Friday, April 06, 2007

Quality of living / City rankings

quite surprising (except the ranking from bagdad...) . click on the headline to see more details on the calucalation.

ein paar echte überraschungen (mit ausnahme von bagdad...). bitte auf die überschrift klicken um die details der berechnungsgrundlagen nachzulesen.

The analysis is based on an evaluation of 39 quality of living criteria for each city including political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport and other public services.

Zurich is the most pleasant city for expatriates, according to Mercer, a consulting firm. Its annual survey compares 39 measures in 215 cities, such as transport and crime. Singapore, Tokyo and London rank higher than New York. Baghdad is the world's worst place to live and work

Germany three times in the top ten! / deutschland 3 mal in den top 10!


here a list of the top 50 / hier die liste der top 50

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Anonymous glückliche Gedanken said...


5:31 AM  
Anonymous samk said...

I lived in Germany for 6 years over two timeframes. (My father was in the US Army.) I lived in Mannheim and Darmstadt. Germany certainly is a beautiful country. How can one ever forget the Rhine river on a sunny day? I wish I had been more appreciative of history and culture at the time, but I was young. My main concerns were ice cream and pommes frites! I am going back one day with my family.

6:07 AM  
Anonymous NoVa Sideliner said...

I can actually agree with some published city rankings, for once!
Ja, ich stimme zu!

Between Munich, Sydney, London, and some others farther down on that list where I've actually lived (and lived as a resident, not under the wing of a generous corporate sponsor), this survey seems to have it right.

Naja, 's waere ganz gut wenn ich auch in Zuerich leben koennte, doch... I never had the time to push for it. Vielleicht im Zukunft.

Ich kann wohl sagen: For Americans who get a chance to live in these places, get away from the typical tourist/expatriate high-end stuff, live like the locals, work with the locals, and make lots of local friends. (And pay local taxes and rents!) It gives you a very good perspective that you will carry with you long after you've moved on.

6:54 AM  
Blogger jmf said...

thanks for the comments.

i agree that germany has many beautiful places.

i live at one of them at the coast.

unfortunately the number of us visitors is on the decline.

thanks to the $ weakness....

12:45 AM  
Anonymous Gunther said...

The survey seems not to look on living expenses. Look on or a different website for condo prices. 120000 canada dollard for a 400 sqft shack thiry years old or more then half a million for an average house in the outskirts. Pay that from a regular salary - good luck.
In Canada a small town called Leamington made it in the highest ranks with taking weather and living expenses into account. Such a rating is always very depending on the criteria you apply. But Vancouver is known for a high suicide rate, partially caused by the rainy weeks (rainy days would be an understatement) On the other hand, Leamington is "Tomato capital of Canada" and a sunny spot on Canadas southsore at Lake Erie. A house there on a decent lot costs some 150000 CDN$.

5:51 AM  
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