Vienna topped Mercer’s 2010 Quality of Living worldwide rankings, while Baghdad came in last.
Indian cities rank way down on the list although they have improved their rankings from last year.
“This year, unlike the last, we have seen an upswing in the ranking of Indian cities largely on account of the relatively stable political environment and the easing of foreign trade,” Gangapriya Chakraverti, India business leader, Mercer Information Product Solutions, said in a release. “Having taken into account environmental factors which impact quality of living for the first time, we have tried to provide even more tangible values to perceptions of what constitutes quality of living, in addition to the more obvious attributes such as health and safety.”
Chakraverti sees “eco rankings”, which focus on areas such as traffic congestion, water availability, air pollution and waste management, gaining greater attention in the future.
“The rankings indicate that Bangalore and New Delhi continue to be perceived as the best among Indian cities with Mumbai coming in a close third,” said Rupam Mishra, leader of the global mobility practice at Mercer India’s Information Product Solutions business.
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