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Mercer ranking Three Swiss cities among world’s top ten for quality of life

People sunbathing at a lido in Zurich by the lakeshore

Life at the lido: people enjoying the sunny weather in the public bath "Seebad Enge" in the city center of Zurich, Switzerland. 


Switzerland’s biggest city, Zurich, offers the second-best quality of life in the world, according to the annual survey from consulting firm Mercer. Geneva was ranked eighth and Basel came in tenth place.

Austria’s capital Vienna defended its position at the top of the ranking for the ninth time in a row. Munich and Auckland came in joint third place, whilst Iraq’s capital Baghdad remained the worst city in the survey.

Mercer’s surveyexternal link includes 231 cities world-wide and takes into account factors such as political stability, health care, education, crime and transport.

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Europe continued to dominate the ranking with eight of the ten most pleasant cities in the world.

The survey is designed to help companies and organisations to determine compensation and hardship allowances for its international staff.

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