Auckland third best for quality of life

Last updated 06:49 05/12/2012
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TOP THREE: Auckland was third behind Vienna and Zurich in a global quality of living survey.

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Auckland is the third best city in the world for its overall quality of living, just behind Vienna and Zurich, an annual survey claims.

The annual Mercer Quality of Living Survey helps multinational companies and other organisations compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments.

This year's ranking also separately identifies the cities with the best infrastructure based on electricity supply, water availability, phone and mail services, public transportation, traffic congestion and the range of international flights from local airports.

Singapore placed first on these benchmarks, followed by Frankfurt and Munich.

Auckland was 43rd on that index and Wellington 48th.

"In order for multinational companies to ensure their expatriates are compensated appropriately and an adequate hardship allowance is included in compensation packages, they must be aware of current events and local circumstances," said Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer.

"Factors such as internal stability, law enforcement effectiveness, crime levels and medical facilities are important to consider when deciding on an international assignment, and the impact on daily life that could be encountered by the expatriate in overseas placements."

In August Auckland was named 10th most liveable city on the Global Livability Survey and in July Monocle magazine ranked us at ninth most liveable.

In the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey Auckland is the top Asian city.

The top ten:

1 Vienna

2 Zurich

3 Auckland

4 Munich

5 Vancouver

6 Dusseldorf

7 Frankfurt

8 Geneva

9 Copenhagen

10= Bern, Sydney

13 Wellington


Bottom 10

39 Lyon

40 Barcelona

41 Milan

42 Chicago

43 Washington DC

44= Lisbon, New York, Seattle, Tokyo

48 Kobe

49= Madrid, Pittsburgh, Yokohama

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