Dublin named as city with ‘best quality of life’ in Ireland and UK
Dublin has been named as the city with the best quality of life across the whole of Ireland and the UK.
The Irish capital also came out ahead of several iconic cities including Paris, Lisbon, Rome and Madrid.
The survey was carried out by consultancy firm Mercer, who found that Austrian capital Vienna is the best city in the world when it comes to ‘quality of life’.
It is the ninth year in a row that Vienna has been given the accolade.
Dublin ranked as the 34th best city in the world for quality of life. It was the highest entry from Ireland and the UK, ahead of London (41st), Edinburgh (46th), Birmingham (50th), Glasgow (50th), Aberdeen (58th) and Belfast (68th).
Mercer consider various factors when giving their rankings, such as climate, economic and political conditions.
Noel O’Connor, a consultant at Mercer Ireland, said: “Dublin ranks higher than London and compares favourably to a host of other European capital cities.
“Some of the key factors placing Dublin in 34th place in the survey include a stable political environment, lower levels of air pollution and a strong socio-cultural environment.
“The results demonstrate that Dublin remains an attractive location for international businesses to send their employees.”
Mercer create the rankings each year as a guide to companies to the levels of compensation they should offer their employees when sending them on international assignments.
This year the survey also included a rating each city’s sanitation with factors such as waste removal, sewage infrastructure, air pollution, water availability and cleanliness, and spread of disease.
Dublin came 31st in this measure, with Honolulu topping the chart.
The top five cities for quality of life 2018 according to Mercer were Vienna (Austria), Zurich (Switzerland), Auckland (New Zealand), Munich (Germany) and Vancouver (Canada).
Mercer has been creating the quality of life surveys for 20 years. Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) has improved its rankings most in that period, with a 21.5% climb.