2016 Quality of Living Index: SINGAPORE is in Top 20…….. NOT

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Mercer has released its Quality of Living Index and it’s no surprise who’s in the Top 23… But guess who is NOT in?

New York City is not in, concrete jungle no. (in fact, the entire USA is not in, like what the trump…?!)

London is not in, bollocks, blimey, crikey!

Singapore is not in, wa lau eh, nin nah b… (in fact, the entire Asia is not in, not even Tokyo.) 

Here are the Top 23:


23. Montreal, Canada
22. (joint) Perth, Australia  |  Brussels, Belgium
20. (joint) Stockholm, Sweden  |  Luxembourg
18. Hamburg, Germany
17. Ottawa, Canada
16. (joint) Melbourne, Australia  |  Toronto, Canada
14. Bern, Switzerland
13. Berlin, Germany
12. Wellington, New Zealand
11. Amsterdam, Netherlands
10. Sydney, Australia
9. Copenhagen, Denmark
8. Geneva, Switzerland
7. Frankfurt, Germany
6. Dusseldorf, Germany
5. Vancouver, Canada
4. Munich, Germany
3. Auckland, New Zealand
2. Zurich, Switzerland
1. Vienna, Austria


Every year Mercer, one of the world’s largest HR consultancy firms, releases its Quality of Living Index, which looks at which cities provide the best quality of life.

The ranking is one of the most comprehensive of its kind and is carried out annually to help multinational companies and other employers to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments, according to Mercer.

Looking at 450 cities across the world, Mercer takes into account the following metrics:

  • Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement)
  • Economic environment (currency-exchange regulations, banking services)
  • Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom)
  • Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution)
  • Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools)
  • Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion)
  • Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure)
  • Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars)
  • Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services)
  • Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters)

Mercer made a list of 230 countries and Business Insider took a look at the Top 23.

Read the FULL ARTICLE on Business Insider.

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