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World’s Top 100 Most Livable Cities
A new Mercer study ranks cities by the quality of life they offer expatriate executives and their families across the world What foreign postings are most coveted by expatriate executives? To find out, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, which provides advice to multinational companies on international assignments, has come up with a global ranking of the world’s most livable cities based on 39 key quality-of-life issues. They include political stability, currency-exchange regulations, political and media censorship, school quality, housing, the environment and public safety. Mercer collected the data between September and November of 2006 and considered 215 cities around the globe. Switzerland’s main commercial and cultural center, Zurich, topped the list this year, followed by Geneva, and Vancouver and Vienna, which tied for third. To see how other cities fared, check out this interactive table.

World’s Top 100 Most Livable Cities – 2007
travel travel – 4 years ago
1 ZURICH – Switzerland
2 GENEVA – Switzerland
3 VANCOUVER – Canada
3 VIENNA – Austria
5 AUCKLAND – New Zealand
5 DUSSELDORF – Germany
7 FRANKFURT – Germany
8 MUNICH – Germany
9 BERN – Switzerland
9 SYDNEY – Australia
11 COPENHAGEN – Denmark
12 WELLINGTON – New Zealand
13 AMSTERDAM – The Netherlands
14 BRUSSELS – Belgium
15 TORONTO – Canada
16 BERLIN – Germany
17 MELBOURNE – Australia
18 LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg
18 OTTAWA – Canada
20 STOCKHOLM – Sweden
21 PERTH – Australia
22 MONTREAL – Canada
23 NURNBERG – Germany
24 CALGARY – Canada
24 HAMBURG – Germany
26 OSLO – Norway
27 DUBLIN – Ireland
27 HONOLULU, HI – United States
29 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – United States
30 ADELAIDE – Australia
30 HELSINKI – Finland
32 BRISBANE – Australia
33 PARIS – France
34 SINGAPORE – Singapore
35 TOKYO – Japan
36 LYON – France
36 BOSTON, MA – United States
38 YOKOHAMA – Japan
39 LONDON – United Kingdom
40 KOBE – Japan
41 BARCELONA – Spain
42 MADRID – Spain
42 OSAKA – Japan
44 WASHINGTON, DC – United States
44 CHICAGO, IL – United States
46 PORTLAND, OR – United States
47 LISBON – Portugal
48 NEW YORK CITY, NY – United States
49 MILAN – Italy
49 SEATTLE, WA – United States
51 LEXINGTON, KY – United States
52 PITTSBURGH, PA – United States
52 WINSTON SALEM, NC – United States
54 NAGOYA – Japan
55 BIRMINGHAM – United Kingdom
55 TSUKUBA – Japan
55 GLASGOW – United Kingdom
55 LOS ANGELES, CA – United States
59 CLEVELAND, OH – United States
60 MINNEAPOLIS, MN – United States
61 ROME – Italy
62 MIAMI, FL – United States
63 YOKKAICHI – Japan
64 DETROIT, MI – United States
64 ST. LOUIS, MO – United States
66 ATLANTA, GA – United States
67 LEIPZIG – Germany
68 HOUSTON, TX – United States
69 OMUTA – Japan
70 HONG KONG – Hong Kong
71 SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico
72 PRAGUE – Czech Republic
73 KATSUYAMA – Japan
74 BUDAPEST – Hungary
75 KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia
76 MONTEVIDEO – Uruguay
77 PORT LOUIS – Mauritius
78 ATHENS – Greece
79 BUENOS AIRES – Argentina
80 LJUBLJANA – Slovenia
80 DUBAI – United Arab Emirates
82 VILNIUS – Lithuania
83 SANTIAGO – Chile
83 TAIPEI – Taiwan
85 CAPE TOWN – South Africa
85 WARSAW – Poland
87 SEOUL – South Korea
88 ABU DHABI – United Arab Emirates
89 TALLINN – Estonia
90 JOHANNESBURG – South Africa
91 LIMASSOL – Cyprus
92 RIGA – Latvia
92 PANAMA CITY – Panama
94 MONTERREY – Mexico
95 TUNIS – Tunisia
96 VICTORIA – Seychelles
97 PAPEETE – French Polynesia
97 PORT ELIZABETH – South Africa
99 BRATISLAVA – Slovakia
100 SHANGHAI – China

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