Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Bucharest drops two places in Mercer's quality of living city ranking

Bucharest drops two places in Mercer's quality of living city ranking

Kuwait City ranked 126th out of 231 cities in the 2019 Quality of Living Ranking published Wednesday. Bucharest, at number 109, ranks low in the European list but better than other European cities such as Sofia (116th) and Belgrade (139th). Seoul jumped two places from 2017 after their political stability returned when their president was arrested past year.

The survey also highlighted notable cities in South-east Asia, such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Manila and Jakarta. On the other hand, Bangui (230th) and Baghdad (231st) take the last two spots.

In mainland China, notable cities include Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Three Swiss cities feature in the top 10 of the latest Mercer quality of living rankingexternal link, which once again is top-heavy with European metropolises. In 2019, Vancouver also keeps its title as the highest ranking city in North America for the last 10 years. It shares this position with Sydney, Australia.

Safest cities This year's ranking also included an additional focus on personal safety, with Western Europe dominating the category.

The data was analysed between September and November 2018.


"The security of the individual is informed by a wide range of factors and is constantly in flux, as the circumstances and conditions in cities and countries change year over year".

Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services).

The list can be used to calculate the salaries of expatriated workers sent to destinations around the world, Mercer says.

"Considering its relatively small geographic footprint and the scarcity in resources, Singapore has had to think differently to remain competitive against neighbouring emerging markets", Mr Ferraro said.

The city's residents are still suffering from many hurdles including electricity shortages, crippled infrastructure and unemployment. Gambia's progress towards a democratic political system, alongside improved worldwide relations and human rights meant that Banjul (179) not only had the most improved quality of living in Africa, but also in the world, rising six places this year. This was ahead of London, which remained at 41, Edinburgh at 45, Glasgow at 48, Birmingham at 49, Aberdeen at 57 and Belfast at 64.

Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution).

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