Published: Fri, March 15, 2019

Yerevan Beats Tbilisi and Baku in Mercer Quality of Living Survey

Yerevan Beats Tbilisi and Baku in Mercer Quality of Living Survey

Mercer is the world's largest human resources consulting firm headquartered in New York City. Hong Kong was ranked 71st and Seoul 77nd, Manila was ranked 137th.

Vancouver tied for third with Auckland, New Zealand and Munich, Germany. Western Europe dominates this ranking, however Brussels (47th place) falls considerably between 2005 and 2019 due to terrorist attacks, and Greece (102nd place) also takes a dive due to its slow recovery from the global financial crisis. The Austrian capital of Vienna holds the spot for the city with the world's highest quality of living - a position it has held on to for a decade now.

Vienna has been named the city with the best quality of life for a 10th consecutive year in a survey published Wednesday. Helsinki, Finland, and Basel, Bern, and Zürich all in Switzerland follow in joint second. It evaluates local living conditions in more than 450 cities worldwide according to factors that are important to expats.

In North America, Canadian cities continue to score highest with Vancouver (3) ranking highest for overall quality of living, as well as sharing the top spot with Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Calgary for safety.

Frost says all four of those cities were ranked higher than the top American city on the list, which is San Francisco at 34.


Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.). The same result was reached a year ago.

At the other end of the table, the lowest ranked city was Baghdad at 231st.

Riyadh made some gains to be 164th, and the opening up of the city's entertainment scene as part of Saudi Vision 2030, did play a part. In the Middle East region, Dubai ranked 74, Damascus ranked 225 and Sanaa ranked 229. If Amsterdam wants to make it into the top 10 next year, it will have to devote more attention to traffic problems and recreation.

In Africa, Port Louis (83) was the city with the best quality of living and also its safest (59).

There were few big shifts but Caracas fell 29 places to 222nd as Venezuela has suffered from hyperinflation, a shortage of basic goods and, more recently, a political crisis since opposition leader Juan Guaido assumed the interim presidency in January.

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