Swiss cities among best for expats

Image Caption: Zurich scored second-highest when it came to social and economic factors but it didn’t do as well when it came to infrastructure (Keystone

Zurich, Geneva and Bern figure among the top ten places to live worldwide because of Switzerland’s political stability, low crime rate and good medical facilities, according to a survey by consulting company Mercer.

The quality of living ranking, which takes into account the political, social, economic and socio-cultural and natural environments as well as education, public services, housing, recreation and consumer goods, is topped by Vienna, followed by Zurich and Auckland, Munich and Vancouver.

Geneva was eighth, Bern tenth, and Baghdad came last.

Mercer compares every year living in New York with the life in 221 other cities to help companies and organisations determine a fair salary for employees on international assignments.

Packages need to include an adequate hardship allowance, which compensate expatriates for decreased quality of living between home and host location, Mercer said.

“Factors such as political stability, crime levels and the quality of medical facilities have the largest weighting because they have the largest impact on daily life expatriates may encounter on an international assignment,” Slagin Parakatil, a senior researcher at Mercer, told


Categories: Europe, Switzerland

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