Dublin 33rd in list of best cities to live in as Vienna rolls the rest

Vienna has been rated as the city with the best quality of living for the third consecutive time by Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings 2016 while Dublin finished in a respectable 33rd position overall.

It was this country’s “stable political environment” that has been given as one of the main reasons behind it’s ranking among the 230 other cities.

Even better news was that we finished a good bit ahead of London which barely struggled over the line in 39th place in what could be its last appearance as a member of the EU; We also saw off the challenge of Edinburgh (46); Belfast (G’wan!) (64); Paris (37); Madrid (52) and Rome (53) which account for seven of the top ten.

The Mercer’s 18th Annual Quality of Living survey is designed primarily to enable multinational companies and employers to “compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments”.

According to its data, those sent out foreign would hope to land in Vienna, where one could go for a ride on its massive Wiener or visit the flat where classical music mentalist Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote some of his biggest hits.


It is followed in order by Zurich (Switzerland); Auckland (New Zealand); Munich (Germany); Vancouver (Canada); Dusseldorf (Germany); Frankfurt (Germany); Geneva (Switzerland); Copenhagen (Denmark) and Sydney (Australia).

In what was a shock to nobody at all Iraqi capital Baghdad came Paddy last, just behind Bangui in the Central African Republic; Sana’a in Yemen, Port Au Prince in Haiti and Khartoum in Sudan.

Noel O’Connor of Mercer Ireland said Dublin’s placement was in part down to “a stable political environment, lower levels of air pollution and a strong socio-cultural environment”.

“The results demonstrate that Dublin remains an attractive location for international businesses to send their employees.”

In other areas, Luxembourg tops the poll in terms of personal safety, followed by Bern (Switzerland), Helsinki (Finland) and Zurich (Switzerland).