Human resources and consulting firm Mercer has published the report of their Quality Living Survey for 2017 and Vienna ranks highest for the 8th year in a row.
Despite increased political and financial volatility in Europe, many of its cities offer the world’s highest quality of living and remain attractive destinations for expanding business operations and sending expatriates on assignment, according to Mercer’s 19th annual Quality of Living survey. Vienna occupies first place for overall quality of living for the 8th year running, with the rest of the top-ten list mostly filled by European cities: Zurich is in second place, with Munich (4), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt (7), Geneva (8), Copenhagen (9), and Basel, a newcomer to the list, in 10th place. The only non-European cities in the top ten are Auckland (3) and Vancouver (5).
I visited Vienna for the first time a year ago. I was not familiar with Mercer’s ranking at the time. I simply knew her as The City of Music, The City of Dreams, cultural and artistic center, the ball season, waltz, opera, Secession, Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner, Belvedere Palace, The Gardens of Schönbrunn… but there is so much more and beyond.
What swept me off my feet is the warmth of that city’s embrace, which makes me feel welcomed, as if I have always belonged there. I fell in love with Vienna instantly.
Charlotte Schwarz www.knallschwarz.at
Lucila Romero www.thelightintheroad.wordpress.com
Julia Dávila-Lampe www.instagram.com/chaulafanita
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