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Vienna again ranked the best city in the world to live in for eighth year in a row

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is often quoted as saying that ‘change is the only constant in life’. However, if the bearded thinker was around today he’d probably argue that Vienna topping the Mercer’s annual Quality of Living Rankings is another – especially as the Austrian capital has scooped the prize for the eighth year in a row.

The Museumsquartier is a large area in Vienna and is the eighth largest cultural area in the world.
The Museumsquartier is a large area in Vienna and is the eighth largest cultural area in the world. Image by Radu Bercan/Shutterstock

Ranked on healthcare, political stability, crime, education, transport and other criteria that affect international staff living in a city, Vienna beat off stiff competition from 230 other metropolises to take home the honour, including second-placed Zurich in Switzerland  and New Zealand’s Auckland, which finished third.

As well as a good transport system and affordable rents, Vienna is awash with grand architecture, fine art, numerous opera houses and a café culture that’s revered across the globe.

Stephen Square, Vienna, Austria. Vienna tops Quality of Living Rankings for the eighth year in a row.
Stephen Square, Vienna, Austria. Vienna tops Quality of Living Rankings for the eighth year in a row. Image by Tartalja/Shutterstock

Speaking about the results of the rankings, Ilya Bonic the president of Mercer’s Career business said: ‘Economic instability, social unrest, and growing political upheaval all add to the complex challenge multinational companies face when analysing quality of living for their expatriate workforce.

Hundertwasserhaus by Friedensreich Hundertwasser & Joseph Krawina. 📍#Vienna #Austria 📸: @shotblot #architectanddesign

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He also added: ‘In uncertain times, organisations that plan to establish themselves and send staff to a new location should ensure they get a complete picture of the city, including its viability as a business location and its attractiveness to key talent.’

Other high performers in the list include Munich, Frankfurt  and Dusseldorf north-rhine-westphalia/dusseldorf in Germany  Vancouver  in Canada and Sydney, Australia. The highest ranked Asian  city was Singapore, while Baghdad in Iraq came last.

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