2017 Quality of Living Rankings

Western European cities dominate the top of our 2017 Quality of Living Rankings, with Vienna remaining in the No. 1 spot for the 8th year in a row. City infrastructure plays an important role when multinationals decide where to establish locations and was ranked separately this year. Singapore tops the list for infrastructure.

2017 Quality of Living Highlights

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Quality of Living and Infrastructure Around the World

European cities again dominate the Top 10 destinations with the highest quality of living for expatriates, but Singapore claims the top spot in our infrastructure ranking.

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infographic- Western European cities continue to outperform the rest of the world when in comes to expatriate quality of living, by taking 7 of the top 10 spots.
infographic- Western European cities continue to outperform the rest of the world when in comes to expatriate quality of living, by taking 7 of the top 10 spots.infographic- Western European cities continue to outperform the rest of the world when in comes to expatriate quality of living, by taking 7 of the top 10 spots.
Global Top 10 vs. Bottom 10 Cities
infographic- Taking into account more than 39 factors affecting quality of living, these are the top 5 most desirable cities for international employees in each region.
infographic- Taking into account more than 39 factors affecting quality of living, these are the top 5 most desirable cities for international employees in each region.infographic- Taking into account more than 39 factors affecting quality of living, these are the top 5 most desirable cities for international employees in each region.
Top 5 by Region
infographic- Easy access to transportation, reliable electricity, and drinkable water are important consideration when determining hardship allowances based on differences in an assignee's home and host location.
infographic- Easy access to transportation, reliable electricity, and drinkable water are important consideration when determining hardship allowances based on differences in an assignee's home and host locationinfographic- Easy access to transportation, reliable electricity, and drinkable water are important consideration when determining hardship allowances based on differences in an assignee's home and host location.
Infrastructure Rankings

Additional Resources

Quality of Living Data
Rankings Press Release

For more highlights and a discussion of the rankings from Mercer's quality of living researchers, see the press release.

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