Most—and least—desirable places to live

December 4, 2012 | Categories: Infographics | Tags:

European cities continue to dominate the rankings in Mercer’s 2012 Quality of Living Survey, with Vienna, Austria, cited as having the best quality of living among 221 cities globally. Baghdad, Iraq, has the lowest. Mercer conducts the survey annually to help multinational organizations compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments. Living conditions are analyzed based on 39 factors grouped into 10 categories, ranging from economic environment and schools/education to housing, recreation, safety/health and public services.

“In order for multinational companies to ensure that expatriates are compensated appropriately and an adequate hardship allowance is included in compensation packages, they must be aware of current events and local circumstances,” said Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer. “Factors such as internal stability, law enforcement effectiveness, crime levels and medical facilities are important to consider when deciding on an international assignment, and the impact on daily life that could be encountered by the expatriate in overseas placements.”

See how quality of living varies around the world for expatriate workers.

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