The 19th Mercer Quality of Life study has placed Vienna at the top of world’s best cities to live in for 8th time in a row.
Interestingly, no Indian city could make it to the top 100. Hyderabad at number 144 is the highest ranked Indian city.
Other Indian cities on the list include; Pune (145), Bengaluru (146), Chennai (151), Mumbai (154), Kolkata (160) and New Delhi (161).
Singapore (25) topped in Asia as the city with the best quality of living, well ahead of Tokyo and Hong Kong because of its efficient infrastructure.
In Asia, Tokyo was at 47 and Hong Kong at 71, with both declining slightly in the index.
Singapore was top of the list on quality of city infrastructure, which includes supply of electricity, drinking water and phone services.
The survey of 231 cities helps companies and organisations determine compensation and hardship allowances for international staff.
It uses dozens of criteria such as political stability, health care, education, crime, recreation and transport.
Global centers London, Paris, Tokyo and New York City did not even make the top 30, lagging behind most big German, Scandinavian, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian cities.
Switzerland’s Zurich, New Zealand’s Auckland, Germany’s Munich and Canada’s Vancouver followed Vienna in the top five of most pleasant cities to live in.
Meanwhile, Baghdad was again ranked lowest in the world.