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Vienna named world’s number one city for quality of life. Where is London on the list?

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New York and Paris fail to make top 35

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The Belvedere Palace in Vienna

In 1981, the hit single Vienna by Ultravox made it to number 2 in the UK singles chart, only being kept off the top spot by John Lennon’s solo single Woman.

Today, Lennon is gone, Ultravox have probably split up, but Vienna’s success lives on. And not only as the title of a popular song, but as a wonderful cultural destination.

The Austrian capital city has been named the world’s number one city for quality of life.

So if you want to be happy during your one chance at being alive, then perhaps it is time to learn German, sell the London pad, and get on down to Vienna, the centre of which is so bloody nice, it is a Unesco World Heritage site.

German-speaking cities dominate the top of the quality of life rankings, with Zurich, Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt all hanging around the top of the list.

The highest English-speaking city is Auckland in New Zealand, at number three, and Vancouver in Canada at number five.

Other notable entries include Paris at number 37, and poor old London spluttering its way onto the list at number 39.

Still, at least New York came after us, at an embarrassing 44th place.

The international study, by Mercer, examines social and economic conditions, health, education, housing and the environment to give an overall ranking to each city.

It is influential and is used by international firms to help them assess where to locate and how much their staff should be paid.

Mercer said: “Vienna has ranked top in the last seven published rankings.

“It scores highly in a number of categories; it provides a safe and stable environment to live in, a high level of public utilities and transport facilities, and good recreational facilities.”

Best places to live in the world

Source: Mercer quality of living city survey

1 Vienna Austria
2 Zurich Switzerland
3 Auckland New Zealand
4 Munich Germany
5 Vancouver Canada
6 Dusseldorf Germany
7 Frankfurt Germany
8 Geneva Switzerland
9 Copenhagen Denmark
10 Sydney Australia
11 Amsterdam Netherlands
12 Wellington New Zealand
13 Berlin Germany
14 Bern Switzerland
15 Toronto Canada
15 Melbourne Australia
17 Ottawa Canada
18 Hamburg Germany
19 Luxembourg Luxembourg
19 Stockholm Sweden
21 Brussels Belgium
21 Perth Australia
23 Montreal Canada
24 Stuttgart Germany
24 Nurnberg Germany
26 Singapore Singapore
27 Adelaide Australia
28 San Francisco US
28 Canberra Australia
30 Helsinki Finland
30 Oslo Norway
32 Calgary Canada
33 Dublin Ireland
34 Boston US
35 Honolulu US
36 Brisbane Australia
37 Paris France
38 Lyon France
39 Barcelona Spain
39 London UK
41 Milan Italy
42 Lisbon Portugal
43 Chicago US
44 New York US
44 Tokyo Japan
46 Seattle US
46 Kobe Japan
46 Edinburgh UK
49 Los Angeles US
49 Yokohama Japan
51 Washington DC US
52 Madrid Spain
53 Birmingham UK
53 Rome Italy
55 Glasgow UK
56 Pittsburgh US
57 Philadelphia US
58 Osaka Japan
59 Aberdeen UK
60 Leipzig Germany
61 Minneapolis US
62 Nagoya Japan
63 Dallas US
64 Belfast UK
65 Houston US
66 Miami US
67 Atlanta US
68 St. Louis US
69 Prague Czech Republic
70 Detroit US
70 Hong Kong Hong Kong
72 Pointe-a-Pitre Guadeloupe
73 Seoul South Korea
74 San Juan Puerto Rico
75 Dubai United Arab Emirates
76 Ljubljana Slovenia
77 Budapest Hungary
78 Montevideo Uruguay
79 Vilnius Lithuania
79 Warsaw Poland
81 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates
82 Bratislava Slovakia
83 Port Louis Mauritius
84 Taipei Taiwan
85 Durban South Africa
86 Kuala Lumpur Malaysia
87 Athens Greece
88 Limassol Cyprus
89 Tallinn Estonia
90 Riga Latvia
91 Busan South Korea
92 Cape Town South Africa
93 Buenos Aires Argentina
94 Santiago Chile
95 Johannesburg South Africa
96 Panama City Panama
97 Victoria Seychelles
98 Zagreb Croatia
99 Wroclaw Poland
100 Taichung Taiwan
101 Shanghai China
102 Bandar Seri Begawan Brunei
103 Johor Bahru Malaysia
104 Tel Aviv Israel
105 San Jose Costa Rica
106 Brasilia Brazil
107 Muscat Oman
108 Monterrey Mexico
109 Bucharest Romania
110 Doha Qatar
111 Noumea New Caledonia
112 Nassau Bahamas
113 Tunis Tunisia
114 Asuncion Paraguay
115 Sofia Bulgaria
116 Rabat Morocco
117 Rio De Janeiro Brazil
118 Beijing China
119 Guangzhou China
120 Amman Jordan
121 Sao Paulo Brazil
122 Istanbul Turkey
123 Lima Peru
124 Kuwait City Kuwait
125 Manaus Brazil
126 Casablanca Morocco
127 Mexico City Mexico
128 Quito Ecuador
129 Bangkok Thailand
130 Bogota Colombia
131 Windhoek Namibia
132 Colombo Sri Lanka
133 Manama Bahrain
134 Chengdu China
135 Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
136 Manila Philippines
137 Nanjing China
137 Shenzhen China
139 Hyderabad India
139 Xian China
141 Belgrade Serbia
142 Jakarta Indonesia
142 Gaborone Botswana
144 Pune India
145 Bengaluru India
146 Chongqing China
147 Port of Spain Trinidad & Tobago
147 Qingdao China
149 Lusaka Zambia
150 Chennai India
151 Kingston Jamaica
152 Guatemala City Guatemala
152 Mumbai India
152 Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam
155 Hanoi Vietnam
156 La Paz Bolivia
157 Shenyang China
158 Sarajevo Bosnia-Herzegovina
159 Skopje Macedonia
160 Kolkata India
161 New Delhi India
162 Dakar Senegal
163 Libreville Gabon
164 Riyadh Saudi Arabia
165 Jeddah Saudi Arabia
166 Accra Ghana
167 Moscow Russia
168 Jilin China
169 Kampala Uganda
170 Vientiane Laos
171 Cairo Egypt
172 Managua Nicaragua
173 San Salvador El Salvador
174 St. Petersburg Russia
175 Blantyre Malawi
176 Almaty Kazakhstan
176 Kiev Ukraine
178 Maputo Mozambique
179 Tirana Albania
180 Beirut Lebanon
181 Cotonou Benin
182 Yerevan Armenia
183 Banjul Gambia
184 Nairobi Kenya
185 Caracas Venezuela
186 Tegucigalpa Honduras
187 Algiers Algeria
188 Tbilisi Georgia
189 Djibouti Djibouti
190 Minsk Belarus
191 Kigali Rwanda
191 Havana Cuba
193 Islamabad Pakistan
194 Yaounde Cameroon
195 Phnom Penh Cambodia
196 Douala Cameroon
197 Baku Azerbaijan
198 Dar Es Salaam Tanzania
199 Lahore Pakistan
199 Luanda Angola
201 Yangon Myanmar
202 Karachi Pakistan
203 Tehran Iran
204 Lome Togo
205 Tashkent Uzbekistan
206 Abidjan Ivory Coast
207 Addis Ababa Ethiopia
208 Ashgabat Turkmenistan
209 Harare Zimbabwe
210 Bishkek Kyrgyzstan
211 Lagos Nigeria
212 Abuja Nigeria
212 Dushanbe Tajikistan
214 Dhaka Bangladesh
215 Ouagadougou Burkina Faso
216 Tripoli Libya
217 Niamey Niger
218 Antananarivo Madagascar
219 Bamako Mali
220 Nouakchott Mauritania
221 Conakry Guinea Republic
222 Kinshasa DR Congo
223 Brazzaville Congo
224 Damascus Syria
225 N’Djamena Chad
226 Khartoum Sudan
227 Port-au-Prince Haiti
228 Sana’a Yemen
229 Bangui Central African Republic
230 Baghdad Iraq

 

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