If you want to have a great quality of life, move to Europe.The continent is home to 15 of the 25 cities with the best quality of life on consulting company Mercer’s annual ranking. Vienna took the top spot, followed by Zurich.
Mercer’s survey is intended to help multinational companies determine expatriate compensation packages.
But the data, which assesses local living conditions based on factors such as political and social environment, housing, and education, provides a fascinating insight into what life is like in cities around the globe.
Sydney boasts beautiful parks and beaches, great weather, and one of the world's most famous and exquisite opera houses.
Scenic Bern is consistently ranked as a city with a high quality of life.
The city's lovely historic old town is a UNESCO world heritage site, and it has a wide range of sports and culture for a city of just 125,000 people.
Despite its relatively small size, Geneva boasts a unique cultural scene, a thriving nongovernmental sector, and incredible natural beauty.
Located on the Rhine, Düsseldorf is one of the economic centres of West Germany.
The city is known for its abundant nightlife, annual carnival, and dozens of museums and galleries.
The only city in the Americas to make Mercer's ranking usually appears on these types of lists.
'Mid-sized cities in developed countries with relatively low population densities tend to score well by having all the cultural and infrastructural benefits on offer with fewer problems related to crime or congestion,' says Jon Copestake, editor the 2009 Economist Intelligence Unit's ranking of the world's most livable cities -- which Vancouver topped.
A mild, sunny climate, rural atmosphere, and plenty of leisure activities right at your fingertips make Auckland a great place to live.
Zurich outpaced Tokyo in 2011 as the world's most expensive city.
It's considered a fantastic place to live, for those who can afford it; the lakeside city is well-known for its museums, galleries, and theatres.
Vienna's 'livability' is pretty legendary. It's topped multiple rankings as one of the world's best cities, including the U.N.'s list of most prosperous cities.
The Austrian capital has great universities, lots of park space, and a rich tradition of culture.
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