Lonely Planet Writer

Dublin top city to live in Ireland and UK as Vienna takes world No.1 slot

Dublin has emerged as the best city to live in Ireland and the UK but is ranked a more modest 34th in world terms.

 Dublin is top city to live in across Ireland and the UK
Dublin is top city to live in across Ireland and the UK. Image by William Murphy / CC BY-SA 2.0

Vienna waltzed into the top sport of the Mercer’s 2015 Quality of Living rankings out of 230 cities researched. However, Belfast was way down the rankings and with Athens was the lowest European city.

Vienna, Austria, top place to live in the world
Vienna, Austria, top place to live in the world. Image by Allie_Caulfield / CC BY 2.0

Western Europe dominated the rankings as Zurich finished as runner-up with Munich in fourth place and two other German cities, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt in sixth and seventh place respectively. Geneva came eighth and Copenhagen in ninth place.

The Evening Echo in Cork reported that the survey helped employers judge the level of pay applicable in their part of the world.

Mercer spokesman, Noel O’Connor, said Dublin’s low levels of pollution in tandem with its high standards in cost of living, as well as the wide selection of consumer good and cultural activities contributed to Dublin’s strong polling in the survey.

Canada and the United States continued to offer a high standard of living, according to the survey. Vancouver (5) topped the list for the region, followed by Toronto (15) and Ottawa (16) San Francisco (27), Boston (34), and Honolulu (36) are the highest-ranking US cities.