Mercer Reveals Top Cities For Expats

By Editorial 25 February, 2014

Vienna offers the best quality of living for expatriates, while Singapore is best in Asia, the latest Quality of Living rankings, compiled by consultancy company Mercer, says.

In Europe, Zurich, Switzerland, placed second, while Munich, Germany, took fourth place.

According to survey respondents, Auckland is the best city in Australasia and third globally, next followed by Sydney (tenth globally.)

In Asia, Singapore, top of the list, is followed by four cities in Japan (Tokyo, Kobe, Yokohama and Osaka.)

Dubai took the top spot in the Middle East. Baghdad was voted as the worst location for expats in terms of quality of life.

Mercer's rankings evaluate local living conditions in more than 460 cities. Thirty-nine factors are taken into account, including: the political and social environment; the economic environment; the socio-cultural environment; medical and health considerations; schools and education; public services and transportation; recreation; consumer goods; housing, and the natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters). The scores are weighted to reflect their relative importance to expatriates.

Companies can use the results to determine whether to give expatriate employees a "hardship allowance," and, if so, how much it should be.

According to Slagin Parakatil, a Senior Researcher at Mercer, the survey also recognizes "second tier" or "emerging" cites that are investing in infrastructure to attract foreign investment. Examples include Cheonan in South Korea, Pune in India, and the ancient Chinese capital city of Xian.

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