSouth Africa
86Kuala LumpurMalaysia
87AthensGreece
88LimassolCyprus
89TallinnEstonia
90RigaLatvia
91BusanSouth Korea
92Cape TownSouth Africa
93Buenos AiresArgentina
94SantiagoChile
95JohannesburgSouth Africa
96Panama CityPanama
97VictoriaSeychelles
98ZagrebCroatia
99WroclawPoland
100TaichungTaiwan
101ShanghaiChina
102Bandar Seri BegawanBrunei
103Johor BahruMalaysia
104Tel AvivIsrael
105San JoseCosta Rica
106BrasiliaBrazil
107MuscatOman
108MonterreyMexico
109BucharestRomania
110DohaQatar
111NoumeaNew Caledonia
112NassauBahamas
113TunisTunisia
114AsuncionParaguay
115SofiaBulgaria
116RabatMorocco
117Rio De JaneiroBrazil
118BeijingChina
119GuangzhouChina
120AmmanJordan
121Sao PauloBrazil
122IstanbulTurkey
123LimaPeru
124Kuwait CityKuwait
125ManausBrazil
126CasablancaMorocco
127Mexico CityMexico
128QuitoEcuador
129BangkokThailand
130BogotaColombia
131WindhoekNamibia
132ColomboSri Lanka
133ManamaBahrain
134ChengduChina
135Santo DomingoDominican Republic
136ManilaPhilippines
137NanjingChina
137ShenzhenChina
139HyderabadIndia
139XianChina
141BelgradeSerbia
142JakartaIndonesia
142GaboroneBotswana
144PuneIndia
145BengaluruIndia
146ChongqingChina
147Port of SpainTrinidad & Tobago
147QingdaoChina
149LusakaZambia
150ChennaiIndia
151KingstonJamaica
152Guatemala CityGuatemala
152MumbaiIndia
152Ho Chi Minh CityVietnam
155HanoiVietnam
156La PazBolivia
157ShenyangChina
158SarajevoBosnia-Herzegovina
159SkopjeMacedonia
160KolkataIndia
161New DelhiIndia
162DakarSenegal
163LibrevilleGabon
164RiyadhSaudi Arabia
165JeddahSaudi Arabia
166AccraGhana
167MoscowRussia
168JilinChina
169KampalaUganda
170VientianeLaos
171CairoEgypt
172ManaguaNicaragua
173San SalvadorEl Salvador
174St. PetersburgRussia
175BlantyreMalawi
176AlmatyKazakhstan
176KievUkraine
178MaputoMozambique
179TiranaAlbania
180BeirutLebanon
181CotonouBenin
182YerevanArmenia
183BanjulGambia
184NairobiKenya
185CaracasVenezuela
186TegucigalpaHonduras
187AlgiersAlgeria
188TbilisiGeorgia
189DjiboutiDjibouti
190MinskBelarus
191KigaliRwanda
191HavanaCuba
193IslamabadPakistan
194YaoundeCameroon
195Phnom PenhCambodia
196DoualaCameroon
197BakuAzerbaijan
198Dar Es SalaamTanzania
199LahorePakistan
199LuandaAngola
201YangonMyanmar
202KarachiPakistan
203TehranIran
204LomeTogo
205TashkentUzbekistan
206AbidjanIvory Coast
207Addis AbabaEthiopia
208AshgabatTurkmenistan
209HarareZimbabwe
210BishkekKyrgyzstan
211LagosNigeria
212AbujaNigeria
212DushanbeTajikistan
214DhakaBangladesh
215OuagadougouBurkina Faso
216TripoliLibya
217NiameyNiger
218AntananarivoMadagascar
219BamakoMali
220NouakchottMauritania
221ConakryGuinea Republic
222KinshasaDR Congo
223BrazzavilleCongo
224DamascusSyria
225N’DjamenaChad
226KhartoumSudan
227Port-au-PrinceHaiti
228Sana’aYemen
229BanguiCentral African Republic
230BaghdadIraq

 

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