New Zealand, UK and Austria have best cities for global quality of life

by Ray Clancy on May 4, 2017

Wellington, Edinburgh and Vienna are named as the top cities worldwide for quality of living in the latest global rankings to be published.

The research from Deutsche Bank put the New Zealand city top, while Edinburgh is the only British city to make the top 10 of 47 cities globally and Vienna is no stranger to the top of these kind of rankings.

In fourth place is Melbourne, followed by Zurich, Copenhagen, Ottawa, Boston, Amsterdam and then Sydney making up the top 10 in the study, which ranks cities according to salaries, living costs, healthcare, commuting time, climate and environment.

The rankings research shows that buying a new iPhone is cheaper in the United States and most expensive in countries such as Turkey, Brazil, Russia and Greece, costing more than US$1,000. Even the UK was 10 times more expensive than the US.

London emerged as the most expensive city for public transport with a monthly travel ticket for inner London costing 48% more than in New York. The cheapest cities for travel were Mumbai and New Delhi in India.

Milan replaced Zurich as the most expensive city to go for a weekend break, mainly because of expensive hotels. Indeed, Zurich was the most expensive city on many measures but also offered the highest salaries. Scandinavian cities also emerged as very expensive.

Bottom in the ranking is Manila, followed by Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Jakarta, Rio, Beijing, Delhi, Sau Paulo, Singapore and Moscow.

‘Wellingtonians know we live in the best spot on Earth, and now the rest of the world is hearing about it as well,’ said the city’s acting mayor Paul Eagle.

‘It’s also a powerful reminder of the things we need to protect for future generations such as our local environment, affordable and accessible housing, ease of movement, quality public transport, and good paying jobs,’ he added.

Edinburgh’s low commuting time means people spend the least amount of time travelling to and from work of any of the 47 cities analysed and the city was ranked second for healthcare satisfaction, third for pollution levels, and sixth for property prices against income.

But the weather is not Edinburgh’s best point, ranking 24th for climate and the cost of living is also high, ranking 25th and also the city was only tenth in terms of safety.

‘From stunning greenspaces to fantastic food and drink, it is easy to see why Edinburgh has ranked so highly in this quality of life study. With phenomenal festivals, world class attractions and two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Scotland’s capital has plenty for visitors to enjoy too,’ said Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland.

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