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Ben McPartland · 20 Feb 2014, 09:47

Published: 20 Feb 2014 09:47 GMT+01:00

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The latest world rankings for the cities that offer the best quality of life are in, and unfortunately for Parisians the French capital is a long way from the top.

Out of 223 cities worldwide the City of Light and Romance was ranked just 27th. Top of the table was the Austrian capital Vienna, followed by Zurich in Switzerland and then Auckland in New Zealand.

In fourth place came Munich and in fifth was Vancouver in Canada. The French capital was also ranked behind the German cities of Dusseldorf (6th) Frankfurt (7th) and Singapore (25th) which was the highest ranked Asian city.

The lowest ranked city in Europe was Tbilisi in Georgia.

Parisians who are enormously proud of their city can console themselves however on the fact their city was ranked ahead of London (38th), Madrid (50th) and Rome (51st). It was placed behind the popular German capital of Berlin which came in in 16th place.

The highest ranking U.S. city was San Francisco, at joint 27th with Paris, while New York was at number 43. 

“European cities enjoy a high overall quality of living compared to those in other regions. Healthcare, infrastructure, and recreational facilities are generally of a very high standard. Political stability and relatively low crime levels enable expatriates to feel safe and secure in most locations. The region has seen few changes in living standards over the last year,” said Slagin Parakatil, senior researcher at Mercer.

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Propping up the table was the Iraqi city of Baghdad, which finished one place below Bangui, the capital of Central African Republic, which has been devastated by sectarian violence.

There was good news for France however with the city of Pointe-A-Pitre in its overseas territory of Guadeloupe topping the rankings for Central and South America.

Management consultants Mercer, conducts its Quality of Living survey annually to help multinational companies and other employers decide on how much to pay employees posted-abroad.

The survey, carried out in Autumn last year looks at 39 different factors of life in a city grouped into 10 categories, such as Housing, Public Services, Medical and Health, and Transport and Recreation.

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The scores for each factor are weighted to reflect their importance to expatriates.

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