The 24 European cities with the best quality of life
Europe is appreciated for its quality of life.
That’s what emerges from Mercer’s international ranking of 2018 on cities offering the best quality of life around the world, spotted by several media including Les Echos.
Indeed, eight of the top 10 places in the 2018 ranking are occupied by European cities, because they
“still offer one of the best qualities of life in the world and remain prime destinations for expatriates on mission”.
The German and Swiss cities, among others, are among the most popular in the world.
While France places three cities in the ranking: Paris, Lyon and Pointe-à-Pitre, in Guadeloupe.
To determine its ranking, Mercer examined 450 cities, taking into account 39 criteria: crime, waste management, accessibility to public transport, electricity supply, availability of telephone services or climate.
The Mercer ranking is an indicator expected by companies to offer adequate compensation to their employees who go on a mission abroad.
231 cities worldwide are in the Mercer rankings. but this time we decided to focus on Europe.
Here are the 24 European cities that offer the best quality of life according to the Mercer 2018 report.
24. London, United Kingdom – The British capital was acclaimed for the accessibility of public transport and the variety and quality of its theaters and restaurants. On the other hand, she lost points due to air pollution and traffic jams.
23. Lyon, France – The French city is down one place from last year, from 39th to 40th place.
22. Paris, France – One place less for the French capital, even if it “still ranks well, given its size,” according to Aude Besnaïnou, from Mercer France, who recalls that “the best ranked cities are in general, medium-sized cities “.
21. Lisbon, Portugal – This is the only Portuguese city to feature in Mercer’s ranking.
20. Dublin, Ireland – Ireland’s Financial Center, Dublin enjoys a stable political environment, low levels of pollution and a strong socio-cultural environment.
19. Helsinki, Finland – The Finnish city was ranked 2nd in terms of safety.
18. Stuttgart, Germany – Stuttgart is one of the many German cities renowned for its quality of life.
17. Brussels, Belgium – “Although it has excellent results for the majority of the criteria assessed, Brussels can still improve in a number of areas”, including traffic jams.
16. Oslo, Norway – Compared with last year, the Norwegian city gained 6 places.
15. Nuremberg, Germany
– The second largest city in Bavaria offers historic sites, beautiful scenery and a pleasant nightlife.
14. Stockholm, Sweden – Often named in this type of ranking, the Swedish capital is valued for its balance between work, privacy, security and environmental issues.
13. Hamburg, Germany – This major port city favors education and is considered a place of innovation and a regional center for art, music and culture in general.
12. Luxembourg, Luxembourg – The capital, located on the borders of Belgium, France and Germany, is very rich and crime is very low.
11. Berne, Switzerland – Its agriculture is rich as well as its traditional industry, and the unemployment rate is low, which makes the city very attractive.
10. Berlin, Germany – The German capital offers a good balance between job opportunities, quality housing and a vibrant cultural life.
9. Amsterdam, Netherlands – A cosmopolitan city, the Dutch capital combines urban and modern life, with a relaxed attitude to leisure and entertainment.
8. Basel, Switzerland – Beautiful landscapes and economic strength are the strong points of this Swiss city of around 165,000 inhabitants.
7. Copenhagen, Denmark
– The Danish city is appreciated for its balance between professional life and private life.
6. Geneva, Switzerland – Safety and natural landscapes nearby are part of the advantages of this Swiss city
5. Frankfurt, Germany – Frankfurt is home to many well-known international trade fairs, such as the book fair and the motor show.
4. Düsseldorf, Germany – Known for its fashion industry and art scene, the German city is a regular in the Mercer rankings.
3. Munich, Germany – The Bavarian metropolis is appreciated for “investing in high technology and promoting cultural institutions,” says Mercer.
2. Zürich, Switzerland – The Swiss city retains its second place this year. It is regularly ranked in the rankings assessing the quality of life.
1. Vienna, Austria – The Austrian capital, which once again dominates this ranking, is acclaimed for “the security it provides to its inhabitants”, “the efficiency of its public transport and the diversity of its cultural structures”.
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Find here quality of living city ranking, compiled by the Mercer firm.