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Munich ranked most liveable German city

Published: 30 Nov 2011 10:05 GMT+01:00

The annual Quality of Life Survey, put out by the Mercer consulting firm, ranked the cities fourth, fifth and seventh, respectively, among 221 of the world’s major cities. Hamburg (16), Berlin (17), Nuremberg (24) and Stuttgart (28) were the other German cities to crack the top 50. Leipzig came in at 61.

"The German cities are all very close together and the differences are, except for with Leipzig, are minimal. Overall, Munich is slightly ahead in comparison to the rest of Germany due to outstanding sports and leisure facilities and the high quality of living," said Petra Lück, a Mercer expert who worked on the study.

Last year Düsseldorf came in at sixth and Frankfurt and Munich tied for seventh.

Austria’s capital Vienna was named the city with the highest standard of living in the world, while Baghdad, Iraq has the lowest, according to the survey.

European cities dominated the top of the rankings and three Swiss cities – Zurich, Bern and Geneva – were in the top ten. No cities in developing countries were in the list of the top 50. The only countries represented from outside Europe, North America and Oceania were Singapore and Japan.

Six of the 10 worst cities to live in were in Africa, including Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, Khartoum, Sudan and Brazzaville, in the Congo.

To calculate the results Mercer said it took 39 different factors into account, including political stability, the availability of recreation and educational standards.

The purpose of the survey, according to the company, is to help companies compensate their employees fairly when placing them in international assignments. It recommends increased pay for those placed in hardship posts.

The company also rated the relative safety of cities this year, with Luxembourg coming on top. Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Munich and Nuremberg were tied for the 11th spot.

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Mercer's cities with the highest quality of living

1 Vienna, Austria

2 Zurich, Switzerland

3 Auckland, New Zealand

4 Munich, Germany

5 Düsseldorf, Germany

5 Vancouver, Canada

7 Frankfurt, Germany

8 Geneva, Switzerland

9 Bern, Switzerland

9 Copenhagen, Denmark

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Your comments about this article

12:12 November 30, 2011 by Johnne
Munich in unique
12:55 November 30, 2011 by catjones
Hagen would have ranked higher were it not for the deaf people.
15:39 November 30, 2011 by vonSchwerin
I find it interesting that some of the "nicest" cities to live in are also some of the most expensive. Zurich? Really? Even the top German cities tend to be some of the most expensive cities in the country.
15:52 November 30, 2011 by Sapodilly
One thing that is missing from this assessment is the consideration of WHO is living in the city. Meaning, is Zurich may be the best place in the world to live for someone who grew up there, has money, and is ethnically European, but what about being a non-European immigrant to Switzerland? On that level, I'd rather be in New York anyday.
16:35 November 30, 2011 by danceswithgoats
Regensburg any day of the week and twice on Sundays!
16:36 November 30, 2011 by Englishted
@catjones

Sorry didn't hear you speak up !,
09:30 December 1, 2011 by ukpunk1
hence the name "Toytown"
18:19 December 3, 2011 by Anumakonda
Yes. Munich is most liveable, historic and modern city.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

E-mail: anumakonda.jagadeesh@gmail.com
11:29 December 4, 2011 by tajasy
The list of the best places to live underestimates the importance of the friendliness of the locals and how they welcome foreigners into their homes and lives. Some of my most memorable and happiest life experiences have been in some of the African countries mainly due to the friendliness of the locals.
13:53 December 6, 2011 by jackn
@vonSchwerin:

errrrr, perhaps the reason the nicest cities are also the most expensive cities to live in is because they are so, errrr, nice and thus much sought after places to live in.

or am i missing your point?
10:05 December 12, 2011 by oftesheimkerl
I am not surprised that Germany's best city was rated as the most liveable.
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