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Amsterdam 12th on most liveable cities list

DutchAmsterdam.nl — Amsterdam ranks 12th in a list of the world’s most livable cities — advancing from the 13th place it has occupied the past four years.

As usual European cities dominate the worldwide rankings of locations with the best quality of living reported in Mercer’s Quality of Living survey.

Cafe Fonteijn, Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

Cafe Fonteijn, Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

Mercer — a global leader in human resource consulting, outsourcing and investment services — conducts the annual survey to help governments and multi-national companies compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

Mercer’s Quality of Living index list covers 221 cities, ranked against New York as the base city. In this years survey, New York is listed at number 47.

The company evaluates local living conditions, which are then are analysed according to 39 factors grouped in 10 categories, including the Political and social environment, the economic environment, and the Socio-cultural environment (censorship, limitations on personal freedom, etcetera).

Personal Safety Ranking

This year, the survey separately identifies those cities with the highest personal safety ranking based on internal stability, crime levels, law enforcement effectiveness and the host country’s international relations.

Luxembourg tops this personal safety ranking, followed by Bern, Helsinki and Zurich – all ranked at number two. Vienna ranks fifth, while Geneva and Stockholm both rank sixth. Baghdad (221) is the world’s least safe city (and also came in last in the list of most livable cities).

Amsterdam shares 17th place with the Canadian cities of Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver.

This year’s Quality of Living survey is published in November rather than April/May as in previous years. It is based on data from Mercer’s latest Quality of Living Survey. The new timing of the survey and press release provides a more current assessment of quality of living in the world that employers can use for planning purposes.

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