A city with coffee shops on nearly every corner, bike paths meandering through its charming streets and plentiful green spaces, Vienna retained its crown as the city with the best quality of life, according to a global survey by management consultancy Mercer.
The picturesque capital of Austria, which has topped the rankings for five consecutive years, was followed by Zurich, Auckland, Munich and Vancouver.
Mercer's Quality of Living survey evaluates living conditions in 440 cities looking at 39 factors including political stability, crime, media censorship, medical supplies and services, availability of international schools and public transportation.
The survey is intended to help multinational companies determine compensation packages for their employees when placing them on international assignments.
Europe's strong showing
European cities dominated the remainder of the top ten, with Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Copenhagen and Sydney ranking in 6th to 10th place.