Every year Mercer publishes a report on the best cities to live in if you are an expatriate. Although it is aimed at entrepreneurs, the data are incredibly useful for anyone who has in mind moving abroad. Get all the tough questions about the city, such as security, the cost of living, the level of crime and the list of countries with other nations. The ranking aims to measure the quality of life, based on factors such as purchasing power, crime rate, climate, health care, cost of living, housing prices, traffic, and pollution.
- Sydney (Australia)
The largest city in Australia is one of only two cities belonging to English-speaking countries on the list. No doubt the natural beauty of Sydney, built around a beautiful (the largest in the world) natural harbor.
The fact of being able to go to work using the extensive ferry network is a bonus. And it has beaches. And the Australian economy is thriving. Crossing the Bay Bridge or visiting the Sydney Opera House are the must-sees of this destination. It may be the tenth on the list, but there are many highlights to living in Sydney.
- Copenhagen (Denmark)
The capital of Denmark, the northernmost city of the classification, is charming. It is another of the cities that, year after year, appears in the different rankings that measure the quality of life in the world.
If you can withstand the cold winters, Copenhagen is a great place to live. The culture is great, it houses some of the best restaurants in the world (like the Noma), and since the construction of the Øresund bridge was completed, it takes very little time to go to Sweden.
- Geneva (Switzerland)
Geneva is a truly international city, home to many departments of the UN and the Red Cross. Besides, thanks to its excellent views of the river and art museums, it has become an attractive travel option in Europe.
That said, it has been steadily falling in the Mercer ranking after having reached third place in 2009. It is one of the most expensive cities to live on this list, and acquiring a visa to work in Switzerland can be quite difficult especially if you are not of the EU.
- Frankfurt (Germany)
Frankfurt is the financial capital of Europe. Why? For housing the European Central Bank, the German Federal Bank, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, the Deutsche Bank and much more.
Beyond finance, Frankfurt also has excellent universities, beautiful architecture (both old and new) and with more than 25% of the foreign population, its cultural diversity makes it a great place to live.
- Düsseldorf (Germany)
The seventh largest city in Germany is ranked sixth in the Mercer ranking. Düsseldorf is known for being the global financial center and for its trade and fashion fairs. As the German headquarters of many global advertising agencies (Publicis and Ogilvy & Mather among them), it is a good place to find work.
Also, being situated on the banks of the Rhine and having a thriving cultural scene is not a bad place to call home.
- Vancouver (Canada)
Vancouver, on the Pacific West Coast, is Canada’s third-largest metropolitan district with 2.4 million people. It has a diverse culture in which almost 50% of the residents of the city have a native language other than English.
Vancouver is also a green city and is committed to becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020, which is quite impressive.
- Munich (Germany)
Munich, located in Bavaria, just north of the Bavarian Alps, is the third largest city in Germany with 1.5 million inhabitants.
Famous for hosting the Oktoberfest, a 16-day folk beer festival, it is a lively and vibrant center. It also has the strongest economy and the lowest unemployment rate (3%), of any German city.
- Auckland (New Zealand)
Auckland is next to Sydney one of only two cities in the southern hemisphere of the classification. It is the largest urban area of New Zealand and also the most populated, as 32% of New Zealand’s 4.7 million inhabitants live there. Auckland is also the ninth most habitable city according to Economist 2015. Visitors prefer it thanks to its rich nature and beautiful beaches.
- Zurich (Switzerland)
The second Swiss city to enter the ranking’s list. Like many of the previous cities, Zurich has some amazing scenery. It is a city for lovers of great sights situated on the shores of Lake Zurich, within walking distance of the Alps. This city stands out thanks to the anti-pollution policies that it is implementing and its purchasing power.
That said, Mercer also places Zurich among the three most expensive cities according to the cost of living; the views have a price.
- Vienna (Austria)
Vienna is the largest city in Austria and also its capital. It has a population of 1.8 million inhabitants, is situated on the beautiful Danube (yes, the song) river and leads being considered one of the best cities to live over the past ten years. He has led Mercer’s ranking since 2011, and The Economist ranked it first in his 2005 study that examined 127 cities around the world.
Culturally also offers a lot: impressive architecture, an excellent musical legacy and is called “The City of Dreams” thanks to which houses the house of Sigmund Freud. It is a fascinating place to live.