Hyderabad best Indian city in living standards: Mercer

Despite some rocky months politically and economically European cities still boats some of the highest quality of living worldwide. Singapore took the 25th spot for global rankings. Switzerland and Germany dominate the rest of the top ten, with other top ranked cities including Zurich (2); Munich (4); Dusseldorf (6); Frankfurt (7) and Geneva (8). Singapore topped the list ahead of Frankfurt and Munich, while Baghdad and Port au Prince ranked last.

Baghdad is again considered the worst place to live, with the Iraqi city still suffering from conflict, political unrest and poor infrastructure.

Kate Fitzpatrick, Mercer's Global Mobility Practice Leader for the UK & Ireland said: "London leads the pack [in Britain] in both the overall quality of living and this year's supplementary city infrastructure ranking, with its multiple worldwide airports and a large and comprehensive public transport network".

"Cities that rank high in the city infrastructure list provide a combination of top-notch local and global airport facilities, varied and extended coverage through their local transportation networks, and innovative solutions such as smart technology and alternative energy", said Slagin Parakatil, Principal at Mercer and responsible for its quality of living research.

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City infrastructure plays an important role when multinationals decide where to establish locations overseas and send expatriate workers, Mercer's said in a press release. When sending expatriates to new locations, important considerations include easy access to transportation and reliable electricity. The lowest ranking cities in the continent are St. Petersburg and Tirana (both ranked 176), along with Minsk (189).

Britain will struggle to compete with the elite of European capital cities for quality of life until London's traffic congestion and air pollution are dealt with, an annual survey has indicated.

For a full list of Mercer's rankings, visit their website. A city's infrastructure, or rather the lack thereof, can considerably affect the quality of living that expatriates and their families experience on a daily basis.

Here are the factors that determined the rankins? "A well-developed infrastructure can also be a key competitive advantage for cities and municipalities trying to attract multinational companies, talent, and foreign investments", said Thissen.

  • Joanne Flowers