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Sunday 20 April 2014

Dublin beats London in poll of best places to live

Evening Panorama Over the River Liffey
Evening Panorama Over the River Liffey

Dublin has beaten London in the latest world rankings of more desirable place to live.

The Irish capital ranked 34 on a list of 223 cities across the globe, according to the Mercer 2014 Quality of Living survey.

Vienna in Austria ranked at the top of the list, while Baghdad was at the bottom.

"Some of the factors placing Dublin firmly in the top 50 for quality of living worldwide include our educational facilities, lower levels of air pollution and recreational and social activities," said Noel O'Connor, senior consultant, Mercer.

Major European cities dominated the top rankings, with Zurich in the number two spot, followed by German cities Munich in fourth place, Düsseldorf (6), and Frankfurt (7).

"European cities enjoy a high overall quality of living compared to those in other regions. Healthcare, infrastructure and recreational facilities are generally of a very high standard.

"Political stability and relatively low crime levels enable expatriates to feel safe and secure in most locations. The region has seen few changes in living standards over the last year," Mr O'Connor added.

However, countries in the former Soviet Union are still struggling, with Tbilisi, Georgia, ranked the lowest in Europe at 191.

Across the Atlantic, Vancouver was fifth worldwide, San Francisco was 27th, Miami was ranked 65th, followed by Houston in 66th place.

"On the whole, North American cities offer a high quality of living and are attractive working destinations for companies and their expatriates. A wide range of consumer goods are available, and infrastructures, including recreational provisions, are excellent," Mr O'Connor added.

The survey is used by multinational companies looking to recruit foreign workers.

Allison Bray

Irish Independent

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