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New Zealand leads region in Quality of Living Survey, Singapore leads Asia

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:

3 Auckland

11 Sydney

13 Wellington

18 Melbourne

21 Perth

25 Singapore

37 Brisbane Australia

46 Tokyo

49 Kobe, Yokohama

57 Osaka

70 Hong Kong

76 Kuala Lumpur

80 Seoul

85 Taipei

92 Busan

95 Shanghai

100 Noumea

101 Johor Bahru (Malaysia)

109 Beijing

140 Jakarta



About Samantha Magick

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