Auckland remains world's third-best city for quality of living

Vienna unbeatable as world’s most liveable city Baghdad still worst

Vienna unbeatable as world’s most liveable city Baghdad still worst

Taipei has moved up one spot from past year to reach 84th in the world for quality of living in an annual survey of over 200 cities, according to a Tuesday press release from global consulting firm Mercer.

Mercer's Quality of Living survey shows the capital is ranked 34th overall, when compared to other cities.

The survey is based on 39 factors grouped under 10 categories, including; healthcare, housing, education, transport and the natural environment. Vienna is followed by Zurich at second, while Auckland, New Zealand and Munich jointly hold third place. San Francisco (30) is the highest ranking United States city, followed by Boston (35), Honolulu (36), Seattle (44), and NY (45).

The ranking is determined by various factors including security, public transportation, political and economic conditions, climate, health, infrastructure and sanitation standards.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Mercer's Quality of Living ranking.

Dubai ranked the highest for quality of living across the Middle East and Africa, while Vancouver took the top spot among the Americas.

"Having clean air and water that is safe to drink is a significant consideration for many expats, even more so if there are young children involved", Lewington said.

It is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other organisations to compensate employees fairly when placing them on worldwide assignments.

"Mercer's first-ever sanitation index also exposes a real need for Hong Kong to make critical improvements in this area, with Singapore at 57 and Hong Kong and Shenzhen trailing at 134 and 140 respectively", Chan added.

A year before Britain is expected to leave the European Union, its highest-ranked city, London, fell one rank to 41 in the survey.

Geneva held on to its eighth place ranking and Basel - which broke into the rankings in tenth position previous year - was able to retain that place in the 2018 survey. The top placement for livability comes just one week after the Economist ranked the Southeast Asia hub as the world's most expensive city, showing that there may still be some hope of getting what you pay for.

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