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Colombo has ranked #1 in the South Asia region in Mercer’s 2017 quality of living

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Colombo has ranked #1 in the South Asia region in Mercer’s 2017 quality of living survey. Colombo ranks number 132 globally out of the 231 cities surveyed.

The annual survey, which is run by Mercer to help companies “compensate employees fairly when placing them on international assignments” considered factors including a city’s political stability, crime levels, economic environment, personal and cultural freedom, health services, standard of education, transportation, housing and environment.

Colombo beat out several larger cities such as Mumbai and New Delhi, globally ranked at 154 and 161 respectively. In South Asia, Colombo fared much better on quality of living compared to Dhaka in Bangladesh (# 214), and Islamabad (#194), Lahore (#202) and Karachi (#204).




The survey ranked developing, unsafe and war-torn cities among the worst places for quality of living. Baghdad came in last place, with Damascus in Syria and Port au Prince in Haiti also among the bottom 10.

Western European cities dominated the rankings, with Vienna remaining in the # 1 spot for the 8th year in a row and Zurich taking 2nd place.

City Infrastructure plays an important role when multinationals decide where to establish locations and was ranked separately this year. Singapore topped the list for city infrastructure which assessed factors such as each city’s supply of electricity, drinking water, public transportation, and the range of international flights available from local airports.

Top 10 cities for quality of living

Rank – City – Country

1 – Vienna – Austria

2 – Zurich – Switzerland

3 – Auckland – New Zealand

4 – Munich – Germany

5 – Vancouver – Canada

6 – Dusseldorf – Germany

7 – Frankfurt – Germany

8 – Geneva- Switzerland

9 – Copenhagen- Denmark

10 – Basel – Switzerland

10 – Sydney – Australia

Worst 10 cities for quality of living

222 – Conakry – Guinea

223 – Kinshasa – Democratic Republic of the Congo

224 – Brazzaville – Congo

225 – Damascus – Syria

226 – N’djamena – Chad

227 – Khartoum – Sudan

228 – Part au Prince – Haiti

229 – Sana’a – Republic of Yemen

230 – Bangui – Central African Republic

231 – Baghdad – Iraq