Thursday, December 01, 2011

Quality of Living

Did you know that Mercer, a world leading insurance broker and risk management advisor, management consulting and human resource consulting company, do a survey each year on the Worldwide Quality of Living Rankings?

Mercer conducts the survey to help governments and multi-national companies compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. Mercer’s Quality of Living reports provide valuable information and hardship premium recommendations for major cities throughout the world. Mercer’s Quality of Living index list covers 221 cities, ranked against New York as the base city.

Here is the Top 10 list for 2011
  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Dusseldorf, Germany
  6. Vancouver, Canada
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Bern, Switzerland
  10. Copenhagen, Denmark
13th  Wellington, New Zealand.

I was impressed that New Zealand had 2 towns in the top 15 and even more impressed, or was that let down that none of the United Kingdom were in there! Nor any of America?

26th  Dublin, Ireland
29th  Honolulu, USA
30th= San Fran, USA; Adelaide, Australia; Paris, France
38th  London, United Kingdom!

They also, this year, did a survey that separately identifies those cities with the highest personal safety ranking based on internal stability, crime levels, law enforcement effectiveness and the host country’s international relations.
So in other words, which city they felt was the safest to live in.
  1. Luxemborg
  2. Bern
  3. Helsinki
  4. Zurich
  5. Vienna
  6. Geneva
  7. Stockholm
  8. Singapore
  9. Auckland
  10. Wellington
Aberdeen and Glasgow both rank 44 and are the highest ranking UK cities on the personal safety list. Birmingham (53) and Belfast (63) both rank higher than London (68)
However, Baghdad (221) is the world’s least safe city, followed by N’Djamena, Chad (220), Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (219), Bangui, Central African Republic (218), and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo (217).

The link to their page gives a lot more information. It was really quite interesting reading.
Go over there and have a little check of your favourite countries, see where they positioned!!


Linds said...

Fascinating. I see Switzerland does very well too! I must zap over and have another look. Thanks for the link!

Laurie said...

Thats really interesting and a time waster reading the information I spent to much there. mum x