Dublin tops London and Paris in quality of life survey

Dublin has been ranked ahead of London and Paris in a new worldwide quality of life survey.

The study by international consultants Mercer showed the Irish capital maintained last year’s 25th position on a list of 215 cities.

Vienna, Vancouver, Auckland and Swiss cities Zurich and Geneva topped the list while Baghdad and N’djamena in Chad and Sudan’s capital Khartoum languished at the bottom.

The Mercer 2009 Quality of Living Global City Rankings are calculated on a points system based on dozens of criteria such as political stability, crime levels, banking services, health services and climate.

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

Other criteria in the ten categories include currency stability, censorship, waste disposal, pollution levels and the standard of international schools.

Recreation facilities such as restaurants, cinemas, theatres are also measured.

Also released today was a Mercer study measuring levels of public infrastructure, where Dublin is ranked at 58th of 215 cities.

Criteria such as traffic congestion, public transport and airport access were taken into account as well as water facilities and access to telephone and postal networks.

Singapore, Munich and Copenhagen were ranked in the top three of this survey while Baghdad and Lagos in Nigeria were last.

Cities ranked ahead of Dublin included London, Paris, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Data for the survey was collected between September and November last year and is regularly updated to take account of changing circumstances.

Mercer executive Patrick Robertson said: “As a result of the current financial crisis, multinationals are looking to review their international assignment policies with a view to cutting costs.

“Many companies plan to reduce the number of medium to long-term international assignments and localise compensation packages where possible through an allowance, based on quality of living criteria.”


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