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Mercer just released the results of their annual survey, targeted at quality of living in cities around the world.

Here it is..

  1. ZURICH Switzerland
  2. GENEVA Switzerland
  3. VANCOUVER Canada
  4. VIENNA Austria
  5. AUCKLAND New Zealand
  6. DUSSELDORF Germany
  7. FRANKFURT Germany
  8. MUNICH Germany
  9. BERN Switzerland
  10. SYDNEY Australia
  11. COPENHAGEN Denmark
  12. WELLINGTON New Zealand
  13. AMSTERDAM The Netherlands
  14. BRUSSELS Belgium
  15. TORONTO Canada
  16. BERLIN Germany
  17. MELBOURNE Australia
  18. LUXEMBOURG Luxembourg
  19. OTTAWA Canada
  20. STOCKHOLM Sweden
  21. PERTH Australia
  22. MONTREAL Canada
  23. NURNBERG Germany
  24. CALGARY Canada
  25. HAMBURG Germany
  26. OSLO Norway
  27. DUBLIN Ireland
  28. HONOLULU, HI United States
  29. SAN FRANCISCO, CA United States
  30. ADELAIDE Australia
  31. HELSINKI Finland
  32. BRISBANE Australia
  33. PARIS France
  34. SINGAPORE Singapore
  35. TOKYO Japan
  36. LYON France
  37. BOSTON, MA United States
  38. YOKOHAMA Japan
  39. LONDON United Kingdom
  40. KOBE Japan
  41. BARCELONA Spain
  42. MADRID Spain
  43. OSAKA Japan
  44. WASHINGTON, DC United States
  45. CHICAGO, IL United States
  46. PORTLAND, OR United States
  47. LISBON Portugal
  48. NEW YORK CITY, NY United States
  49. MILAN Italy
  50. SEATTLE, WA United States
  51. LEXINGTON, KY United States
  52. PITTSBURGH, PA United States
  53. WINSTON SALEM, NC United States
  54. NAGOYA Japan
  55. BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom
  56. TSUKUBA Japan
  57. GLASGOW United Kingdom
  58. LOS ANGELES, CA United States
  59. CLEVELAND, OH United States
  60. MINNEAPOLIS, MN United States
  61. ROME Italy
  62. MIAMI, FL United States
  63. YOKKAICHI Japan
  64. DETROIT, MI United States
  65. ST. LOUIS, MO United States
  66. ATLANTA, GA United States
  67. LEIPZIG Germany
  68. HOUSTON, TX United States
  69. OMUTA Japan
  70. HONG KONG Hong Kong
  71. SAN JUAN Puerto Rico
  72. PRAGUE Czech Republic
  73. KATSUYAMA Japan
  74. BUDAPEST Hungary
  75. KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia
  76. MONTEVIDEO Uruguay
  77. PORT LOUIS Mauritius
  78. ATHENS Greece
  79. BUENOS AIRES Argentina
  80. LJUBLJANA Slovenia
  81. DUBAI United Arab Emirates
  82. VILNIUS Lithuania
  83. SANTIAGO Chile
  84. TAIPEI Taiwan
  85. CAPE TOWN South Africa
  86. WARSAW Poland
  87. SEOUL South Korea
  88. ABU DHABI United Arab Emirates
  89. TALLINN Estonia
  90. JOHANNESBURG South Africa
  91. LIMASSOL Cyprus
  92. RIGA Latvia
  93. PANAMA CITY Panama
  94. MONTERREY Mexico
  95. TUNIS Tunisia
  96. VICTORIA Seychelles
  97. PAPEETE French Polynesia
  98. PORT ELIZABETH South Africa
  99. BRATISLAVA Slovakia
  100. SHANGHAI China
  101. JOHOR BAHARU Malaysia
  102. NOUMEA New Caledonia
  103. KAOHSIUNG Taiwan
  104. BRASILIA Brazil
  105. TEL AVIV Israel
  106. SAN JOSE Costa Rica
  107. ZAGREB Croatia
  108. BUCHAREST Romania
  109. BANGKOK Thailand
  110. YEOCHUN (YOSU) South Korea
  111. ASUNCION Paraguay
  112. NASSAU Bahamas
  113. ULSAN South Korea
  114. SAO PAULO Brazil
  115. RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil
  116. BEIJING China
  117. SOFIA Bulgaria
  118. QUITO Ecuador
  119. CASABLANCA Morocco
  120. LIMA Peru
  121. ISTANBUL Turkey
  122. JERUSALEM Israel
  123. MANAMA Bahrain
  124. MANILA Philippines
  125. GUAYAQUIL Ecuador
  126. MANAUS Brazil
  127. SANTO DOMINGO Dominican Republic
  128. MEXICO CITY Mexico
  129. AMMAN Jordan
  130. CAIRO Egypt
  131. GUANGZHOU China
  132. RAYONG Thailand
  133. KUWAIT CITY Kuwait
  134. BLANTYRE Malawi
  135. NANJING China
  136. COLOMBO Sri Lanka
  137. LUSAKA Zambia
  138. KINGSTON Jamaica
  139. LA PAZ Bolivia
  140. GUATEMALA CITY Guatemala
  141. CARACAS Venezuela
  142. JAKARTA Indonesia
  143. BOGOTA Colombia
  144. MEDELLIN Colombia
  145. SHENYANG China
  146. DAKAR Senegal
  147. BELGRADE Serbia
  148. NEW DELHI India
  149. SANTA CRUZ Bolivia
  150. HO CHI MINH CITY Vietnam
  151. MUMBAI India
  152. SKOPJE Macedonia
  153. BANGALORE India
  154. ACCRA Ghana
  155. LIBREVILLE Gabon
  156. NAIROBI Kenya
  157. HANOI Vietnam
  158. ISLAMABAD Pakistan
  159. CHENNAI (MADRAS) India
  160. SARAJEVO Bosnia-Herzegovina
  161. JILIN China
  162. JEDDAH Saudi Arabia
  163. LAHORE Pakistan
  164. RIYADH Saudi Arabia
  165. ST. PETERSBURG Russia
  166. SAN SALVADOR El Salvador
  167. KIEV Ukraine
  168. HARARE Zimbabwe
  169. VIENTIANE Laos, People's Dem. Republic Of
  170. MANAGUA Nicaragua
  171. MOSCOW Russia
  172. COTONOU Benin
  173. DJIBOUTI Djibouti
  174. TRIPOLI Libya
  175. KARACHI Pakistan
  176. DAMASCUS Syria
  177. TEHRAN Iran
  178. ALGIERS Algeria
  179. BEIRUT Lebanon
  180. SAN PEDRO SULA Honduras
  181. TIRANA Albania
  182. YAOUNDE Cameroon
  183. MINSK Belarus
  184. ALMATY Kazakhstan
  185. YANGON Myanmar
  186. DOUALA Cameroon
  187. MAPUTO Mozambique
  188. NOVOSIBIRSK Russia
  189. HAVANA Cuba
  190. DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania
  191. KAZAN Russia
  192. LOME Togo
  193. BAKU Azerbaijan
  194. BAMAKO Mali
  195. ABIDJAN Ivory Coast
  196. LUANDA Angola
  197. ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
  198. TASHKENT Uzbekistan
  199. LAGOS Nigeria
  200. PORT AU PRINCE Haiti
  201. ANTANANARIVO Madagascar
  202. NIAMEY Niger
  203. DHAKA Bangladesh
  204. OUAGADOUGOU Burkina Faso
  205. CONAKRY Guinea Republic
  206. NOUAKCHOTT Mauritania
  207. KINSHASA Dem. Rep. Of The Congo
  208. PORT HARCOURT Nigeria
  209. SANAA Yemen Arab Republic
  210. NDJAMENA Chad
  211. POINTE NOIRE Congo
  212. KHARTOUM Sudan
  213. BANGUI Central African Republic
  214. BRAZZAVILLE Congo
  215. BAGHDAD Iraq

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Sadly LA is 50+. I think Tokyo is too high. I definitely would rate New York higher than Tokyo based on quality of life...but I'm young and don't care about safety too much.

That said, Economist's most recent 10 most expensive world cities has:

Oslo, Norway 134

Paris, France 130

Copenhagen, Denmark 126

London, UnitedKingdom 125

Tokyo, Japan 124

Osaka, Japan 118

Reykjavic, Iceland 118

Zurich, Switzerland 118

Frankfurt, Germany 116

Helsinki, Finland 116

Interesting to see a high correlation between the most expensive cities and the highest quality of living...

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You should provide a little more information on the report.

http://www.mercerhr.com/pressrelease/details.jhtml/dynamic/idContent/1173105

"Scores are based on the quality and availability of hospital and medical supplies and levels of air pollution and infectious diseases. The efficiency of waste removal and sewage systems, water potability and the presence of harmful animals and insects are also taken into account. "

Who cares. It's all bullshit. A good city is any city djrajio isn't living in.

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Who cares. It's all bullshit. A good city is any city djrajio isn't living in.
:( (10 sad characters)

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:( (10 sad characters)

Well at least his criteria isn't too restrictive, you should feel proud. I mean I ask for an interesting nightlife, good restaurents, nice people, great parties, interesting cultural life, french cinemas, etc etc and all this dude wants is "NOT YOU". :P

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Time for a similar survey based on superfuture criteria. Somebody call somebody.

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A good city is a city with sophistication and a corrupt administration. For example, Berlin in the '30s and Shanghai in the '30s--and to an extent, Shanghai today.

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A good city is a city with sophistication and a corrupt administration. For example, Berlin in the '30s and Shanghai in the '30s--and to an extent, Shanghai today.

all the top cities have ridiculously high taxes.

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ottawa shouldnt even be on that list! let alone higher than calgary and montreal!

yeah i know, Ottawa is BORING, but hey, 20% of the top 25 cities are from Canada (and Canada's lower ranked city, Calgary, is 24th) which is good.

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46. PORTLAND, OR United States

50. SEATTLE, WA United States

WHERE THE FUCK IS ARTIFICIALSKY?

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The authors were obviously high on a potent mix of uppers and psychotrops when they visited Switzerland, people who would blame them have obviously never visited this god forsaken land of eternal boredom. :P

Sorry to our Swiss posters....

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Seattle's better than Rome? hmm thats going to be my new pickup line when Im out of town!

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atlanta being better than Hong kong?

that can't be right

atlanta is full of class A d-bags with the ghetto-fabulous mentality that have no taste in anything (or retards who think atlanta's local "scene" is teh hot stuff)

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ottawa shouldnt even be on that list! let alone higher than calgary and montreal!

god you couldnt be any more right

good to see so much canada on there tho i guess

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The authors were obviously high on a potent mix of uppers and psychotrops when they visited Switzerland, people who would blame them have obviously never visited this god forsaken land of eternal boredom. :P

I beg to differ, Switzerland has an awesome nightlife. Vancouver is the land of eternal boredom, and something has to be done...=/

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I beg to differ, Switzerland has an awesome nightlife. Vancouver is the land of eternal boredom, and something has to be done...=/

really? whats your reasoning for saying that about vancouver, id like to know.

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really? whats your reasoning for saying that about vancouver, id like to know.

-seriously lacking in hot girls

-said lacking hot girls are haughty to the max

-clique like hell

-snobby, lame people who standards are way too high... they just don't know any better

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god you couldnt be any more right

good to see so much canada on there tho i guess

Yeah, talk about mixed feelings. Nice to see Canada taking so many spots, but I really don't see how most of our cities compare so favourably to places a whole lot more exciting around the world. Seriously, Ottawa?

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I don't think such categorisation is possible. It's too subjective. No one agrees. Paris for instance can be really good for some and really bad for others. It gets ranked as really expensive but it's way cheaper than London or NYC. Switzerland and Scandiavia being high makes sense. Melbourne should be higher, it's a really nice place now.

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Yeah, talk about mixed feelings. Nice to see Canada taking so many spots, but I really don't see how most of our cities compare so favourably to places a whole lot more exciting around the world. Seriously, Ottawa?

the survey is done using variables that can be QUANTIFIED so excitement, culture, art etc are not factored into the calculation. they explain very well that everyone has a different definition of what constitute "quality of living" and so big cities (London, NYC, Tokyo, Paris, etc) represent a challenge as it's pretty clear that many ppl consider the advantages of the cities (culture, arts, you get the point) to clearly outweight the negative aspects (high cost of living, polution etc). since all the "excitement" variables are way too subjective, none are including in the calculation. you can clearly see a pattern of the top cities being from countries that have low income inequalities, universal health care, low corruption etc.

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