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Dublin's better place to live than Paris or Brisbane

DUBLIN is a better city to live in than Paris, London, Honololu or Brisbane.

That's according to a new Mercer worldwide quality of life survey.

Dublin tied with the Australian capital, Canberra, for 26th place in the 2010 Mercer Quality of Living survey rankings of the Top 50 cities.

The ranking puts it ahead of cities such as Singapore (28), Adelaide (32), Boston (37), Milan (41) and Madrid (48).

Dublin has slipped one place from its 25th international ranking last year -- but the list has been expanded from 215 cities in 2009 to 221 this year.

The survey says Dublin is number 33 in its list of eco cities, mainly because of its low levels of air pollution, but cities such as Belfast, Pittsburg, Aberdeen, and Helsinki all scored higher on their eco credentials.

The survey ranks cities on a points system, based on dozens of criteria, such as political stability, crime levels, banking services, health services, education, transport and climate.

It is used by firms to calculate allowances for staff and their families who are transferred abroad for work.

Vienna keeps its top spot as the city with the best quality of life, followed by Zurich, Geneva, Vancouver and Auckland.