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Ever wondered where to find the best quality of life in the world? Check out these rankings.

HR consulting firm Mercer has created a ranking of 450 global cities to determine their quality of living. The report is aimed at helping multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. The report takes in a number of determinants in creating the ranking.

The main determinants are:

  • Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure);
  • Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services);
  • Economic Environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services);
  • Consumer Goods Availability (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars);
  • Public Services & Transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion, etc.);
  • Political & Social Environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.);
  • Natural Environment (climate, record of natural disasters).
  • Socio-Cultural Environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom);
  • School & Education (standards and availability of international schools);
  • Medical & Health Considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution)

The Global Top 10:

City

Country

Ranking

Vienna

Austria

1

Zurich

Switzerland

2

Vancouver

Canada

3

Munich

Germany

3

Auckland

New Zealand

3

Dusseldorf

Germany

6

Frankfurt

Germany

7

Copenhagen

Denmark

8

Geneva

Switzerland

9

Basel

Switzerland

10

 

The top 10 African cities:

 

City

Country

Ranking

Port Louis

Mauritius

83

Durban

South Africa

88

Cape Town

South Africa

95

Johannesburg

South Africa

96

Victoria

Seychelles

98

Tunis

Tunisia

114

Rabat

Morocco

117

Casablanca

Morocco

124

Windhoek

Namibia

131

Gabarone

Botswana

141

In Africa, Port Louis (83) was the city with the best quality of living and also its safest (59). It was closely followed for overall quality of living by the South African cities of Durban (88), Cape Town (95) and Johannesburg (96), though these cities still rank low for personal safety, and issues around water scarcity contributed to Cape Town falling one place this year. Conversely, Bangui (230) scored the lowest for the continent and also ranked lowest for personal safety (230). Gambia’s progress toward a democratic political system and improved international relations and human rights meant that Banjul (179) had the most improved quality of living in Africa, but also in the world, rising six places this year.

“Strong, on-the-ground capabilities are integral to the global operations of most international businesses and are in large part driven by the personal and professional wellbeing of the individuals that companies place in those locations,” said Ilya Bonic, Senior Partner and President of Mercer’s Career business. “Companies looking to expand overseas have a host of considerations when identifying where best to locate staff and new offices. The key is relevant, reliable data and standardised measurement, which are essential for employers to make critical decisions, from deciding where to establish offices to determining how to distribute, house and remunerate their global workforces.”

 

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