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Just one UK city makes it into top 50 list for quality of living



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 11:48 AM on 26th May 2010




Only one British city was ranked in the top 50 for quality of living around the world, a survey revealed today.

London was placed at number 39 based on a range of factors including crime, political stability, hospital services, transport, food and drink, leisure, climate and personal freedom.

The UK capital was followed by Aberdeen in 53rd position, Birmingham at 55, Glasgow at 57 and Belfast at number 63.


article-1281489-046E08B8000005DC-888_468x318.jpg Top town: London ranked 39 on factors including health, transport and food


Dublin in Ireland was meanwhile ranked 26 on the Mercer 2010 Quality of Living Survey.

The annual list covered 221 cities compared with 215 last year with Aberdeen and Belfast among the new entries.

Mercer carries out the study to help governments and companies compensate employees fairly when sending them on international assignments.



1. Vienna, Austria

2. Zurich, Switzerland

3. Geneva, Switzerland

4. Vancouver, Canada

4. Auckland, New Zealand

6. Düsseldorf, Germany

7. Frankfurt, Germany

7. Munich, Germany

9. Bern, Switzerland

10. Sydney, Australia

11. Copenhagen, Denmark

12. Wellington, New Zealand

13. Amsterdam, Netherlands

14. Ottawa, Canada

15. Brussels, Belgium

16. Toronto, Canada

17. Berlin, Germany

18. Melbourne, Australia

19. Luxembourg, Luxembourg

20. Stockholm, Sweden




39. London 53. Aberdeen

55. Birmingham

57. Glasgow

63. Belfast



The rankings were based on a point-scoring index against New York as the base city, which with a score of 100, ranked at 49.

Vienna made it to the top spot for the second year in a row with a score of 108.6.

London achieved 101.6 - the same score as last year.

In bottom place was the Iraqi capital Baghdad which scored 14.7 due to its lack of security and stability, according to Mercer.

European cities dominated the top 25 cities in the index, with Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland in second and third place and the German cities of Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich in sixth and joint seventh place respectively.

London sat one place behind Lyon in France and was ranked ahead of Tokyo in Japan.

The 2010 survey also identified the cities with the best eco-ranking according to water availability and quality, waste removal, air pollution and traffic congestion.

This category contained three British cities in the top 50 - Aberdeen, which was ranked at 19, Belfast in 30th position and Glasgow at 47.

London was ranked 63rd, the survey found.

Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer, said: ‘As the world economy becomes more globalised, cities beyond the traditional financial centres are emerging as attractive places in which to expand or establish a business.

‘Cities in many emerging markets, such as in the Middle East or Asia, have seen a significant influx of foreign companies and their expatriate employees in recent years.

‘To ensure their expatriates are compensated appropriately and an adequate hardship allowance is included in their benefits package, companies seek a clear picture of the quality of living in these cities.

‘We have reviewed our index to reflect these developments and it now better represents the cities that most interest our clients.’

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I guess mexican cities did not even get to the top 100, because the city that usually made it was Monterrey, but it's really insecure now. I guess the only ones appearing from Latin America are Santiago, San Juan, Montevideo and Buenos Aires.

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