Vienna waltzes to quality of living win for 10th year

The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer’s index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row.

Vienna, the most liveable city

The Austrian capital Vienna has topped Mercer's index of most liveable cities for the 10th year in a row. Vienna which is famous for its imperial past, gilded palaces and classical music, inhabits 1.9 million people.

The city is also nicknamed "red Vienna" for having long been run by the political left, with cheap public services and abundant social housing.

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Second most liveable city - Zurich

The second-place in the list is occupied by Zurich which is a much more expensive city and a major financial centre. Similar to Vienna the city is also safe and relatively green.
 

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Auckland, Munich and Vancouver share the third spot

The cities Auckland, Munich and Vancouver share third place on the list.

The top five cities in consulting firm Mercer's 2019 Quality of Living Ranking published on Wednesday were unchanged from last year's edition, though Vancouver rose to joint third from fifth.

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Factors determining 'quality of living' in a city

Mercer stated that the quality of living is determined by many factors including access to public transport and traffic congestion levels, availability of housing and international schools including the city's cultural scene.

Mercer says it looks at 39 factors grouped under 10 headings such as 'political and social environment' and 'recreation'.

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Baghdad, Sanaa at bottom of the index

The 10 cities at the bottom of the 231-city table were unchanged, with Baghdad ranking last, followed by Bangui in the Central African Republic and Yemen's capital Sanaa.

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Venezuela's Caracas fell nine places to 202

There were few big shifts but Caracas fell nine places to 202nd as Venezuela has suffered from hyperinflation, a shortage of basic goods and, more recently.

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Chennai at 105th spot, Mumbai at 154

Chennai, ranking 105 in the list, is the first Indian city which made an entry in the list.

Besides Chennai, Bengaluru ranking 149 and Mumbai ranking 154 were also included in the list.
 

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