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Two Irish cities among the best in the world to live

Dublin has been named one of the best cities in the world to live, according to a recent quality of life survey.

The results are from Mercer’s Quality of Living Survey which ranks 230 of the world’s cities on a variety of different criteria.

According to Mercer the aim of the survey is to “help multinational companies and other employers fairly compensate employees when placing them on international assignments”.

Two Irish cities named among the best places in the world to live

Ireland’s capital finished a respectable 33rd out of 230 in the list – putting it higher than New York, London, Paris and Barcelona.

Mercer’s results are reached by analysing 39 separate factors which are grouped into ten categories;

• Political and social environment (political stability, crime, law enforcement, etc.).
• Economic environment (currency exchange regulations, banking services).
• Socio-cultural environment (media availability and censorship, limitations on personal freedom).
• Medical and health considerations (medical supplies and services, infectious diseases, sewage, waste disposal, air pollution, etc.).
• Schools and education (standards and availability of international schools).
• Public services and transportation (electricity, water, public transportation, traffic congestion, etc.).
• Recreation (restaurants, theatres, cinemas, sports and leisure, etc.).
• Consumer goods (availability of food/daily consumption items, cars, etc.).
• Housing (rental housing, household appliances, furniture, maintenance services).
• Natural environment (climate, record of natural disasters).

Austrian capital Vienna finished in the number one spot in the list, which saw most of the highest places taken up by European cities.

The top 10 cities to live, according to Mercer

1 – Vienna, Austria
2 – Zurich, Switzerland
3 – Auckland, New Zealand
4 – Munich, Germany
5 – Vancouver, Canada
6 – Düsseldorf, Germany
7 – Frankfurt, Germany
8 – Geneva, Switzerland
9 – Copenhagen, Denmark
10 – Sydney, Australia

To find out more visit Mercer’s website.

While Dublin was the only city in the Republic to make the list, Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast was not far behind, finishing 64th – putting it ahead of great American cities such as Houston, Miami and Atlanta.

It’s great to see the two Irish capital cities finishing in respectable positions in the quality of life survey.

Both have a wealth of history and culture and are fantastic cities to visit as well as being great places to live.

Find out more about Dublin.

Find out more about Belfast.

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5 thoughts on “Two Irish cities among the best in the world to live

  1. Susan Clarke-Lynn

    I’ve only visited Ireland once, last year, but am so anxious to return next March to explore Northern Ireland. Then, another trip to Cork! I love reading all of the stories I see, which has rejuvenated my Irish ancestry! Boston’s my hometown, and I enjoy meeting so many Irish who live here!

    30/05/2016 at 11:57 am
  2. Simone romaniuk

    I was born in Waterford and will go back and rest my bones there nothing left in England for me

    27/03/2016 at 6:47 pm
  3. Daryl Chidester

    I ve been Ireland. And I can tell why Dublin made the list.Beautiful place nice people

    05/03/2016 at 8:02 pm
  4. Susanna

    I don’t feel safe in the UK anymore. my partner was born in Cork, I want to settle in Ireland
    . I have visited a number of times over the years back packing.

    24/02/2016 at 8:22 am
  5. Marie Ryan

    Someone once wrote to me on google+ saying that I shouldn’t live in Ireland but staying there was good for me. All because I posted that I would love to live in Ireland one day!

    23/02/2016 at 3:05 pm

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