Brussels in 14th place for quality of living

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Like last year Brussels is in 14th place in the quality of living global city rankings. The top three on the list are Vienna, Zurich and Geneva.

The rankings are compiled by research agency Mercer.

Mercer compiles a list every year of the 'most liveable cities' based on a dozen criteria, including the economy, education, public transportation, and recreation. In total, 215 cities are ranked based on a point-scoring index. Cities are ranked against New York as the base city with an index score of 100.

In first place with 108.6 points is Vienna. Baghdad, at the bottom gets 14.4 points. Mercer's Quality of Living ranking is conducted to help governments and major companies place employees on international assignments.

Overall, European cities continue to dominate the top locations in this year's survey. Second on the list is Zurich, followed by Geneva.

The top ten

Vienna (Austria)
Zurich (Switzerland)
Geneva (Switzerland)
Vancouver (Canada)
Auckland (New Zealand)
Dusseldorf (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
Frankfurt (Germany)
Bern (Switzerland)
Sydney (Australia)

For the full list visit the Mercer website.

This year's ranking also identifies the cities with the best infrastructure based on electricity supply, water availability, telephone and mail services, public transport provision, traffic congestion and the range of international flights from local airports.

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