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According to, Mercer recently came out with the newest Quality of Living City Ranking list. Foreigners still find Vienna to be the most liveable city in the world (nine consecutive years), while Budapest in ranked in the 76th place.

The New York-based business advisory company, the Mercer, examined 231 big cities from the perspective of foreigners working there. They took into consideration several aspects, such as political stability, healthcare, education, crime, free time activities and sporting opportunities.

Vienna is listed in the first place for the ninth time in a row thanks to its lively cultural life, good healthcare system and moderate housing expenses.

Out of the top 10 most liveable cities of the world, eight are found in Europe. For instance, Germany and Switzerland have 3-3 contestants in the top 10.

Top 10

  • Vienna
  • Zürich
  • Munich, Auckland
  • Vancouver
  • Düsseldorf
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • Copenhagen
  • Basel, Sydney

Based on the regional ranking, the most liveable Asian city is Singapore (25th), while the leader of Latin America is Montevideo (77th). Moreover, the highest ranked African city is Durban (89th).

Budapest is listed in the 76th place, which is not bad considering that this makes it the third most liveable city in Eastern Europe, after Prague (69th) and Ljubljana (75th), coming before Bratislava (80th) and Vilnius (81st).

According to the survey, living conditions have bettered in most Eastern European cities in the past twenty years. “Thanks to the improved quality of life, competitive labour market and talents, many Eastern European cities have become attractive destinations for multinational enterprises,” said Martine Ferland, director in charge of the European and Pacific region.

Mercer Quality of Life

For that matter, Mercer aims with the index to help multinational companies, so that they can have an idea about how they need to compensate their employees sent abroad. Therefore, the aspects mainly touch upon the needs of foreigners.

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