Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Minsk comes last among European capitals in Quality of Living Ranking

Minsk comes last among European capitals in Quality of Living Ranking

The survey-based ranking of global cities, the Mercer Quality of Living City Ranking, was published on Wednesday. For the tenth year in a row, Austrian capital Vienna topped the ranking, followed by Zurich (Switzerland), while joint third place went to Vancouver (Canada), Auckland (Australia) and Munich (Germany).

Venezuela's capital fell 29 positions on the world scale, ranking 202nd out of 231 cities analyzed by the worldwide consultancy based in NY.

San Francisco topped all USA cities at No. 34, followed by Boston (36), Honolulu (27), and NY (44). The ranking looks at 231 cities around the world.

Western European cities also dominated the safest cities rankings.

"Companies looking to expand overseas have a host of considerations when identifying where best to locate staff and new offices", Bonic continued. Luxembourg was named as the safest city in the world, followed by Helsinki in Finland and the Swiss cities of Basel, Bern and Zurich. Despite still featuring at the bottom of the quality of living list, Baghdad has witnessed significant improvements related to both safety and health services.

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Over in Asia, Singapore has the highest quality of living, followed by five Japanese cities: Tokyo (#49), Kobe (#49), Yokohama (#55), Osaka (#58), and Nagoya (#62). Phnom Penh ranks lowest for personal safety, while safety continues to be an issue in the central Asian cities of Almaty, Tashkent, Ashgabat, Dushanbe and Bishkek.

The cities were assessed by the level of internal stability, crime, the position of the law enforcement agencies, restriction of personal freedom.

In South America, Montevideo (78) is ranked highest, while continued political turmoil kicked Caracas (202) down nine spots. The quality of living remained broadly unchanged from previous year in other key cities, including Buenos Aires (91), Santiago (93) and Rio de Janeiro (118).

Yerevan is ranked 170th among 231 cities, in between Jilin (China) and Vientiane (Laos). If Amsterdam wants to make it into the top 10 next year, it will have to devote more attention to traffic problems and recreation.

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