Only one Aussie and one Kiwi city have world class quality of living… 4



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Quality of life is something we all search for. We like to be healthy, happy and safe but when it comes down to numbers, where does your city stack up?

Global consulting firm, Mercer conduct an annual quality of living survey and analyse cities around the globe to rank them based on the quality of life they provide.

They take into account things like culture, socio-economics, income, climate, political instability, crime and safety, infrastructure, employment quality, work life balance, resources and other elements of life to measure the cities.

This year only one Australian city has made it into the top ten raking in tenth place and a New Zealand city has earned the third place – it’s pretty amazing to have the third best quality of life in the world!

European countries dominate the top ten whereas African and Middle Eastern countries fill out the bottom ten.

As we get older, different things contribute to our quality of life. When we’re younger we want education, employment and social entertainment and as we get older that changes to healthcare, social support and entertainment.

So take a look at the list and tell us, where do you live and how do you find the quality of living? What contributes to giving you a high quality of life now? Share your thoughts in the comments below…


The best places for quality of life

  1. Vienna, Austria
  2. Zurich, Switzerland
  3. Auckland, New Zealand
  4. Munich, Germany
  5. Vancouver, Canada
  6. Dusseldorf, Germany
  7. Frankfurt, Germany
  8. Geneva, Switzerland
  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
  10. Sydney, Australia


The worst places for quality of life…

  1. Baghdad, Iraq
  2. Bangui, Central African Republic
  3. Port au Prince, Haiti
  4. Khartoum, Sudan
  5. N’Djamen, Chad
  6. Sana’a, Yemen
  7. Brazzaville, Republic of Congo
  8. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  9. Conakrey, Guinea
  10. Nouakchott, Mauritania



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  1. We live in New Plymouth, Taranaki. We have our mountain for skiing, tramping and daily walks, the sea and surf for all water sports, Pukekura park for idyllic walks and and an outdoor concert venue. What more could you ask for? Oh yes our coastal walkway. Last but not least awesome people live in New Plymouth.

  2. Auckland New Zealand number 3 in the world and there are much better places in New Zealand but they are not major cities. God’z own.

  3. We emigrated to Wellington, NZ from London 5 years ago and wished we had come sooner. We have a son living in Sydney and have to inform you we are well travelled and have been everywhere here in NZ. Wellington is far nicer than Auckland and the only other place we would consider living is Nelson on the South Island Both Wellington and Nelson are, in our opinion, far more better places than any of the top nine you mention in your survey.

  4. Copenhagen yes– if you can Cycle all year round, and about 8-9 months of cold weather, and never want to dine out (So Expensive)
    Sydney yes– if you like crowds of people & lots of traffic…..

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