Vienna is the world’s nicest city according to survey


The elegant capital on the Danube River placed highly due to its vibrant cultural scene, comprehensive healthcare and moderate housing care, in the survey conducted by global consultancy Mercer. It’s not hard to see why the city has been deemed as the world’s nicest, due to the cheap transport system and wealth of coffee houses, architecture, palaces and operas, which make it so popular with tourists, including those in Vienna on European river cruises.

Vienna is the best city in the world for quality of life

To put Vienna’s high placement into perspective, London was only ranked in 40th position, with Birmingham, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast sitting in the list at 52, 55, 57 and 63 respectively. The 2015 Quality of Living survey judges cities based on a variety of criteria, including political stability, education, crime, recreation and transport.

More than 230 cities world-wide are ranked by these criteria, when the survey is conducted during the months of September, October and November. There are 39 factors in total, which fit into 10 categories, and London and New York were both given low scores in some areas which affected their rankings.

Seven of the top ten cities were in Europe, with Germany securing three of the places for the cities of Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt. Zurich and Geneva in Switzerland, and Copenhagen in Denmark also featured in the prestigious list, alongside cities from New Zealand, Australia and Canada who each placed in the top ten.

Vienna has recently featured highly in a number of other significant lists and was deemed as the second most liveable city in 2012 by the Economist Group, and one of the five hotspots suggested by Monocle Magazine.

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