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Monday, June 14, 2010

Survey:Vienna has world's best quality of life-Athens lowest Europe's (75)

Vienna has world's best quality of life: survey
NEW YORK — Vienna has the world's best quality of life and Baghdad the worst, with wildly popular but less organized cities like New York and London falling between, according to a survey Wednesday.
Mercer consultants' city rankings for 2010 lists Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Vancouver and Auckland the top five urban living destinations.
Paris comes in only at 34, London at 39, Tokyo 40, Madrid 48 and New York at a lowly 49.
The list, aimed at government or multinational human resources departments, does not pretend to rank the most exciting or energetic cities, instead concentrating on stability, safety and public services.
"Mercer evaluates local living conditions in all the 420 cities it surveys worldwide. Living conditions are analyzed according to 39 factors, grouped in 10 categories," the company says.
These include crime levels, banking services, personal freedoms, sanitation, schools, transport, and climate.
On these criteria, cities known chiefly for cleanliness and calm come out well.
Switzerland scores three times in the top 10 with the addition of Bern at number nine. Germany also has three top 10: Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.
In 10th place is Sydney, closely followed by New Zealand's Wellington at 12.
Auckland, sharing fourth place, leads Asian-Pacific cities, followed by Sydney, Wellington, Melbourne at 18 and Perth at 21. Singapore keeps its place as highest-ranking Asian city at 28, followed by Tokyo, Kobe and Yokohama in Japan.
Bottom of the Asian heap are Dhaka in Bangladesh at 206 and the ex-Soviet cities of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, and Dushanbe in Tajikistan at 209 and 210.
Nothing though can match Baghdad at 221.
"A lack of security and stability continue to have a negative impact on Baghdad's quality of living and its score remains far behind that of Bangui (27.4) in the Central African Republic which is second to last," Mercer says.

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