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Vienna Has Been Named The Best City To Live In For The Ninth Time

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Updated: 22 March 2018
For the ninth year in a row, Austria’s capital Vienna has been called “city with the best quality of life”. Taking into account aspects such as transport, economy, living costs and environment, Vienna came out on top out of the world’s cities in a recent survey – an incredible accolade for such a small capital.

Mercer Quality of Living Survey

The 20th annual Mercer Quality of Living survey takes place annually, researching the world’s cities to discover their quality of sanitation, cultural recreational facilities, education transport, and infrastructure to determine which are the best for citizens’ quality of life. The survey is primarily conducted in order to determine how much organisations should “compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments” and conducts research into 231 of the world’s cities.

The Austrian capital Vienna is one of the best cities to live if you're young and broke | © trabantos / Shutterstock
The Austrian capital Vienna is one of the best cities to live if you’re young and broke | © trabantos / Shutterstock

Why Vienna topped the list

Vienna is not just a city famed for its classical music and coffee houses, but also for being one of the best places in the world to live. Speaking to The Independent, a spokesperson for the Mercer Quality of Living survey stated:

“Vienna is the cultural, political and economic centre of Austria, and scores highly in a number of categories. Among others, the city provides a safe and stable environment for expatriates to live in; it has an extensive offering of international consumer goods, a high level of public utilities and transportation facilities, and good recreational facilities. All of the above combined resulted in Vienna being placed top.”

We name 10 reasons why Vienna has good quality of life here.

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Pedestrians walk along the Danube canal | (c) vienna tourist board

Elsewhere in the world

Cities that unfortunately did not as perform well in the survey include London, which came in at a lowly 41st, criticised for its continuing air pollution and traffic congestion problems, and Stockholm, which slipped three places – partially due to the recent terrorist attacks. In the Americas, Vancouver claimed a high ranking – at number 5 – whilst New York came in at 40 places lower. The lowest ranking city is named as Port au Prince in Haiti’s capital city, due to its troubles with violent crime, severe environmental problems and a badly performing economy.

The vineyards surrounding the city. Vienna boasts some incredible green spaces
The vineyards surrounding the city. Vienna boasts some incredible green spaces | © Vienna Tourist Board