A better place to live

In 2014, Amsterdam ranks 11th on consultancy firm Mercer’s annual Quality of Living index, a position higher than the city’s 2013 ranking. Speaking to a Dutch radio station (in Dutch), Mercer’s Antoni van Huissteden explained that improvements in the city’s infrastructure and cultural facilities have made Amsterdam an even better place to live than previously. 

Vienna once again tops the list, followed by Zurich and Auckland. The majority of the cities in the top 20 are located in Europe. In a press statement Slagin Parakatil, a senior researcher at Mercer, explains why: “European cities enjoy a high overall quality of living compared to those in other regions. Healthcare, infrastructure and recreational facilities are generally of a very high standard. Political stability and relatively low crime levels enable expatriates to feel safe and secure in most locations. The region has seen few changes in living standards over the last year.”

Quality of Living index

The purpose of the Quality of Living index is to help governments and multinational companies compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. Mercer’s Quality of Living index list covers more than 460 cities worldwide.