world's best places to live (2008)

June 13, 2008

New York, London, and Paris are internationally renowned cities but consultants at Mercer Consulting have picked Zurich, Switzerland, as the best place to live in the company's annual survey.

Here is the roundup of the global cities with the best quality of life. The top 10 places are:

1. ZURICH, Switzerland
2. VIENNA, Austria (tie)
2. GENEVA, Switzerland (tie)
4. VANCOUVER, Canada
5. AUCKLAND, New Zealand
6. DUSSELDORF, Germany
7. MUNICH, Germany (tie)
7. FRANKFURT, Germany (tie)
9. BERN, Switzerland
10. SYDNEY, Australia

Consultants rated each city on a variety of factors including the level of traffic congestion, air quality, and personal safety reported by expatriates living in more than 600 cities worldwide. Still, Mercer acknowledges that cities with a high quality of life are not necessarily the most exciting. "There are a lot of 'sleepy' towns that got high ratings, but if you were to judge them on something like nightlife, there are some that probably wouldn't have rated as high", the Mercer consultant said.

courtesy of Yahoo Buzz

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  1. wow Germany has surely got some nice places to live, hubby said so too. =)