Manila retains its 136th spot in Mercer’s 18th Quality of Living survey, released in London this week.
The survey is an annual ranking of the world’s most livable cities, based on political and social environment, economic environment, socio-cultural environment, medical and health considerations, schools and education, public services and transportation, recreation, consumer goods, housing, and natural environment.
Claiming the top spot this year is Vienna in Austria, followed by Zurich in Switzerland, Auckland in New Zealand, Munich in Germany, and Vancouver in Canada. The lowest score belongs to Baghdad in Iraq (230).
The highest Asian city this year is Singapore, which takes the 26th place. This is followed by Tokyo in Japan (44), Hong Kong (70), Taipei in Taiwan (84), and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (86).
For personal safety, the highest score belonged to Luxembourg.
The highest Asian cities are Singapore (8), the five Japanese cities of Kobe, Nagoya, Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama (32), Hong Kong (37), Taipei (78), and Beijing in China (97).
The least safe cities are a tie between Baghdad and Damascus in Syria.
Mercer’s authoritative survey is one of the world’s most comprehensive, and is conducted annually to enable multinational companies and other employers to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. The data was analyzed between September and November 2015, and will be updated regularly to account for changing circumstances.
Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments.
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