Which Are the World's Best Cities To Live in

latest survey entitled Quality of Living conducted by Mercer, the financial services company, has ranked world's best livable cities. The survey ranked cities based on factors such as culture and environment, political stability, safety, infrastructure and ease of doing business.

It is carried out annually to help multinational companies and other employers compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

1. Frankfurt, Germany

Frankfurt, the economic center of Germany, is the financial capital of continental Europe. Finance is the largest industry in the city, but service sectors as a whole are widely represented. The unemployment rate is less than 6 percent, on par with Germany's national unemployment rate and much lower than that of most neighboring European countries.

Frankfurt is one of the most affordable major cities in Europe, which makes it a great place to build a savings. While Frankfurt is mostly known for its business side, it is also a city with lots of recreation.

Its location on the River Main provides excellent recreation opportunities and in the summer the riverbank is a popular place for sunbathing and relaxation. Most visitors to Frankfurt are surprised at just how relaxed the city's pace is. Frankfurt is one of the cities best known as the most livable place.

2. Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver is the the fifth highest quality of living in the world. The survey gave high rating to this city for its cultural diversity, the quality of its medical care and its more than 200 parks.

Vancouver is best-known as the most populous city in British Columbia and an urban center surrounded by nature, making tourism its second largest industry.

It is a physically beautiful city, surrounded by water and mountains and overall closeness to nature that gives its residents a love of nature and a laid back charm and friendliness. Vancouver's scenic location makes it a famous tourist attraction and also a favorite among the locals.

3. Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand's largest and most populous urban area is home to around 1.5 million people. It is also the largest Polynesian city in the world. The city has a glimpse of urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen of mesmerizing holiday islands.

It's sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping is the perfect picture of Auckland, the largest and most diverse city in New Zealand. "We know there is still a lot of work to be done."

Auckland's lifestyle is mainly influenced by the fact that though the place is 70 percent rural in land area, 90 percent of Aucklanders live in urban areas. Large parts of these areas have a more suburban character than many cities in Europe and Asia.
90 percent of Aucklanders live in urban areas. Large parts of these areas have a more suburban character than many cities in Europe and Asia.

4. Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, the financial capital of Switzerland, is a leading global city and among the world's largest financial centres. The city is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants.

Most of Switzerland's research and development centres are concentrated in Zurich and the low tax rates attract overseas companies to set up their headquarters there.

As per the survey, it was named as the best city with the highest quality of life in the world as well as the wealthiest city in Europe. The most important sector in the Zurich's economy is the service industry, which employs almost four-fifths of workers. Other important industries include light industry, machine and textile industries and tourism.

5. Vienna, Austria

Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria for the 5th time in a row tops as the world's most livable cities. Apart from being regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, this city is also said to be 'The City of Dreams' because it is home to the world's first psycho-analyst-Sigmund Freud.

The historic center of Vienna has been added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list. It has about 2,000 coffee houses, with many of the traditional ones in the old city center. The Vienna State Opera offers over 50 operas and ballet works amounting to 300 days per season. "The profile of the tourist arrivals in Vienna's mirrors the global economic situation, as we have seen a strong increase from emerging-particularly Asian—regions."
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