May 2, 2009
Vienna most livable city, Baghdad least
Vienna has the highest all-round quality of life among the world's cities and Baghdad the lowest, a Canadian human resources consulting firm said Friday.
Mercer, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennon, ranked Singapore as having the best urban infrastructure.
Slagin Parakatil, a Mercer researcher, said companies need to provide additional benefits for employees in cities with poor infrastructure.
Infrastructure has a significant effect on the quality of living experienced by expatriates, he said.
Whilst often taken for granted when functioning to a high standard, a city's infrastructure can generate severe hardship when it is lacking.
Vienna was followed in the Quality of Life ranking by Zurich and Geneva, Switzerland; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Auckland, New Zealand. Singapore was followed by Munich, Germany; Copenhagen, Denmark; and two Japanese cities, Tsukuba and Yokohama.