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.
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.
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.
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.’
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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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