New Zealand cities rank highest in terms of living standards and working conditions for overseas expatriates of the Asia-Pacific cities surveyed for Mercer’s 2011 Quality of Living Survey.
Mercer’s global survey is based on an evaluation of 39 criteria for each city, grouped in 10 categories, including political and socio-economic environment, medical and health considerations, education, transport and housing. The survey covers 221 cities which are compared to New York as the base city.
Georgina Harley, Leader of Mercer’s Information Product Solutions business, said organisations and governments rely on clear and objective information on quality of living differences between cities when relocating employees from one country to another to ensure they compensate them fairly.
Vienna has the best living standard in the world, according to the Mercer 2011 Quality of Living Survey. Zurich and Auckland follow in second and third position, respectively.
The cities with the lowest quality of living are Khartoum, Sudan (217), Port-au-Prince, Haiti (218), N’Djamena, Chad (219), and Bangui, Central African Republic (220). Baghdad, Iraq (221) ranks last in Mercer’s table.
Asia Pacific cities
“As a region, Asia Pacific is highly diverse. Countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Singapore dominate the top of both our general and personal safety rankings, in part because they have been continuously investing in infrastructure and public services,” said Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer. “In general, the region has seen a greater focus on city planning. Nevertheless, many Asian cities rank at the bottom, mainly due to social instability, political turmoil, natural disasters such as typhoons and tsunamis, and lack of suitable infrastructure for expatriates.
The overall regional rankings are as follows:
37 Brisbane Australia
49 Kobe, Yokohama
70 Hong Kong
76 Kuala Lumpur
101 Johor Bahru (Malaysia)