Vienna has taken the top spot at Mercer’s 2016 Quality of Living Ranking while London, Paris and New York failed to reach the top 25.
Switzerland’s largest city, Zürich, came second, followed by Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island.
And German might just be the language to learn when it comes to cities with a high quality of life, as residents in five out of the top 10 cities speak German, with Geneva a sixth option (although French is more common)
Paris reached 37th place, tumbling 10 places from last year’s position – a change brought on by the city’s recent history, and vulnerability, of terrorist attacks.
The French capital is closely followed by London on 39 and New York City on 44; the highest-ranking US city was San Francisco, sitting on 28th place.
At the bottom of the list, results are less surprising, with cities in war-torn Iraq, Yemen and Syria being some of the most notable names.
Baghdad comes in last at 230, with the Central African Republic’s Bangui at 229 and Sana’a in Yemen placing 228th.
For the ranking, which is aimed at multinational firms sending employees abroad, Mercer take into account the political and social environment, as well as the economic and socio-cultural situation of living in the city.
The availability of education, health services, housing and recreation also play a role, amongst others; each factor is attributed points – weighted, to represent their importance, which then lead to the ranking.
For the first time, Mercer also took into account the personal safety of residents in the city, leading to US cities performing comparatively poorly.
The top 10 cities are:
- Vienna (Austria)
- Zürich (Switzerland)
- Auckland (New Zealand)
- Munich (Germany)
- Vancouver (Canada)
- Düsseldorf (Germany)
- Frankfurt (Germany)
- Geneva (Switzerland)
- Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Sydney (Australia)
The bottom 10 cities are:
- Conakry (Guinea)
- Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo)
- Brazzaville (Republic of Congo)
- Damascus (Syria)
- N’Djamena (Chad)
- Khartoum (Sudan)
- Port-Au-Prince (Haiti)
- Sana’a (Yemen)
- Bangui (Central African Republic)
- Baghdad (Iraq)