Vienna remains the city with the highest quality of life in the world. In the annual ranking of the consulting firm Mercer, the Austrian capital ranks first ahead of the Swiss city of Zurich. Munich is in third place.
Vienna thus leads the ranking for the ninth year in succession. Mercer praises, among other things, the quality of public transport and the wide range of cultural and leisure activities on offer.
Munich and the New Zealand city of Auckland share third place. In recent years, Munich has made great efforts to attract talent and companies by "continuously investing in high-tech infrastructure" and promoting cultural institutions, the consultancy explained.
For its ranking, Mercer examines the quality of life in 231 major cities around the world. It takes into account 39 criteria, including health care, transport, air pollution, safety and political stability. The study is aimed at governments and companies that send employees abroad.
The Iraqi capital Baghdad (ranked 231), the capital of the Central African Republic, Bangui (230), the Yemeni capital Sanaa (229) and Haiti's capital Port-au-Prince (228) ranked last. The reasons include political instability, poverty and the climate.