Great places to live

As in previous years, Vienna tops the list. It is followed by Zurich and Auckland. The majority of the cities in the top 20 are located in Europe, with Amsterdam’s 11th place seeing the town outperforming other European cities such as London (40th), Berlin (14th), Stockholm (joint 19th), Brussels (22nd) and Luxembourg (joint 19th). According to a press statement from Mercer, the cities of Western Europe remain attractive because they continue to offer a stable environment for employees and employers. According to Mercer’s Mobility Consultant Benelux, Ellen Van Arenthals, Amsterdam’s excellent connectivity, low crime rates and outstanding health care contribute to the high quality of life expats find here.

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.