Western European cities top Quality of Living Ranking – Mercer

WESTERN EUROPEAN CITIES TOP QUALITY OF LIVING RANKING ‒ MERCER

  • 23 February 2016  United Kingdom, London
  • Personal safety key factor in determining expat quality of living
  • Vienna ranks highest in overall quality of living 
  • Luxembourg ranks highest for personal safety; Baghdad lowest
  • London ranks 39th in overall quality of living in UK; 72nd in personal safety 

Despite recent security issues, social unrest, and concern about the region’s economic outlook, European cities continue to offer some of the worlds’ highest quality-of-living, according to Mercer’s18th annual Quality of Living survey. Safety, in particular, is a key factor for multinationals to consider when sending expatriate workers abroad, both because it raises concerns about the expat’s personal safety and because it has a significant impact on the cost of global compensation programmes.   

“Heightened domestic and global security threats, population displacement resulting from violence, and social unrest in key business centres around the world are all elements adding to the complex challenge facing multinational companies when analysing the safety and health of their expatriate workforces,” said Ilya Bonic, Senior Partner and president of Mercer’s Talent business. “Multinational companies need accurate data and objective methods to determine the cost implications of deteriorating living standards and personal safety issues when compensating expatriates.

Read more: Western European cities top Quality of Living Ranking – Mercer

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