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World's 10 'most liveable' cities revealed - and Dublin is on the rise

Quality of life

Published 24/02/2016 | 09:29

Danube Canal) of Vienna, Austria. Photo: Deposit
Danube Canal) of Vienna, Austria. Photo: Deposit
Dublin hostels offer great value.

Mercer has released its annual list of the world's most liveable cities, with Vienna No.1 for the seventh year in a row.

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The consulting firm's quality of living survey ranks 230 cities based on a range of criteria including personal safety, political stability, housing, recreational facilities, climate, crime, consumer goods and currency exchange.

Its 10 most liveable cities are:

  1. Vienna
  2. Zurich
  3. Auckland
  4. Munich
  5. Vancouver
  6. Dusseldorf
  7. Frankfort
  8. Geneva
  9. Copenhagen
  10. Sydney

Dublin ranks 33rd on the list, up from 42nd in 2014 and 46th in 2013, placing it ahead of all UK cities, including London (39th).

The news comes in the same week the Irish capital placed third on fDI magazine's European City of the Future rankings - Dublin also ranked among Europe's top three cities for economic potential and business friendliness.

San Francisco was the highest-rated US city (28th) on a list dominated by European, Canadian and Australian ex-pat hubs. 

Baghdad (230) came last on the list, closely followed by Bangui (229), Sana'a (228), Port-au-Prince (227) and Khartoum (226).

Mercer’s survey is geared towards ex-pats, and is conducted to enable multinational companies and other employers to compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments, the firm says.

The lowest ranked European cities are Kiev (176), Tirana (179) and Minsk (190).

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